Centre’s `massive outreach’ programme to begin from Jan 18
Srinagar, Jan 16:
Five months after the abrogation of Article 370, Narendra Modi-led government
has embarked on an outreach programme to make people aware about the “positive”
impacts of the revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Source said at
least 36 ministers are scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir for a week from
January 18. They are schedule to address people at 59 places including 51 in
Jammu and eight in Kashmir.
Among the five
central ministers who will be addressing people in Kashmir are Ravi Shankar
Prasad, G Kishan Reddy, Shripad Naik, Niranjan Jyoti and Ramesh Pokhriyal.
“G Kishan Reddy
will address people in Ganderbal town on January 22 and Manigam on January 23.
Ravi Shankar Prasad will address people in Baramulla on January 24. Niranjan
Jyoti, Ramesh Pokhriyal and Shripad Naik will address gatherings at SKICC
Srinagar,” sources said.
Prakash Javadekar may also address rallies in Kashmir. Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, V K Singh, Anurag
Thakur, R K Singh and Giriraj Singh are among union ministers who would address
rallies in Jammu.
schedule for the visit will be finalised at a meeting of the Union Council of
Ministers on Friday.
Ministry of Home
Affairs has also sent background material about developmental activities to the
A top official
said all the preparations are being made for the visit. “Police and central
forces have been directed to ensure adequate security arrangements,” he said.
The official said
ministers however won’t visit restive south Kashmir. “They will address at
those places which are relatively peaceful,” the official said.
A BJP leader said
the visit is part of Centre’s “massive outreach programme” to interact directly
with the people of J&K. “BJP workers and leaders would also attend these
rallies. Ministers will try to make people aware about positive impact of Article
370 abrogation,” he said.
On January 14,
Minister for Home Affairs wrote a letter to J&K Chief Secretary B V R
Subrahmanyam informing him about the contours of the visit. “Union Minister
Amit Shah has desired that all members of the union council of ministers shall
pay a visit to the Union Territory with the objective of disseminating
information about the importance of the government policies with regard to
overall development of J&K and its people along with the steps taken by the
Government of India in this direction particularly in the last five month,”
reads the letter.
will interact with the people during the visit to different districts and
educate the people under various themes including rapid development after
President’s Rule from June 2018 and now after re-organization in August, 100
percent coverage of 55 beneficiary oriented schemes to all residents of
J&K, rapid infrastructure development including implementation of PMDP,
flagship schemes and iconic projects, Good governance and rule of law with
equality of opportunity to all, rapid industrial growth with employment and
rapid economic growth in all sectors with focus on incomes.
Under the public
outreach programme, the Union Ministers will visit different districts in both
the divisions of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, with the objective
of disseminating information about the importance of the Centre’s policies for
the overall development of the Union Territory and its people along with the
steps taken by the government particularly in the past five months after the
abrogation of Article 370 provisions and bifurcation of erstwhile state.
If everything is normal, why send 36
‘propagandists’ to Kashmir: Sibal
Press Trust of
New Delhi, Jan
16: The Congress on Thursday slammed the government over its decision to send
36 Union ministers to Jammu and Kashmir and said if everything was
“normal” there, what was the need to send “propagandists”.
A group of Union
ministers will visit Jammu and Kashmir later this month to spread awareness
about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and the
development measures taken by th government for the region.
The schedule for
the visit of the ministers to the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir is
likely to be finalised at a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on
says all is normal in Kashmir. If so, why send 36 propagandists to Kashmir? Why
not allow non-propagandists to go and understand the situation prevailing
there?” tweeted senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
ministers will visit different districts in both the divisions of the Union
Territory starting from January 18 to January 24 and the Home Ministry is
Ministers running around J&K in 6 days is a sign of Panic not normalcy.
Abrogating Article 370 was a blunder & no quick fixes will work Humpty
Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king’s horses and
all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again,” tweeted Congress
spokesperson Manish Tewari.
This will be the
second round of visit by the Union ministers to Jammu and Kashmir after the
abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state on August 5.
month, in one of the meetings of the council of ministers, a presentation was
also been made on the development initiatives taken by the Centre following the
imposition of the governor rule in the region.
Release detained leaders if Kashmir situation
New Delhi, Jan
16:The Congress on Thursday slammed the Modi government’s plan to take 36 Union
ministers to Jammu & Kashmir, saying if it believes that everything is
normal in Kashmir then itshould release the detained Kashmiri leaders first.
Speaking to IANS,
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said, “Either Modi government
trusts the European MPs, who believe in going on tours and that was the reason
why they were brought to Kashmir.”
He said that the
government was taking its 36 ministers to Kashmir to mislead the people about
the situation in the newly-created Union Territory. Slamming the government for
putting the opposition leaders under house arrest, Shergill said, “They
have made Kashmir as a zoo, where the opposition leaders have been put under
house arrest. And now they are taking their leaders to visit the zoo.”
government on August 5 abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution from Jammu
& Kashmir that gave special status to the erstwhile state and bifurcated
the state into two Union territories — Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
abrogation of Article 370, the government suspended internet and mobile
services in Kashmir and also put several opposition leaders including three
former Chief Ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti
under house arrest.
Taunting the BJP
government, the Congress leader said, “If the government wants to bring
the situation in Kashmir to normal then they need to release the opposition
leaders and pay damages to the people of Kashmir whose businesses have suffered
in last five months.”
He also said that
the government also needs to rework the image of the country after putting
Kashmir under a communication blackout.
BJP-led NDA government, Shergill said that the government is only
“champion in headline management” and they are zero on the economic
front and they have no focus on national security and Kashmir.