Govt issues contradictory stats over investment in J&K

The Union Home Ministry on 3 January 2023 said Jammu and Kashmir received investments worth 56,000 crores in the past three year under the Narendra Modi government in comparison to just 15,000 crores worth of investments “under the rule of three families” in 70 years

The numbers are, however, contrary to the Ministry’s reply in the Lok Sabha on 13 December where it said that in the fiscal years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, the total investment stood at ₹1,084 crores.

The investments stood at ₹296.64 crore in 2019-20, ₹412.74 crore in 2020-21 and ₹376.76 crore in 2021-22

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on 13 December, said, “Government of Jammu and Kashmir has reported receiving proposals for investments worth approximately ₹64,000 crore so far.”

The Ministry, in its 2002 year-end review, said “the explanation of Jamhooriyat (democracy) in Kashmir was only 3 families, 87 MLAs [Members of Legislative Assembly] and 6 MPs [members of parliament] but Shri Modi has connected 30,000 people with Jamhooriyat by taking democracy to the village Panch, Sarpanch, BDC [Block Development Council] and Zilla Panchayat”.

The special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution was revoked by Parliament on 5 August 2019, and the former State was bifurcated into the Union Territories of J-K and Ladakh.

“Earlier due to Article 370, Gurjar-Bakarwal and Paharis could not get the benefit of reservation in education, elections and jobs, but now after the removal of Article 370, they will all get reservation,” it said, as per the report.

“Under the rule of three families for 70 years, only ₹15,000 crore investment came into Jammu and Kashmir and Shri Modi has brought investment of ₹56,000 crore in just 3 years,” it added.