Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Jitendra Singh appreciated PM Modi for successful efforts into making the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir realise the importance of self-rule and autonomy.
"A successful attempt is being made by the Prime Minister to make people of J-K understand what is self-rule and autonomy. Families that looted people for 40 years in name of self-rule kept people bereaved from panchayat and BDC election... Those who talk about autonomy are the ones who boycott panchayat elections," he told reporters.
Singh also added that Jammu and Kashmir will receive self-rule and autonomy under the Narendra Modi led Central Government. He appreciated the concept of three-tier grassroots democracy comprising panchayats, BDCs and district councils."The whole state of Jammu and Kashmir is enthusiastic about the BDC election. People in Kashmir Valley have filed nominations in large numbers... They are answering those who used to say that peace will be disturbed if the BDC election takes place," the Union minister said. Polling for the election of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) will be conducted on October 24. The BDC comrpises of 310 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir.
As the situation in Kashmir heads to Normalcy again, Mobile phones in Kashmir buzzed back to life on October 14, connecting 40 lakh postpaid subscribers to their families and friends in the country, the Valley and their neighborhoods after 72 days but without any internet facilities. Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik lifted the Home Department’s advisory on October 7 and urged the tourists to visit the valley. The tourism ban which was imposed on the valley due to security reasons, post the abrogation of Article 370 commenced back from October 10.
The famed Kashmiri apples are also now being exported to the Middle Eastern market. The LuLu Group shipped 10 containers (200 tonnes) of three apple varieties on October 19. The group runs more than 180 hypermarkets and shopping malls in the Middle East.
(With inputs from ANI)