The minority affairs ministry's team will visit the Kashmir valley to identify the areas where Centrally sponsored schemes could be implemented. The move comes after abrogation of Article 370 that provided special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to news agency, the minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: "A high-level team of the Ministry, including Secretary, will visit Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Development possibilities like school, colleges, hospital, job etc will be reviewed. Earlier also scholarships were given by our ministry on a large scale but never reached to the people, maybe previous the system was not interested in this" Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi added.
The minority affairs team will be in Srinagar on August 27-28, sources informed Republic TV. The plan of the ministry is to also visit Kargil, Leh and Jammu. It will explore areas where development has not reached, the minority affairs minister said. Not just Ministry of Minority Affairs, other ministries will also ensure development in the region, Naqvi added. Narendra Modi led Central government has massive plans for the development of the Kashmir valley, Jammu region as well as Ladhak and Leh areas which were discriminated since so long. Not only our ministry, other ministers will also ensure development in the recently announced UTs and fill the gap of development," he added.
On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Additionally it has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan took a number of steps including expulsion of the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution is India's internal matter. Despite Pakistan's repeated attempt to internationalise the issue, international community including UN has categorically said that it is a bilateral matter and there is no scope for 'third party mediation'. Moreover, to Pakistan's embarrassment, Imran Khan's minister have been peddling fake news to attract the international forum towards Kashmir issue, but the Indian army has busted their attempts each time.