Jammu and Kashmir moving towards developmental works: Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the national executive meeting said that the terrorism incident in Jammu and Kashmir has gone down.

“The political resolution says that terrorism related incidents between 2004-14, 2081 died in J&K. While from 2014 to Sep 2021, 239 civilians died in J&K. J&K is moving towards developmental works,” ANI quoted Sitharaman as saying.

She added, “We also discussed how after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Block Development Councils and District Development Council elections were conducted and how people are willing to come out to participate in democratic processes.”

“A statistics I’d like to highlight is the Industry Promotion Scheme worth ₹28,400 crore, which was launched in Jan 2021, for Jammu and Kashmir. 54 projects worth ₹56,201 crore have also been launched. Today, because of the Jan Aushadhi Yojana, affordable medicines are being made available to the poor and middle class. Also, over 75,000 health and wellness centres have been set up,” the Finance Minister said.

The BJP NEC meeting was held after a gap of almost 1.5 years. Among those who attended the meeting included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.

Niramala attacks opposition

Nirmala Sitharaman at BJP’s national executive while listing the accomplishments of the government attacked the opposition of accusing them of tarnishing India’s image.

“While India is being praised across the world for the vaccination program, we also remember the skepticism spread by the opposition over the vaccination from the very beginning,” she said.

The minister said that India’s “great methodical way” in administering over 100 crore vaccine doses is being praised across the world. She pointed out that ₹ 36,000 crore was allocated in the budget for vaccination and improving overall healthcare infrastructure.

The entry of women in defense and Army, and the establishment of Sainik schools came as a part of the resolution, the minister said. Women-led development is our motto, she said.

Several party leaders in the meeting have stressed on vaccination numbers and the distribution of free ration to the poor under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. “Taking care of human lives, we gave food to 80 crore people for 8 months,” Sitharaman said.

She also pointed out that “one nation, one ration card” was issued. This scheme allows migrant workers to get ration at the place of their work in other states as well where their ration cards are not registered.

The minister also referred to the reading down of Article 370, claiming that Jammu and Kashmir is now moving from “terrorism to development” in spite of “all the troubles”.

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