Union Home Minister Amit Shah declared a new era of peace and security has dawned in Jammu and Kashmir, citing significant reductions in terrorism and development initiatives as evidence. His address came on National Voters’ Day, highlighting the importance of citizen participation in strengthening democracy.
Shah pointed to a 70% drop in total terrorism-related incidents, 81% reduction in civilian deaths, and 48% decline in security force casualties since the abrogation of Article 370. He emphasized the shift from violence to education, healthcare, infrastructure, and industry, with Panchayat, Block Development Council, and other elections held with high voter turnout.
The Home Minister also launched 100 e-buses in Jammu as part of India’s commitment to sustainability. He distributed appointment letters to 209 successful candidates of Jammu and Kashmir Combined Examination-2024 and 885 individuals under compassionate appointment, underscoring the government’s focus on job creation and transparency in recruitment.
Shah encouraged youth to register as voters and contribute to strengthening democracy. He highlighted the ongoing delimitation process with reservation provisions to empower marginalized communities.
Shah credited the decline in violence and increased attention to social welfare to the government’s crackdowns on terrorism, asset seizures, and bans on terrorist organizations.
Overall, Amit Shah painted a picture of a Jammu and Kashmir moving beyond its troubled past towards a peaceful and prosperous future. He emphasized the government’s focus on development, environmental protection, job creation, and democratic participation. The decline in violence and increased attention to social welfare were presented as key markers of this new era.