Minority Affairs Ministry team in Kashmir on August 27-28: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mr. Naqvi said the team will also visit Jammu and Ladakh at a later date

Published - August 25, 2019 01:47 pm IST - New Delhi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

A Minority Affairs Ministry team will visit the Kashmir Valley for two days from August 27 to identify the areas to implement centrally-sponsored development projects after provisions of Article 370 was abrogated, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said.

He also asserted that those opposing the government’s withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, acting as per their “political prejudice”, will also come around to support the move after seeing its impact.

“A team of senior officials, including the Secretary, will be visiting the area (Kashmir Valley) on August 27-28. The team will explore development possibilities -- where schools, colleges, skill development centres can be opened,” Mr. Naqvi told PTI in an interview.

The team will look at all possibilities of social-economic development projects, he said.

The minister also said “precautions” taken in Jammu and Kashmir are targeted at a “handful of separatists” who can mislead the people. “It is the job of a responsible government to not allow any misinformation campaign to be run,” he said.

Mr. Naqvi said the team will also visit Jammu and Ladakh at a later date.

The Minority Affairs Minister ruled out reconsideration on abrogation of Article 370 provisions, saying there was no going back.

“It is (Narendra) Modi’s government. Everybody knows that in this government, decision is made after a lot of thinking, but there is no question of a rethink after a decision has been made,” he said.

Asked if people of the Kashmir Valley were supportive of the government move, Naqvi claimed that they were “absolutely supportive“.

The focus of the ministry is now on Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, Mr. Naqvi said, and emphasised that the revocation of Article 370 has opened up possibilities of large scale development there.

He also said the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) will be applicable in all areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

“Now the ministry will be active in the entire region— Leh, Ladakh, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir. We will make efforts to set up schools colleges, polytechnic, engineering colleges and hospitals,” Mr. Naqvi said.

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