Centre will soon announce an economic package for J&K: Lt Governor Manoj Sinha

A committee was formed to prepare a report on the revival of businesses in the UT


Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, on Monday, said a financial package to revive the economy of Jammu and Kashmir would be announced by the Centre in a week.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, Sinha said the committee that was formed to prepare a report over the revival of business in Jammu and Kashmir has submitted the same to the Centre which is actively looking into it. “The report is under consideration with the government of India and a big announcement was on cards within a week”, he added.

The Lt Governor said the package would be the first ever to cover not only the ailing sectors, but also the sectors that have suffered in the Union territory. He pointed out that businesses in Jammu and Kashmir have been suffering not just in the past one year, but for the past 15-20 years.

Speaking about the alleged killing of three Rajouri labourers in an encounter by the Army at Ashimpora in Shopian on July 18, Sinha said the incident is being probed at two separate levels and his administration will ensure justice in the case. “I will ensure that there is no injustice,” he added.

About inconvenience caused on the highways because of the movement of security forces convoys, Sinha said he will talk to the media about the issue very soon.

He said public darbars at divisional and sub-divisional levels will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners will listen to the grievances of people and ensure timely redressal.

“This will be on a rotational basis,’’ he said. In the first week, divisional commissioners will attend darbars at divisional levels, and on the next Wednesday they will remain present at sub-divisional levels.

He said after three months, similar darbars will be held at the block level as well. Sinha further said the 'Back to Village Programme-3' will begin after Gandhi Jayanti on October 2.

He also announced Rs 10 lakh for each panchayat for developmental works. “ The aim is to make every village in Jammu and Kashmir a model village,” Sinha said.

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