J&K administration to conduct countrywide roadshows ahead of global investors summit

Jammu: In a bid to attract investment and industries to Jammu and Kashmir, the Union territory administration has come up with a plan to send 54 of its top officers to conduct roadshows across the country from February 17.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam chaired the second apex committee meeting on Friday to review the preparations for the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Global Investors Summit 2020, to be held in the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.

In the run-up to the mega event, roadshows were scheduled from February 17 onwards in major cities across the country, a senior officer said, adding that each roadshow will focus on showcasing specific sectors for seeking investment in Jammu and Kashmir.

The roadshows will be held in Bengaluru and Kolkata on February 17, in Mumbai on February 21, in Hyderabad on March 2, in Chennai on March 5 and in Ahmedabad on March 9, officials said.

Fifty-four senior officers and dignitaries will preside over the pre-event functions slated during the roadshows, they added.

International roadshows were also being planned to attract foreign investment, the officials said.

Besides, mini conclaves will be held in Srinagar and Jammu in March, they added.

Signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the interested investors will also form a part of the roadshows and the main summit, the officials said.

Reviewing the preparations of various pre-event activities, the chief secretary laid emphasis on ensuring the participation of major industry players for an enhanced awareness among investors to project Jammu and Kashmir as an investment-friendly region.

It was decided that the Media and Publicity Committee will finalise the media plan and share it with the Industries department for its implementation.

Nodal officers from each department shall be nominated for dissemination of information on the focus sectors.

The chief secretary expressed optimism that the summit will prove to be a gala event.

“The summit will not only help present business-friendly policies of the government, identify business opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir to the participating trade and industry organisations, but also harmonise Jammu and Kashmir’s intrinsic strength and aspirations of development and employment opportunities,” he said.

The chief secretary asked all the administrative secretaries concerned to re-double their efforts to prepare investment-friendly sectoral polices within a week.

He also stressed on the need to synergise the roles and responsibilities of the administrative secretaries, heads of departments and other officers to encourage one-on-one interaction with potential investors in their respective departments and areas so as to make the summit productive and outcome oriented. (PTI)

Second batch of foreign envoys including EU representatives to visit J-K today

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A fresh batch of 25 foreign diplomats, including those from Germany, Canada, France and Afghanistan, will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to witness the ground situation in the region nearly six months after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Consitution.

This is the second batch of foreign diplomats that will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir in the last one month.

According to local media reports, the delegation will be meeting fruit growers in North Kashmir before reaching Srinagar where they are scheduled to meet media representatives, civil society groups and politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian Army will also brief the visiting diplomats on the security situation in Kashmir and are expected to give a detailed presentation on Pakistan’s involvement in fomenting and sponsoring terrorism in the newly-formed Union Territory.

According to reports, the envoys will have a night halt in Srinagar before moving to Jammu next day where they are expected to meet Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu and civil society groups.

The fresh batch of diplomats also includes EU representatives from Poland, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, and their participation assumes significance as the EU Parliament recently initiated to bring a joint draft resolution on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Kashmir, the vote on which was later deferred.

Also, the India-EU summit is also slated to take place in Brussels next month where External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be participating.

Last month, envoys of 15 countries including US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and diplomats from Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil, Niger, Nigeria, Morocco, Guyana, Argentina, Philippines, Norway, Maldives, Fiji, Togo, Bangladesh and Peru visited Jammu and Kashmir on January 9 and 10 to see first-hand efforts being made by the government in the region.

ANI spoke to some of the envoys who visited Kashmir last month. The diplomats had expressed satisfaction and hoped for the return of normalcy in the region soon.

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau had said he witnessed “normalcy in the daily lives of the people” during his trip to Jammu and Kashmir.

“I want to say that it was a very worthwhile trip. Seeing is believing. That has us to have a fuller picture of the situation here,” Chau had told ANI.

“My observation is that we see normalcy in the daily life of the people, which is a very positive sign,” the envoy had said, adding that his interactions with different groups in the region had him felt that they are “very happy with the current situation.

BDC chairman held in murder attempt case in Samba

Jammu: A Block Development Council (BDC) chairman was arrested for allegedly attempting to kill two brothers over an old enmity in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.

Vijaypur BDC chairman Yogeshwer Singh, a resident of Suchani village, was arrested in connection with a case registered against him and his relatives at the local police station under various sections including attempt to murder, a police spokesman said.

The court of Principal Sessions Judge, Samba, had on February 6 granted interim bail to Singh. It, however, revoked the bail on Tuesday, leading to his arrest.

On January 31, Mohit Jamwal lodged a complaint with the police alleging that he and his brother Rohit Jamwal, also residents of Suchani village, were assaulted by the BDC chairman and his relatives with the intention to kill them over an old enmity, the spokesman said.

The brothers had reached Vijaypur police station in an injured condition. They alleged that Singh saw them leaving their house on a motorcycle and within minutes, a vehicle, in which the BDC chairman’s relatives were travelling, hit them from behind on reaching Patyari, causing injuries to them, the spokesman said.

Maneshwar Singh was driving the vehicle and Dineshwar Singh was also travelling with him at the time of the incident.

After the brothers were left injured, the vehicle occupants returned with Yogeshwar Singh and his brother Romeshwar Singh and allegedly assaulted the complainant with rods and a bat, the police spokesman said.

He said efforts are on to arrest other accused in the case. (PTI)

Five lives lost their life in road accident at Drabshalla, Kishtwar

Five people lost their life in a road accident on National Highway Jammu-Kishtwar-NH244 on Wednesday.

As per reports, the car accident took place near Paani Nallah in Drabshalla area of Kishtwar District in which five persons lost their lives when a Maruti car Bearing Registration Number JK07-2745 skidded off from the road and plungs into deep gorge. Deceased perosn included a minor baby from Jammu died on spot.

Bodies identified as Sanjay Kumar S/o Pawan Kumar-32, Pawan Kumar S/o Bansi Lal-33, Rekha Devi W/o Pawan Kumar-26, Rita Devi W/ o Rakesh Kumar -30, Kewal Krishan S/o Phool Chand 37, all are the residents of village Bahadat Tesil Drabshalla.

Corrupt Leaders In J&K Would Be “In Jail Or On Bail”: JP Nadda

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, JP Nadda said.

Even a law like the POCSO Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, JP Nadda said

Panaji: BJP working president J P Nadda said on Friday that with the scrapping of Article 370, corruption in Jammu and Kashmir would now be probed, and those found guilty would be “either in jail or out on bail”.

He was in Panaji to address a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, the BJP leader said.

Before the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, several laws passed by Parliament were not implemented in the Himalayan state, he said.

“The law such as the Prevention of Corruption Act was not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, so the leaders there could have their way out (of scams) despite being involved in corruption,” Mr Nadda claimed.

“The Indian government was giving them money and they kept on siphoning it off, there was no audit or inquiry… Now article 370 has been abrogated. Now there will be inquiry, either the leaders would be in jail or would be out on bail,” the BJP leader said.

Even a law like the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, he said.

“Now the law would be enforced. Not only people from across the country, but also people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy as they are part of the mainstream,” Mr Nadda said, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for taking the step of scrapping Article 370. (GNS)