Karnataka

Temples shut in J&K will be reopened: Kishan Reddy

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy on Monday said all the temples closed in Jammu and Kashmir would be opened.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Mr. Reddy alleged that nearly 50,000 temples in the Valley State were closed while about 90% of them were destroyed. He said a survey of destroyed temples has been ordered. Steps are being taken to open the closed schools and cinemas in the Valley, he added. Dwelling on the Centre’s plan for the development of Jammu & Kashmir, he said two Union Territories would come into existence from October 31, which happens to be the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Soon after, two Lt. Governors would be appointed to the UTs.

It has been decided to provide government jobs to five youth from every village in Jammu & Kashmir, besides taking up a special recruitment drive for the defence forces, he said.

Mr. Reddy alleged that apple farmers were not getting full benefit of sales of their crop owing to the menace of middlemen. While farmers get only about 30% of the total value, the remaining money is being cornered by middlemen. Now, the Centre has decided to put an end to this by taking measures to market apples through the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India, he said.

He also confirmed that Assembly elections would be held in Kashmir when the situation improves.

On flood relief

Replying to queries about the delay in release of flood relief to Karnataka, Mr. Reddy said on Monday that the Centre has sought reports on flood loss from more than 10 States.

“When we get reports from all the States, we will place them before the Union Cabinet and release the relief,” he said, maintaining that the Centre was going to help all the flood-hit States, including Karnataka.

The Congress and JD(S) have been targeting the Centre as well as the BJP government in the State over the delay in release of Central assistance for flood relief efforts. Mr. Yediyurappa had, on Sunday, expressed confidence that the Centre would release flood aid within a few days. However, Mr. Reddy did not announce any time frame for release of the Centre’s contribution.


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