Union Minister Jitendra Singh Saturday said militants were on the run in Kashmir and were faced with a "hot chase" by the troops, which had put them under tremendous pressure.
"Under the Modi government, there is clarity and conviction in following the policy of zero tolerance toward militancy, and this has started showing logical results," Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), said here.
Expressing deep dismay at the killing of a BJP worker in Bandipora, he said this was also the handiwork of the militants who who were on the run and were looking for soft targets out of desperation.
"This is the last chapter of the 30-year-old history of militancy in Jammu Kashmir," Singh said, adding that two heavily-affected districts of Doda and Kishtwar, which witnessed many a massacre in the last three decades, had been rendered militancy-free.
"Militants are on the run in Kashmir and are faced with a hot chase by the forces, which has, for the first time in several years, put them under tremendous pressure," the minister said.
He said it was significant that even the separatist leaders and the "so-called mainstream" political parties of Kashmir had started tactically distancing themselves from the militants.
"A more recent heartening phenomenon is that Kashmir-centric leaders now stand exposed for their duplicity and the new generation of youth is not prepared to stake its future in the manner the earlier two generations were pushed into doing," said Singh, Lok Sabha member from Jammu Kashmir's Udhampur constituency.
On the current scenario in Jammu Kashmir in the wake of COVID-19, Singh said unlike in different parts of India, the development activities continued in the J&K, though sometimes, the pace got reduced or there was a brief interruption.
"Despite the lockdown, work is going on for the construction of a medical college in Doda and a National Institute of High Altitude Medicine in Bhaderwah," he said. PTI