NEW DELHI: A day after the terror attack on a bus carrying Jammu Kashmir Police jawans in the down town area of Srinagar, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Tuesday claimed that the incidents of terror have come down since the abrogation of Article 370 in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The government on Tuesday informed the Lok Sabha that security situation in J&K has improved significantly since August 2019 and there has been a significant decline in the terrorist incidents. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) placed official data on the floor of the house to buttress its claims.
In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said, “The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved significantly since August 2019 and there has been a significant decline in terrorist incidents. Security grid has been further strengthened and infiltration of terrorists from across the border has also come down significantly.”
Sharing the details of the terror incidents in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Rai said, “In 2018 417 terror incidents were reported while in 2019, only 255 incidents have been reported.” He said that the terror incidents fell drastically in 2020 as 244 terror incidents were reported and in 2021 till December 5 only 206 incidents have been reported. The estimated net infiltration in 2018 was 143, while in 2019 it was 138. The net infiltration fell to 51 in 2020 and 28 up to October 31 this year, he added.
The minister also shared details on the progress of projects undertaken in the UT under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015. Fifty three projects pertaining to 15 Ministries have so far been implemented at a cost of Rs 58,477 crore in various sectors such as roads, power, health, education, tourism, agriculture and skill development, out of which 21 projects have been completed or substantially completed and the remaining 32 projects are at advanced stage of completion.
Rai said that a new central sector scheme has been notified on February 19 this year for the Industrial Development of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir with an outlay of Rs 28,400 crore, which is likely to provide employment to over 4.5 lakh people while boosting the industrial development of J&K.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir had approved a business revival package of Rs 1,352.99 crore in September last year, he added.
“Under languishing projects programme, 1,192 projects worth Rs 1,983.77 crore were completed, including five projects which were lying incomplete for more than 20 years, 15 projects for more than 15 years and 165 projects for more than 10 years,” he said, adding that J&K has been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission.
Handing out details on the road infrastructure, he shared that during the year 2020-21, 1,289 road construction works were completed at a cost of Rs 1,638 crore. “The construction work of 14,500 km of road has been completed so far under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, which has connected about 2000 places,” he said.
On educational institutions, Rai stated that work on one All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AAIMS) in each of J&K divisions at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore each is under progress, besides seven other medical colleges in J&K; while Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jammu and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu have been made functional.
On power projects, the minister also stated that projects are being fast tracked and Generation capacity of 2500 MW is to be added by 2025. In aviation, international flight from Srinagar to Sharjah has been started on October 23 this year, besides night flights from Jammu and Srinagar.
In his writen reply on attacks on migrant workers, the Minister said, “A robust security and intelligence grid is in place to prevent any terrorist attacks on migrant labourers.” Day and night area domination, patrolling and proactive operations against terrorists are being carried out in the areas where migrant labourers work or reside. “Round the clock checking at nakas, Road Opening Parties are being adequately augmented at strategic points to thwart any terrorist attack on migrant labourers in Kashmir,” Rai said. Adequate steps have been taken for safety and security of the migrant labourers who are expected to return to the Valley after the winter ends, he added. Several migrant workers were targeted by the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this year.