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91% Of Kashmir Open For Traffic: Indian Envoy To US

New Delhi: Noting {that a} part of the media particularly within the US has peddled half-truths and incorrect details about the state of affairs within the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, India’s Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla has mentioned that 91% of the Valley has been opened to regular visitors and individuals are freely speaking to their family.

“It is only 9% of the Kashmir Valley that has certain (traffic) restrictions. At the same time, 26,000 landlines have been opened up in Kashmir Valley. People can talk to their relatives, people have communication. There is no communication gap whatsoever between people in the valley and their relatives in other parts of India and other parts of the world,” Shringla mentioned.

In a clarificatory dialog aimed toward placing the details straight about abrogation of Article 370 that ended the hilly state’s political autonomy, the Ambassador mentioned that the transfer was aimed toward re-organising the state administratively. He famous that this was the 12th time that the Indian authorities had gone for an administrative reorganisation.

Shringla mentioned that the executive reorganisation of the state had under no circumstances impinged on the boundaries of the state of Jammu and Kashmir or the Line of Management and subsequently is an inside matter of India.

“It was necessary given the circumstances,” he mentioned.

With Article 370 going, Shringla mentioned the individuals of J&Okay will now have the chance to get good governance, social justice and financial growth. Girls who had been earlier discriminated in opposition to will get their due function within the society via participation in grassroot-level elections.

“Women were particularly discriminated against as they could not participate in grass-root-level panchayat elections. Women could not inherit property if they married a non-resident of the state while if a resident of J&K who was a man married a non-resident he could inherit property,” he mentioned.

Shringla mentioned that loads of funds didn’t percolate all the way down to the grassroots even because the Centre transferred cash to the states.

“In the last 15 years alone, the government of India allocated $42 billion for the development of J&K but very little of this reached the grassroot level,” he acknowledged.

In consequence, it created a moribund economic system and lack of growth. This discouraged funding and entrepreneurship within the state. It led to a sense of despondency among the many youth and Pakistan took benefit of this via cross-border terrorism and incitement of violence, he mentioned.

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