Prelims cum Mains

Solution for J&K peace: Jobs for youth, expose of corrupt separatists

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In News:
  • Using the opportunity of President’s rule in Jammu & Kashmir, the Centre is working on a multi-pronged strategy to win the hearts of people in the state.
Background
People in the State are looking for change:
  • Local officials see a sense of fatigue and a yearning for change across the state.
  • People in state want change and better governance.
  • One such initiative called ‘Back to Village’ campaign was organized recently.
  • One of the biggest achievements of the state was also the huge response to elections to urban local bodies and panchayats, which witnessed turnout of over 74%, despite boycott call by regional parties, Hurriyat and death treats issues by the terrorist organisations.
News Summary:
  • The union home ministry is working on a multi-pronged strategy to win the hearts of people in Jammu & Kashmir, including:
    • A strong push to development projects for generating employment opportunities
    • Exposing local politicians involved in scams and serving their vested interests
Measures to win over people
I. Generating employment opportunities:
  • Unemployment in the state is a major factor leading to distress among the youth.
  • The state government is working hard to generate employment, and the centre is now seeking to push development projects for generating employment opportunities.
  • The state has planned an investment summit in October, where it will also address the apprehensions of potential investors.
II. Exposing local politicians:
  • To wean people away from the influence of separatists, the centre is set to publicise on a mass scale the double standards of separatists to expose them.
  • At least 220 wards of 112 separatists and their sympathisers in the Valley, including Hurriyat leaders, are settled abroad.
    • For example, Tahreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai’s two sons , work in Saudi Arabia and are settled there.
    • Son of Jamaat-e-Islami president Ghulam Muhammad Bhat is a doctor in Saudi Arabia. Dukhtaran-e-Millat’s Asiya Andrabi’s sons are studying abroad in Malaysia and Australia.
  • This is in sharp contrast with their incitement to schoolchildren to engage in stone pelting and force closure of schools, and the calls for sacrifice and suffering.
III. Improved governance:
  • The Home Minister has given clear instructions to encourage transparency in administration and to deal sternly with cases of corruption
  • Expeditious efforts are being put in to make the administration accountable.
  • Unnecessary departments will be shelved and senior officials are being asked to establish direct contact with common masses.
  • Success of the ‘Back to Village’ programme is seen as a reflection of people’s improving trust in the administration.
‘Back to Village’ campaign:
  • As part of the campaign, gazetted officers spent two days and a night in all 4,483 panchayats of the state.
  • Terrorist Zakir Musa’s father was also one of the participants in the ‘back to village’ event at Dadsara in Tral area.
  • Huge security cover was provided to officials visiting the villages, including in south Kashmir which is still in the grips of terrorism.
  • Despite the need for security of officials, success of the ‘back to village’ event is seen as a major impetus to peace initiatives and efforts to weed out extremists from the state.

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