Murmu invites investors to Kashmir, says communications curbs will go

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Lieutenant-Governor G.C. Murmu while highlighting the investment oppurtunities in the erstwhile state  has said that  communication restrictions, including the Internet ban, were “temporary”.

According to a report by The Hindu, Murmu made the comments during an event which was held in New Delhi in the run-up to the first-ever three-day Global Investors’ Summit to be held in Srinagar and Jammu in April. The summit was to have been held last year, but was postponed.

“We grab the headlines for militancy and terrorism. These are not the headlines conducive to investment. However, the ground realities are quite different. First, after the abolition of article 370 the duality in which the people of Jammu and Kashmir existed has vanished…”

“Externally sponsored militancy is well under control. There are a few isolated incidents, which are so rare that they can be classified as crime. Only 10% of the area is affected by militancy and law and order incidents. We are tackling those pockets and will ensure safety and security in a systematic manner,” Murmu was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

K.K. Sharma, Adviser to the Lt. Governor, told The Hindu that Jammu and Kashmir had a huge mining reserve and it was one area that could be exploited for production. “J&K has reserves of limestone and gypsum that we can exploit for production. For that, we are revamping the policy; industrialists from J&K can participate. The land allotment policy will also be revised. The Internet has been suspended for a limited period, it will not be long time before it is restored,” he said.

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