On the occasion of Panchayati Raj Day, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of such projects in Jammu, which will bring great relief to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The government will invest 20 thousand crores and Investments of Rs 38 thousand crores have been made in the last two years.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by investors from Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With this investment, the facilities of the people of Kashmir will increase and lakhs of new jobs will also be created. By launching a 500 kW solar plant in Patli village of Jammu, he has given a message to the whole country that if India tries, it can be free from pollution of electricity, fuel and oil in the next few years.
Many construction works like the tunnel from Banihal to Qazigund will be completed, as a result of which the movement and traffic will be more safe and easy. The central government nowadays is contributing much more for Jammu and Kashmir than before. The central government gives 64 percent of its total expenditure. Very few states of the country get such a huge amount of help from the central government. These announcements made for Jammu and Kashmir on the day of Panchayat Raj are welcome, but this big question is also worth considering that how many rights have we given to the Panchayats in the country?
Making Panchayats powerful means decentralization of power. Are the central and state governments ready for this? There is also a complaint of the people in Jammu and Kashmir that for how long will the central government keep the special status remain stuck in limbo, which was abolished in August 2019? Both the Prime Minister and the Home Minister had assured that statehood would be restored. The Gupkar alliance has vigorously demanded that special status. It had also secured a clear victory in the 2020 Zila Vikas Parishad elections. It also has a complaint that Kashmir is being diluted by increasing Jammu's six seats in the assembly.
Kashmiri leaders are getting suffocated by the current restrictions, there is no doubt that peace and order is better in Kashmir at this time than it was earlier. Terrorist incidents also happen occasionally but there is no news of any terrorist incident on a large scale. The credit for this goes to the active Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and his capable officers, but normalcy will prevail in Jammu and Kashmir only when the democratic process starts there.
Now Jammu and Kashmir has also been opened for outsiders. They can go and live there like other states. Due to the increase in the number of tourists in the summer, the economic relief of millions of people has also increased. Apart from this, Shahbaz Sharif's government in Pakistan is expected to strictly control cross-border terrorism and will also hold fruitful dialogue with the Indian government on the question of Kashmir. The message that the Prime Minister gave to Jammu and Kashmir is that they will no longer have to bear the hardships that their forefathers have suffered. It is really heartwarming. It is hoped that such an atmosphere can be created in Kashmir soon. Public welfare has increased in Kashmir but the return of democracy is equally important.