Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Senior leader and Member of Parliament from Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone on Tuesday criticized the statement of Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh on new Domicile laws as evasion of facts and figures saying the ruling dispensation in New Delhi is good at churning white-lies.
The false narrative the present dispensation has been peddling in favour of annihilation of J&k’s special status is not borne out by SDG India Index report, Party’s Member of Parliament said. “The sustainable development goal India index report brought out by none other than Niti Ayog has already shown a much-touted Gujarat model at the bottom on more indices than that of J&K. It is J&k, which despite going through vicious conflict over the decades has topped the index. On the key indices like poverty, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, sustainable consumption and production, Gujarat is at the bottom of the ladder, while J&K is showing up among the top-performing states. On gender equality, J&K is also among the top-performing states.
The revelations reveal that J&K has essentially developed apace with the rest of the country, in certain areas far ahead of the country, even when it had a special status.”
While rebuffing MoS Jitendra Singh, “The amount of disinformation campaign has not stopped. I am at my wit's end to comprehend what redemption he is talking about. Why are the legitimate, political, economic interests of the ancestral and bona fide citizens of J&K been put in jeopardy? Why have the avenues of jobs been curtailed for natives of J&K? What is he extolling the union government about? On the contrary, the measure as were taken on the 5th of August have plunged J&K into chaos? The business activity has come to a halt. People’s power to yield their will through the political process has been downgraded. The youth of J&K has in particular been ditched by the ruling dispensation. The advancement and development of the erstwhile state before being degraded and demoted to a UT had made in the various field has been undone, youth are hankering for jobs, the artisans and marginal traders are doomed, the tourism industry is in the throes of deep crises, the agriculturalist are caught in the eye of the storm. What redemption is the minister talking about? Let him explain?
On Singh’s eulogizing the so-called clarity of the government on the entire exercise of nullifying the unique status and individual character of J&K, he said that the minister is rubbing salt in the wounds of the people of J&K, who are yet to come to terms with the measures as were taken on the 5 August last year.