• After Article 370 repeal, there is a new ray of hope among the people across India, who now think that they can come to J&K and set up their units too, do business, and ensure economic prosperity
• Who has refused setting up factories in Kashmir? On one hand Kashmiris won’t do it themselves and on the other, they won’t help those from the other side to do so
• Does the US fear us? Huge number of the people as NRI go from here. The US isn’t afraid because the US is empowered and strong
Has any Gujarati become "a problem" if some of them set up an industrial unit in Mumbai, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu asked on Tuesday as he sought to allay apprehension that outsiders would settle in Jammu Kashmir following the nullification of Article 370 and the framing of new domicile rules.
Requesting people not to "mix facts with fiction" and to consider his administration’s "intention" of ensuring a developed and prosperous Jammu Kashmir, Murmu said the abrogation of Article 370 of the constitution that accorded special status to the erstwhile State would help attract industries and investment and create jobs.
Noting that certain quarters had created apprehension in the minds of the people, the Lieutenant Governor said, "Please see our intention. What we are going to do. People should not fall for anybody's propaganda. Our one-point agenda is development and creating (job) opportunity for the youth. Our target is a prosperous Jammu Kashmir."
After Article 370 repeal, there is a new ray of hope among the people across India, who now think that they can come here and set up their units too, do business and ensure economic prosperity, he said at the Raj Bhavan here.
"There can be more than lakhs of crores (of rupees) of investment. Earlier, there was a big barrier, whether we (investors) have to go to J&K or not.... If some Gujarati sets up an industrial unit in Mumbai, has any Gujarati become a problem. They (people of Jammu Kashmir) have been fed (this fear) psychologically,” he said.
People should understand that those who come from outside Jammu Kashmir, do not come here to occupy land, he said and sought participation of the people in the development journey of J&K.
“We appeal to the people for ensuring public participation. We have to do a lot. Please do not mix facts with fiction. Please see the facts,” he said.
Asking people to take part in the industrialisation of Jammu Kashmir themselves, the LG said they should set up factories too.
“Who has refused them? On one hand they will not do (it) themselves and on the other, they will not help those from the other side to do so. How is it possible? Murmu asked.
“For a strong and empowered Bharat, there is a need for strong J&K and empowered people. Development in one corner of India cannot be called development of the entire region. It becomes a liability. Let us empower ourselves,” he said.
On the call for autonomy and self-rule, the Lieutenant Governor laid stress on empowerment of people through development instead.
“If that happens, you don't need self-rule or autonomy. Some are misleading people. Why should they fear? We are ready to empower them. When they are empowered, they will have no fear. Does the US fear us? Huge number of the people as NRI go from here. The US is not afraid because the US is empowered and strong,” he said.