JAMMU: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the biggest achievement of the Central government in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370 was “decisive control” over terrorism in the Valley for the first time.
Addressing the 83rd CRPF Day Parade program in Jammu, Shah said that the government of PM Narendra Modi has ushered in an era of all-round and inclusive development in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that the dreams of Pandit Prem Nath Dogra and Syama Prasad Mukherjee had finally been realized.
“Security forces gained decisive control over terrorism in J&K after the reading down of Article 370,” he stated.
He further said, “Both Dogra and Mukherjee opposed the idea of ‘do nishan, do vidhan aur do samvidhan’ (two symbols, two heads and two Constitutions). Mukherjee laid down his life fighting for the cause. It was under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi that the dream of ‘ek nishan, ek pradhan aur ek vidhan’ has finally been achieved.”
He said that marginalized communities such as Dalits, women, and Paharis, who he said were kept away from the path of progress, became part of development after the special status to erstwhile state was withdrawn.
“Today, democracy is flourishing across Jammu and Kashmir. We have sarpanch and panch in every village. National Highways are being upgraded and all modern means are being employed to uplift J&K,” the home minister said, adding that the Union Territory was making record achievements in every sector.
He praised Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s administration for the successful implementation of Central schemes. “J&K has received Rs 43,000 crore of investment which is the highest since 1947. Construction of roadways has gained a record pace. The administration deserves all the praise for this,” he said.
“Since PM Modi came to power in 2014, J&K has witnessed big changes in minimum time. Democracy has been taken to the grassroots level,” he said, listing the successful conduct of the panchayat election as a major achievement of the government.
He said that seven new medical colleges and two AIIMS will soon start operations in the Union Territory.
The Union home minister also lauded the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for its active and effective contribution in maintaining law and order, fighting terrorism, and eliminating Naxalites.
“We will never forget the valour and courage of CRPF personnel. The great sacrifices made by CRPF men in the line of duty will be written with golden words and the families of martyrs will never be left alone,” Shah said.
He said that the Centre is committed to taking CRPF to new heights and equipping the force with all the latest technology. “I am sure that CRPF will emerge as the country’s elite force soon,” he said.
Home Minister Shah said around 2,340 CRPF jawans had laid down their lives since the inception of the CRPF. “Identify the challenges and adopt the latest technology to make the 3.25 lakh-strong CRPF an effective force in the country,” he said.
Home Minister Shah arrived in Jammu on Friday evening on a two-day visit.