No need for youth to take up arms, given J&K’s resources: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha

Srinagar: There was no need for the youth to take up arms in Jammu and Kashmir, given its resources and talent, lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha has said. Addressing a function in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on Thursday, Sinha said development was not possible without peace and alleged some people were intentionally misleading the youth of Kashmir.

“The whole country is witnessing a change and people of J&K should be participants in that change… Some people here intentionally want to misguide our youngsters. I request you all to take J&K on the path of development… There was no need to take up arms… We have a lot of potential and talent in J&K which has no match across the country,” he said.

The LG inaugurated a common facility centre of chain stitch and crewel embroidery cluster that will cater to 5,000 artisans with multi-pronged intervention for capacity building, skill development, design, product and market development. Of an estimated four hundred thousand artisans, 280,000 are registered with the administration and around 1.5 million are dependent on them.

“In J&K, before August 5, 2019, 5 km of road was constructed daily. Today we construct 20 km of road every day. From 2,500 km road macadamising annually we now macadamise 7,500 km road every year. Soon, we will provide an uninterrupted supply of electricity. Projects no longer languish in perpetuity in J&K,” Sinha said. “After Punjab and Haryana farmers of J&K have the highest income. This change happened in the last few years,” he said.

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