New Delhi: Union Minister of State (PP) Jitendra Singh said on Saturday that all Central laws applicable to other parts of the country will now be applicable to the newly created Union Territories (UTs) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh. He noted that there are about 854 such laws which are citizen-friendly and will benefit the common people of J&K and Ladakh, who were previously deprived of it, and said everybody should understand now that Article 370 is gone and gone forever; and not in pieces, but as a whole, and it is the determined resolve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Singh appealed to the people of the UTs not to pay heed to the fringe elements with vested interests, and to cooperate with the Government in providing welfare to common masses. He was addressing the inauguration of the two-day Conference on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ focusing on Jal Shakti (water resources) and Disaster Management on 30 November in Jammu. The conference was organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) in collaboration with the Governments of Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
During the conference, Singh also released a Special issue of the e-Magazine ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’ based on Successful Innovations in Governance in the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
He also launched the integration of the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) of Government of India and Awaaz-e-Awam Portal of J&K.
Singh said this is the second big conference organized by DARPG in a short span, the first being earlier in November on the replication of good governance practices, and expressed happiness that the first conference saw participation from about 450 delegates from 19 states and 4 UTs, while the present Conference has participation from about 350 delegates.
Singh said the development model of the North Eastern Region will be implemented in these UTs also, and mentioned the upcoming Panchayat Adalat and Bamboo workshop.
Speaking about the theme of the Conference ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’, the Minister said that this is one of the flagship initiatives at the behest of Prime Minister Modi and is going to have good outcomes for both the UTs, adding that the Conference will provide an occasion to replicate and learn from the good initiatives of Tamil Nadu in these UTs, especially the river management.
Speaking about disaster management, the Minister said that the response to disasters earlier used to be reactive, but under the leadership of PM Modi, it has now become proactive, adding that the focus is now on preventive measures and minimizing the damage.
Now, we have foolproof technology available in India to mitigate the crisis and can now forecast disasters early and inform the administration in real time, Singh said, adding that that PM’s focus has been on maximum use of technology and real time monitoring.
The Minister said the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan is another flagship program of the Government and a separate Ministry has been created for it.
He also spoke about the issues related to Shahpur Kandi and the Ujh River projects in J&K. The work on previously halted projects will be expedited, he said, remarking that this bonding of the Northern-most UTs and Southern-most states will carry a message of good governance from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
The Minister said that the Government is committed to reach the last man in the queue in J&K and Ladakh, and added that these UTs have been created with much thought and deliberation. All the Central laws including Right to Education, Right to Minimum Wages, Dowry Prohibition Act and acts related to corruption, vigilance & welfare of parents will now be implemented in these UTs, Singh said, adding that the Government has taken responsibility and will carry it.
The ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ Conference is being attended by about 350 delegates from State Government.