Violence has decreased by 80 pc in J&K: Omar

Violence has decreased by 80 pc in J&K: Omar

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said violence has come down by 80 per cent in the state during the last five and a half years.

“Eighty per cent reduction has been achieved in the militancy related incidents in the last five and a half years,” Omar said in his Independence Day message.

He said all schools and hospitals have been vacated from occupation of security forces and 1,000 private buildings, 300 government buildings, 40 hotels and 30 industrial units have also been cleared from the security forces occupation.

With the improvement in the situation, the number of tourists visiting the state has increased year after year.

From 2003 to 2008, 24 lakh people visited Kashmir as against 50 lakh from 2008 to 2014 so far which is likely to go up to 55 lakh by the year end.

About 350 youth have returned from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir under his government’s rehabilitation policy.

“It has been introduced for the youth who had crossed LoC and wanted to return to normal life. These youth have returned under this policy so far,” he said.

Omar also said 54 security bunkers have been removed from Srinagar city. The passport policy has been made people-friendly and the NOC for three lakh passports has been accorded during the last five years.

“A total of 1,850 youth have been benefited under the Amnesty Policy. Warrants under PSA (Public Safety Act) have been brought down 50 per cent in about last six years from 2,500 in 2008 to 1,420 by now,” he added.

Omar said return of migrant Kashmiri Pandits to their native land has been his cherished desire and he his government worked with the Centre to provide a befitting economic package for them.  “My government has given new proposal to the Centre for enhancing economic package for them,” he said.