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Suffering of J&K people ended on August 5, 2019, Lt Gen tells foreign envoys | India News – Times of India

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Suffering of J&K people ended on August 5, 2019, Lt Gen tells foreign envoys | India News - Times of India

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JAMMU/ SRINAGAR: A delegation of envoys of as many as 24 countries met J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in Jammu on Thursday. The envoys were on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir to have a firsthand appraisal of the government’s efforts to restore normalcy and boost development in the Union Territory.
They also visited the 15 Corps headquarters in Badami Bagh Cantt and interacted with Lieutenant General B S Raju, General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps, and other senior officers including inspector general of police Vijay Kumar.
“Years of suffering for people in J&K people ended on August 5, 2019. The efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ushered the Union Territory into a new era, which has brought about socio-economic development in the region and empowerment of the people”, said Sinha while interacting with visitors.
The envoys represented European Union, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Finland, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Senegal, Kyrgyzstan, Ghana, Bolivia, Tajikistan, Estonia among others.
While speaking on the focus areas of the UT Government, the Lt Governor said that the Government is investing more than ever before in infrastructure, industries, education, healthcare, skill development, sustainable.
Terming terrorism as the biggest enemy of humankind, the Lt Governor said that “despite relentless attempts by our neighbour to destabilize the security situation and trigger social disharmony by exporting terror, the government is resolute towards holistic and equitable development of J&K.”
“Recently, peaceful, violence-free and fair elections were held to the district development councils (DDCs) and the three-tier panchayat system was established to strengthen the grass root democracy. Now, true democracy is flourishing in the UT, which is not merely about governance but the feeling of fraternity, brotherhood, communal harmony and attitude of respect and reverence towards each other,” said Sinha as he sought support from the global community in shaping a new future for Jammu & Kashmir.
The envoys were also briefed by police and army representatives on the ground situation at the Line of Control and in the hinterland.
During the visit at the 15 Corps headquarters, where the heads of missions asked questions to the 15 Corps Commander, the envoys were informed that the overall security indicators have improved though terrorists still retain the ability for a terror act, official sources said.
The Corps Commander also drew attention to the propaganda efforts of Pakistan and separatists. He shared that Kashmiri citizens have seen through the lies of the cross-border propaganda and are choosing to ignore it.
On being about about de-radicalization efforts, the Corps Commander shared that the principal supporters in such efforts are parents, society elders and friends who help in identification of youth vulnerable to radical ideology. A joint civil society and government effort is made to counsel and support such an identified youth.

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