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From apple to cherry parks: Centre’s Kashmir gameplan

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) will see the fastest pace of development from November 1 when it ceases to be a state and becomes a union territory, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh said. The Centre plans to unveil a slew of development programmes from special apple parks to cherry parks in the Valley.

“North-eastern states have seen a lot of development in the past five years given the special focus on them. J&K is better connected and several lessons the government has learnt from the north-east will be implemented in J&K with a special emphasis on employment generation for youth,” Jitendra Singh said.

The Central government’s pilot project will focus on apples, cherries, strawberries, walnut and willow. “Stone pelting and terror activities are down and with youth gainfully employed, the aim is to ensure Pakistan’s influence is completely neutralized in Kashmir,” the minister said.

The Centre is adopting a multi-pronged strategy to counter Pakistan’s state-sponsored terror in the Valley.

The security forces are going all out to neutralise terrorists. Parents and peers have been roped in to ensure local boys are weaned away from guns. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s main directive to the administration is to completely choke the availability of funds to terrorists.

The Centre has realized that Pakistan’s notorious spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is trying to ensure apple growers are unable to sell their produce. The Army and the J&K police are creating a safe corridor for apple trucks to load from orchards and reach Jammu.

The Army, CRPF and the police have increased their presence closer to the orchards. The intelligence-based operations are also being mounted to neutralise terrorists targeting the orchard owners and traders.

Meanwhile, the security forces are creating safe camps for truckers in an attempt to keep them safe from terrorists. “The summer of 2020 will see a new dawn of peace because the people of J&K will defeat terror,” Jitendra Singh adds.


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