Good governance, devpt is our goal in J&K: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 09:41:01



THE Centre’s goal in Jammu and Kashmir is “good governance, development, responsibility and accountability”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.
“Recurrent terror attacks” that were common under the UPA rule are now history, Modi asserted in an interview to Swarajya magazine while discussing wide-ranging issues of internal security, including Maoist violence and the situation in the North East.

Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s rule since June 20. Asked whether there would be dialogue with stakeholders in the State, he said the Government had appointed a special representative who was in touch with many people. “He is travelling to the interiors and engaging with people,” Modi said. Giving details of the security scenario in the country, Modi commended the “brave” and “eternally vigilant” security forces for ensuring peace as well as prosperity for 125 crore Indians.

“You can ascertain our security situation from the fact that recurrent terror attacks that were common under the UPA are now history. The numbers vis-a-vis Maoist violence in the last four years should make every Indian happy. “Maoist violence has declined by 20 per cent in the affected States, with a concomitant reduction of 34 per cent in deaths in 2017 compared to 2013. Geographically as well, the influence of Maoist violence has shrunk substantially,” he said.

The Prime Minister asserted that his Government has also focused on a massive push to infrastructure and social empowerment to bring positive change in the lives of the poor living in Maoist affected regions.

About 4,500 kilometres of roads have already been built in 34 Maoist-affected districts, and about 2,400 mobile towers have been installed, he said. An additional 4,072 towers have been approved to enhance connectivity. “When we assumed office, we got to know that there were no Kendriya Vidyalayas in 11 out of 35 districts most affected by Maoist violence. Eight new Kendriya Vidyalayas and five new Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas are imparting quality education to children,” he said, citing development works done under his rule. Maoist-affected areas had limited access to banks. But between April 2015 and December 2017, about 430 new bank branches and 1,045 ATMs were opened in 35 districts most affected by Maoist violence, Modi said.

When asked whether the area under Left Wing Extremism (LWE) had really shrunk, the Prime Minister said 44 of 126 districts have been removed from the list of Maoists affected areas.

Narendra Modi slammed Opposition attempts at unity, saying that hatred against him is the sole binding force behind these moves. The Prime Minister denied that he was worried over the formation of a Grand Alliance of Opposition parties and stressed that such attempts were not motivated by national good but are about the personal political survival and power politics. he added that he is “not a Shahenshah or an imperious ruler” unaffected by the warmth of the people and gains strength from his interactions with the public.