LG Manoj Sinha hits out at regional parties: ‘Gone are days when you acted as owners of Govt property, funds; home for homeless PM’s dream’

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Says serving poor, poorest UT Admin’s top priority; Those who grabbed State land misleading people now on land for landless; discriminatory system ended on Aug 5, 2019 Announces free transport for Tribal community during migration period, Ambulances to be deployed for them too, Primary Health Centres to serve Tribal community; Tribal Affairs Research Institute to be upgraded, Tribal youth to get skill, research training

Abid Bashir

 Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday lashed out at the regional parties who have opposed the recent decision of giving homes to the homeless, stating that ‘gone are the days when some people were acting as the “owners of government property and funds.”

Addressing the National Tribal Festival at SKICC here, the LG as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that the recent announcement of giving land to 2711 landless families and homes to those who are homeless has pinched some people who have started to oppose the move.

“I want to tell them that gone are the days when they were treating themselves as the owners of government property and funds. Gone are the days when they were taking decisions that suit their political interests. They grabbed State land and constructed huge houses for themselves and left the poor suffer. The same people are now misleading the common people,” the LG said in an obvious reference to National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and other regional politicians who had opposed the administration’s decision.

While Omar had questioned who were the homeless in J&K, PDP chief Mehbooba had stated that the move was aimed to convert J&K into a slum by bringing outsiders to settle here. “Discriminatory system ended on August 5, 2019. The day will be remembered as a historic day,” he said.

The LG said that Prime Minister’s Awas Yojna was implemented across the country except J&K. “Now that the scheme is being implemented in J&K too, some people feel the pain. This is PM (Narendera Modi’s) dream and will be fulfilled,” he said. “Each homeless family will get 5 malras so that they can build their dream house.”

Praising the Tribal Community for their contribution for the peaceful and developed J&K, the LG said that a series of steps have been taken for the welfare of Tribal people that include training tools, buyer/seller meets, and that there is a proposal to conduct buyer seller meets for them as well.

“Efforts are on to train the tribal youth for prestigious exams and ensure free coaching for them,” the LG said as per KNO. He said that ancestors of Tribal community have paid huge sacrifices for J&K even after suffering a lot. “August 5, 2019 was a historic day for Tribal community as the day ended disparity for them,” the LG said. He said not just the Tribal Affairs Department but other departments of the administration will work with close synergy for the welfare of Tribals.

He said that a fresh web portal will have a database of all 4 lakh Tribal in J&K that will help track them anytime. “There will be free transport for the Tribals during their migration period so that they can reach their destinations within two days instead of a month. Free ambulance services will also be provided to them. Primary Health Services will also be set up to cater to the health needs of Tribals,” the LG said as per KNO. He also announced that Tribal Affairs Institute (TAI) will be further upgraded and youth will be trained to extract herbs in forests

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