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42K people lost lives in militancy in J&K over years, security forces in full control of situation now: Amit Shah

Jammu, Oct 4: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said 42,000 people lost their lives to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir over the years but security situation has improved now to such an extent that no one dares to call a hartal or indulge in stone-pelting.

Shah also said the Modi government wants to end militancy, corruption, bring all-round development and make Jammu and Kashmir number one in the country.

A zero tolerance policy has been adopted towards militancy, ensuring complete control of the security forces over the situation, he said, while inaugurating or laying foundation stones of development projects here.

He said, “42,000 people lost their lives due to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. Those who support militancy sitting in the government were identified and action has been taken.” Those who used to call ‘hartal’ or pelt stones on security forces were curbed totally and now no one has courage to give any such call, he said. “Do you know why there is not a single stone-pelting incident in Kashmir now. Because stone-pelters were sitting in the government at that time.” He also said there has not been a single encounter now as militants were given an opportunity to surrender.

Shah said militant incidents have come down by 56 per cent, casualties among security forces by 84 per cent. Recruitment as militant cadres has also come down, he said.

Holding J&K’s three political families responsible for the “backwardness” of Jammu and Kashmir, he said the UT lagged behind on all development parameters due to their alleged misrule.

But the situation changed after 2014 as the Modi government gave priority to Jammu and Kashmir’s development, and it is progressing well now, he said.

Even though Shah did not identify the three families the obvious reference was to the Abdullahs (National Conference) Muftis (PDP) and the Nehru-Gandhi (Congress).

He said there has been big changes ever since Article 370 and Article 35-A were abrogated on August 5, 2019.

The home minister said that from independence till 2019, investments worth just Rs 19,000 crore had come to Jammu and Kashmir. But after 2019, Rs 56,000-crore worth investment has come to Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

He said as many as 27 lakh people of Jammu and Kashmir are now getting health insurance benefits of up to Rs 5 lakh while 58 per cent people getting piped water in their homes.

Those eligible are also getting STs quota benefits, he said.

Those who wanted to indulge in corruption continue to do so for 75 years which stopped in 2019.

He also referred to the Rs 80,000 crore development projects announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a few years ago saying the projects are progressing well while some have already been fully implemented.

The package consists of 63 projects concerning 15 ministries and has an outlay of Rs 80,068 crore.–(PTI)

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