People have freedom to live their life, rather than dictated by others in J&K: LG Sinha

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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday said people have freedom to live their life as they desire, rather than dictated by others in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing Indian Foundation’s roundtable discussion on development scenario through video conferencing, the Lt Governor said, “the transformation of J&K in less than four years has been phenomenal and we have decimated discriminatory systems prevalent for almost seven-decades”.

People have freedom to live their life as they desire, rather than dictated by others, the Lt Governor said.

“For the first time after independence, the common citizen of J&K can think freely and express their feelings without any fear from separatist-terrorist networks. It is one of the biggest transformations common man is witnessing under leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji,” the Lt Governor said.

He said, apart from fast economic development and unparalleled growth with equity, there is a rapid social change which is reflected in day-to-day lives of common citizens.

“Peace is the first step in the journey of development. And, we do not believe in buying peace but in establishing peace”, Sinha said and added “there is no distinction in policy and intent”.

He said the discriminatory policies imposed for 70 years are gone and citizens are getting equal opportunities for development.

The LG said, the peaceful conduct of the G20 summit, Muharram procession being taken out in Kashmir after 34 years, revival of cinemas, unprecedented tourists visiting J&K has sent the message that J&K is on the move.

Ram Madhav, President, India Foundation, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, CEO, NITI Aayog, Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation, Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd), eminent personalities, experts, senior functionaries and members of India Foundation shared their views during the roundtable discussion and lauded the steps and initiatives taken by the administration for the equal and inclusive development of J&K.

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