Tuesday marked the conclusion of a two-day multi-stakeholder conference on the holistic development of the agricultural sector and related industries in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Manoj Sinha, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, had earlier inaugurated it. The Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Center (SKICC), which is located on the shores of Dal Lake, hosted it with the aim of strengthening agriculture and educating farmers and producers about the most recent regulations and technologies.
They will be able to earn more money in the future thanks to it. A high-powered group of agricultural scientists would be established under the direction of renowned scientist Dr. Mangala Rai to create a visionary plan for the quick development of agriculture, according to LG Sinha’s announcement at the time. The convention drew a sizable crowd, including industry professionals, farmers, growers, and business owners.
Farmers and several policymakers attended the conference, Sinha said in a statement to ANI. In the next two to three years, a vision statement would be created with a focus on giving Jammu and Kashmiri farmers immediate benefits. He added, “It will also explore a vision for promoting development in agriculture and related areas”. Various types of Power-point Presentations and special talks about the most recent farming techniques were given by scientists and other agricultural experts.
The J-K government’s two-day comprehensive agriculture approach was praised by attendees of the event. According to Tijender Singh, a participant at the event, “The government has provided a new perspective and vision for the farmers who used to have trouble getting loans or for similar issues. This is the government’s highly comprehensive approver”. Agriculture is a fairly broad industry with a lot of potentials to create jobs in the Valley.
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In order to encourage young entrepreneurs to pursue careers in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, sericulture, and fisheries rather than pursue government positions, the government would increase facilities through centrally supported initiatives. Progressive farmer Javed Ahmad stated, “The government took a fantastic approach with the event organised here to promote holistic agriculture. Farmers and agriculture stakeholders from every sector attended the meeting. Locals and farmers will greatly benefit as a result of this two-day conference on the holistic development of agriculture.”
Govt’s investment for Infra in J&K-
In the month of May it was reported that to improve medical facilities and increase the number of hospital beds and MBBS seats in the Union territory, the Jammu & Kashmir administration was planning to invest more than 4,000 crores in the medical sector. A source with knowledge of the situation claims that a Medicity project for 4,575 crores is in the works. This project is expected to add 12,553 jobs, 5,865 beds, and roughly 1,000 MBBS seats.
According to the person who was quoted above by HT but had asked to remain anonymous, “there are more than eight ideas for putting up hospitals with more than 200 beds in Sempora and Bemina industrial parks.” A total of 1,000 MBBS seats would be available through these initiatives, which also include hospitals, paramedical colleges, super speciality hospitals, research and nursing training facilities, diagnostic centres, and hospitals.
Thousands of students who fly abroad for less expensive medical education are anticipated to benefit from the additional medical seats. A similar number of students attending colleges in China have experienced academic difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the fact that hundreds of students just returned from Ukraine as a result of the Russia-Ukraine situation. Many students favour Bangladesh over other countries to study medicine.
According to the source cited by Hindustan Times, 11 proposals have also been made for the opening of hospitals and medical colleges in Lelhar and Pulwama (both in the Kashmir region) as well as a Medicity in the Jammu region, in addition to the aforementioned eight plans. After Article 370, which granted Jammu & Kashmir a unique status, was repealed and the state was divided into two Union territories in 2019, the federal government and the state government have been enthusiastic about luring investors to the UT.
The aforementioned source by Hindustan times claimed that the government is establishing land banks to be made available for investment offers totalling 70,000 crores that have been received since 2019. The 1.42 trillion rupee budget for Jammu & Kashmir for the period 2022–2023 was passed by Parliament in March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with delegations from the United Arab Emirates searching for chances to invest in the area during his trip to the UT last month. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated during the recently completed Gulf Countries’ Investment Summit that the J&K administration has finalised investment proposals totalling 38,000 crore for which land has already been allotted.
Rising investment proposals for Jammu & Kashmir-
Back in April Nityanand Rai, the Union Minister of State for Home, had told the Rajya Sabha that the administration of Jammu and Kashmir has reported receiving offers for investments totaling about 51,000 crore so far. The Minister gave information pointing toward these ideas in a written response to a question following the repeal of Articles 370 and 35 A from Jammu & Kashmir on August 5, 2019.
Rai had announced that the government of Jammu and Kashmir has also announced the Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Policy, Jammu and Kashmir Private Industrial Estate Growth Policy, and Jammu and Kashmir Industrial Land Allotment Policy in an effort to promote industrial development in the Union Territory.
He added at the time that the New Central Sector Scheme for Industrial Development of the Union Territory, which had a budgetary expenditure of 28,400 Crore, had been announced by the Indian government on February 19 of last year in order to encourage capital investments in Jammu and Kashmir (upto the year 2037)
When asked if the government had announced any industrial policies for Jammu and Kashmir to encourage industrial activities in the UT, the Minister had responded saying, “The Scheme provides four types of incentives, namely Capital Investment Incentive, Capital Interest Subvention, Goods and Services Tax Linked Incentive, and Working Capital Interest Subvention.