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New Delhi : Union Home & Cooperatio Minister Amit Shah on August 31, 2021, launched the web portal for registration of units under the ‘New Central Sector Scheme’ for Industrial Development of Jammu and Kashmir through video conferencing in New Delhi.

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Somprakash, and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry. Anupriya Patel, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha and Union Home Secretary were also present.

Shah, in his address, said that a new dawn of investment and industrial development will begin in Jammu and Kashmir with the launch of this portal. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, a new beginning of employment and prosperity will start in Jammu and Kashmir and the promise he made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be fulfilled, which is a big milestone.He said that this interactive web portal will attract investment of more than Rs 50,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir and will lead to inclusive, all-round development of the Union Territory, according to a PIB release.

The Union Home Minister said that the industrialists from all over the country also want Jammu and Kashmir to be developed and by investing here, they would not only benefit themselves, but would also like to contribute to the development of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that in GST, up to 300 percent refund has been given on plant and machinery and for a period of ten years. There is also a provision for interest subsidy and a revival package and the environment that will be created will bring many other ancillary industries to J&K.

Shah said many provisions have been made for the already running industries, which they can take advantage of this, and he was sure that lakhs of youth will get employment.He said apart from tourism, education,and IT in Jammu and Kashmir, this policy will also take forward many other possibilities.

He said that the work of creating an environment of development had started in Jammu and Kashmir from 2019. He said for the all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister had announced a package of Rs 80,068 crore in Srinagar on November 7, 2015,  of which 54 projects worth about Rs 58,627 crore have been started  out of which 17 projects have been fully completed.even new medical colleges and 5 new nursing colleges have been sanctioned for J&K and the number of medical seats has been almost doubled from 500.

Shah said many hydroelectric projects have been started in Jammu and Kashmir, which will benefit industries as well as increase revenue. He said the 196 MW Ujh Hydroelectric Project worth Rs 9,167 crore would irrigate about 31,380 hectares of land.With the development of agriculture, the income of the people will increase and the economy will be strong. He said the 1,000 MW Pakal Dhul project is the biggest project in Kishtwar district at a cost of Rs 8,120 crore and its work will be completed by December 2024 and will generate 3,330 million units of electricity annually.

Shah said J&K has implemented One Nation, One Ration Card scheme, and Ujjwala, DBT, Saubhagya and many other schemes have also been fully implemented here. He said when the standard of living of an individual rises, his aspirations and expectations also increase and this creates a good environment for the economy.

The Home Minister saShah id the Prime Minister had made an ambitious plan, in which the target of providing clean drinking water to every household was set before 2022, and by August 15, 2022, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir will fulfill this target. Shah said that &K is the only state where every person has received the benefit of Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Yojana and so far 94,990 people have taken its benefit.

He said that under Pradhan MantriAwasYojana-Gramin, a total of 1,36,722 houses have been approved of which 47,323 houses have been given. Shah said, ” I want to tell those who say that what is the difference, that in 70 years the previous governments did not provide even basic facilities like houses, toilets and electricity and water to about 2,20,000 families of the state. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided all these necessary facilities to the people within 2-3 years. He said that while preparing this scheme, it has been kept in mind that those who set up industries in less developed areas will get more benefits so that there can be an all-inclusive and all-round development of J&K from the point of view of industries.

The Union Home Minister said that there is also a UT cadre in J&K which will ensure availability of adequate manpower. Also, Hindi and English have been given official language status along with Urdu and Dogri. Shah said that the elections to the three-tier Panchayati system in J&K were conducted peacefully without even a single bullet being fired and today all the people are exercising their rights. He said that these elections marked a new beginning of development in J&K. He said that the number of tourists visiting here has increased a lot and now tourists are coming here to enjoy the free environment.