Will ensure land, jobs, assets are protected for locals: J&K LG

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SRINAGAR — The Jammu and Kashmir administration will ensure that jobs, land and assets are protected for the people of the Union Territory as it invites investments after the abrogation of the special status, its Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu said here on Monday.

The LG was addressing businessmen at a roadshow organised for the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Global Investors’ Summit.

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“Let me tell you, a lot of apprehension is there, and local people also have apprehension that if we open up Jammu and Kashmir, there will be a host of people coming from outside, and what about us?” he said.

“At this forum, I would like to say that although we have opened up everything, we will see to it that jobs, land and assets are protected for the (local) people, as it happens in Gujarat,” Murmu said.

Murmu said J&K youths are proactive and competent, and there was no lack of skilled manpower, and industry setting up units there will create ample opportunities for them.

He said the J&K Government is working to remove barriers and facilitate a single-window system in order to attract investment and claimed that Jammu and Kashmir was witnessing a “paradigm shift” after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A.

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The Central government on August 05, 2019, revoked Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, and announced the bifurcation of the erstwhile State into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“We have implemented a three-tier Panchayati Raj system. We are empowering urban local bodies. We are implementing other things, and also decentralising. Everything will be in place. We will be facilitating a single-window system and are also replicating the iNDEXTb kind of thing. So you will see more ease of doing business,” he said.

iNDEXTb is an investment promotion organisation of the Gujarat government to facilitate industrial development.

Appealing to Gujarati entrepreneurs to invest in Jammu and Kashmir, Murmu said the kind of apprehension about the region that existed earlier is no longer here. “Apprehensions like militancy and other things are limited to certain pockets. That too has become negligible. What was happening in earlier years is gone. There is a completely peaceful atmosphere there,” he said.

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Murmu said while there were no restrictions now on outsiders purchasing land in J&K, the government is investing in urban infrastructure and connectivity and has earmarked a huge land bank to set up industries.

He said while the region has ample hydropower supply, skilled manpower, and connectivity, his government has come out “with a very competitive policy,” drafting sectoral policy to facilitate investment. “We are restructuring departments, streamlining each and everything to provide ease of doing business. We are facilitating everything,” he said.

The J&K administration held its sixth and last roadshow in Ahmedabad for the upcoming Investor’s Summit to be held in May. It seeks to attract investments, especially in textiles, food processing and manufacturing from Gujarat.

Five roadshows were earlier held in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai, with MoUs promising investments of Rs 10,000 crore signed, an official said.

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