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Relief package to bring the deteriorating economy of J&K back on track soon: Lieutenant Governor

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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Monday that an economic package will be announced soon to bring the economy of the Union Territory back on track. Sinha said that the package will be rolled out within a week.

On the investigation into the Shopian encounter, LG said that the families of the three youths missing from Rajouri will get full justice. He said that this new program of ‘Back to Village’ will complete all the work which was left behind to empower a village. The state will proceed on the policy of zero tolerance added Sinha.

During the press conference at Raj Bhawan Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said that the report of the committee constituted to compensate the loss to the affected businessmen and people from other sectors in Jammu and Kashmir has been received and it has been submitted to the centre from where within a week of a comprehensive package for the revival of the deteriorated economy will be announced.

Speaking to reporters at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar on Monday, LG said “the industry and trade here have not been affected for only 15-16 months, but I believe that the business here has been affected for the last 15-20 years. A committee was formed to assess its loss, which has given its report and its information will be put before everyone within a week.”

“The package which is about to be received was never thought of in the past and will hardly be available in future for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. This will include not only the businessman but also all the affected people,” added Sinha.

It is to be noted that the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reported a loss of Rs 40,000 cr in two consecutive lockdowns since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

When quizzed about the encounter on July 18 in Amshipora area of Shopian district of southern Kashmir, LG said that whatever legal action could have been taken regarding this incident is being taken.

Manoj Sinha said, “The army is conducting its investigation while a separate inquiry committee has been set up by the state administration. I want to assure that there will be complete justice with the families of the three youths of Rajouri, who allege that the three terrorists killed in the encounter are their children who went to work.”

Sinha announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for development works to every panchayat. The Lt. Governor also announced that Back to Village Program-3 will begin on October 2 on the day of Gandhi Jayanti, when officers would listen to the grievances of people at their doorsteps.

Lt Governor also announced that regional discrimination in administration in the Union Territory will not be tolerated. Along with this, he pledged to use technology to curb corruption. “Discrimination between Jammu and Kashmir or sharing of union territory on any basis will not be tolerated at all,” Sinha told reporters on Monday. “While I am here, discrimination will not be tolerated at any level — whether it is at the level of the Chief Secretary or at the level of the Lieutenant Governor,” added Sinha. He also said that the administration will use technology to root out corruption from government offices.

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