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As Jammu and Kashmir marks three years since the abrogation of the Temporary Special Status under Article 370 of the Constitution, the prime minister’s tireless efforts have not only sprouted the seeds of development, but have almost eradicated stone pelting, terrorism and corruption. Union Minister Narendra Modi and Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha are the heads of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir.

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When Parliament took the bold decision to abrogate Article 370 on August 5, 2019, it was no surprise that those opposed to the decision created an uproar and threatened bloodshed in Kashmir. However, three years later, the politicians and armchair experts who predicted doom have nothing to say as the union territory is rapidly emerging as a hub for outside investment and development.

A silent majority in Jammu and Kashmir was in favor of abrogation of Article 370 as it only gave them corrupt and nepotistic politicians, but this special status clause became a breeder of terrorism and separatism. Although terrorists still target innocent civilians at the behest of Pakistan, the relentless crackdown by the police and security forces against the terror ecosystem over the past three years has ensured its early demise.

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Overall statistics show that there has been a decline in incidents of infiltration and terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir since 2019.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, dynastic politics has taken a backseat and politics of development has taken center stage, which pleases the common man. The so-called special status of the erstwhile state was used by dynastic political families and their cheerleaders as a tool to loot the government coffers and hindered the implementation of laws and development projects as businessmen and industrialists could not come.

What was denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for 70 years is now being given to them. All major schemes of the central government including individual beneficiary-oriented schemes are being actively implemented in the Union Territories. The Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) health scheme, which provides health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh per family per year to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir, has brought relief to lakhs of poor patients here.

The abrogation of Article 370 opened the door for development in Jammu and Kashmir. 1,200 start-ups have registered, of which more than 200 start-ups have received funding so far. As part of Prime Minister Modi’s infrastructure development vision, several new projects worth Rs 1 lakh crore were sanctioned and bottlenecks in the completion of existing projects were removed. Earlier 8,000-9,000 projects were being completed in a year, and now more than 51,000 projects are being completed with speed and transparency. Earlier 6 km roads were built, now it is 20 km per day. On at least 12 health parameters, J&K is above the national average. The central government has undertaken more than 200 administrative reforms to bring ease of doing business.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Prime Minister Modi and LG Sinha, the Industries Department has received investment proposals worth Rs 56,000 crore and the ground-breaking ceremony for projects worth Rs 38,080 crore was held in April this year. However, keeping in mind the fragility of Kashmir’s ecosystem, the J&K administration does not encourage high-pollution industrial units like cement factories, brick kilns, steel and iron factories and stone-crushing units.

As of 2019, due to lack of necessary checks and balances and accountability, J&K’s ecosystem of corruption had grown unchecked for decades, depriving the common people of their rightful benefits. However, war against corruption has been started in Jammu and Kashmir since 2019.

In an unprecedented move last month, J&K LG Manoj Sinha canceled the police sub-inspector recruitment process following allegations of irregularities and recommended a CBI probe. Sinha not only asserted that the culprits of the recruitment scam would be brought to justice soon but also said that this was the first big step towards securing the future of Kashmiri youth.

This raised the hopes of thousands of educated youth in the system, who had seen only favoritism and nepotism from dynastic politicians all their lives. Merit was never considered in J&K till 2019, leaving the youth disillusioned. However, now they have found a messiah in LG Manoj Sinha, who under the Centre’s Prevention of Corruption Act, has given broad powers to anti-corruption agencies to root out corruption in Union Territories.

Another focus area of ​​LG administration is the education sector. Seven new medical colleges have been started, of which four have been commissioned. From 500 MBBS seats in 2018-19 in medical colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, the government has increased it to 1,100 in 2022.

The government has also achieved unprecedented success in its mission of greening the entire Himalayan region and reviving dying water bodies. Initially, the Jammu and Kashmir administration approached the Center to amend the Indian Forest Act, 1927 to include a provision to book forest smugglers under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). To take the ‘green revolution’ forward, the Union Territory administration has set a target of planting 1.5 crore saplings by the end of the year.

Moreover, the government has taken several steps for the all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir, including the Prime Minister’s Development Package, 2015, a flagship programme, the establishment of IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). ), two new AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and roads, electricity etc. Fast tracking of infrastructure projects in

Due to Article 370, democracy never percolated in Jammu and Kashmir and corruption reached its peak. As the rest of the country progressed, poverty increased. However, now that the industry is coming and the youth are getting jobs, the real benefits of abrogation of Article 370 will be seen. The historic decision of August 5, 2019 has brought about a major political and social change in the region. It will take some more years for Jammu and Kashmir to become a hub of development, but the day is not far when the region will be known for progress and prosperity rather than terrorism and stone pelting.

Raja Munib is a columnist from Srinagar. @rajamuneeb is his Twitter handle. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the position of this publication.

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