Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting today with leaders of various political parties of Jammu & Kashmir. Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah, Lieutenant Governor J&K Shri Manoj Sinha, NSA Shri Ajit Doval, MoS (PMO) Shri Jitender Singh and senior officials attended the meeting.
Shri Farooq Abdullah, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Shri Umar Abdullah, Shri Kavinder Gupta, Shri Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Shri Nirmal Singh, Shri Tara Chand, Shri Mohd Altaf Bukhari, Shri Sajad Gani Lone, Shri Ravinder Raina, Shri Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Shri Mohd Yousuf Tarigami and Shri Bhim Singh attended the meeting.
- PM appreciated the cordial atmosphere of talks and the frank exchange views.
- PM noted with great satisfaction that the meeting’s proceedings reflected commitment to the territorial integrity of the nation and the Constitution of India. This reinforced belief in the strength of India’s democracy.
- All participants were invited to and did express their concerns on all aspects freely and were given a patient hearing in a cordial atmosphere.
PM’s commitment to J&K
- PM conveyed to the participants of his personal sorrow at every death in Kashmir, no matter whether it was an innocent civilian, a Kashmiri boy who had picked up the gun or a member of the security forces.
- He noted that the security forces themselves could not change the situation and called upon all the leaders to personally involve themselves in stopping needless loss of lives.
Commitment to democratic institutions
- In the back drop of establishment of three-tier Panchayati Raj System with the election and constitution of Block and District Development Council, there were detailed deliberations on how to give further fillip to the democratic process in Jammu & Kashmir. Leaders of various political parties shared their views on the way forward in this regard.
HM emphasised that the government was committed to complete the delimitation process and thereafter elections to the Assembly at the earliest with the cooperation of all stake holders.
He urged all the leaders to aid in the early completion of Delimitation process so that Assembly elections are held expeditiously.
- PM assured all parties that they would be an integral part of the delimitation process and their views would be taken on board. Accordingly, he urged them to participate in the process to ensure early completion.
- PM assured that Assembly elections would be held expeditiously after the delimitation process was completed. He specially noted that a bureaucratic government was no substitute for one run by public representatives.
- PM expressed satisfaction at the progress of development progress in J&K. He urged all the leaders to work together with Government for the progress of J&K and to realise the aspirations of youth.
- HM said that J&K had come a long way with major boost to development along with transparency. This had benefited J&K both in terms of infrastructure development as well as individual beneficiary schemes.
- 90% saturation has been achieved in individual beneficiaries Central Government schemes in J&K. Several major road projects, two new AIIMS, 7 new medical colleges are being set up. New Industrial Policy has been notified with Rs. 28,400 Crore package to accelerate industrial growth in J&K with creation of 4.5 lakh jobs.
- The issue of restoration of statehood was raised by several participants in the meeting.
PM and HM reiterated their previous public commitments to restoring J&K to its status as a state. Their assurances were taken on board by the participants.