Moral & social values, ancient tradition, cultural legacy is the real wealth of our society: JK LG

Moral & social values, ancient tradition, cultural legacy is the real wealth of our society: JK LG
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said that India thrives in its diversity and its moral and social values, ancient tradition and cultural legacy is the real wealth of our society.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Society, Culture & Social Change: Kashmir & Beyond’ organised by Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora and Indian Sociological Society, Lieutenant governor said India thrives in its diversity and its moral and social values, ancient tradition and cultural legacy is the real wealth of our society.
‘We have overtaken the UK to become the world’s fifth-largest economy which shows our socio-economic development derives strength from these values,” he added.
Today, the Indian Diaspora is considered the largest and the most prosperous group in the world and people of Indian origin including J&K have become the significant driver of global growth, the Lt Governor added.
Lt Governor observed that a large population of J&K was deprived of it for a long time. The transformation post 2019 has empowered every section of society with access to all benefits provided by the constitution, he added.
The Lt Governor said the two-day seminar will generate actionable recommendations that have the potential to accelerate the means of welfare of the general populace.
He observed that all such recommendations will be incorporated in the policy making by the administration and implemented on ground for the welfare of the common man of Jammu Kashmir.
“J&K’s socio-economic & cultural sector is witnessing transformation. We aim for higher economic growth, fast infrastructure development while preserving & promoting our cultural ethos”, the Lt Governor noted.
The Lt Governor observed that deliberate attempts were made to keep Jammu Kashmir, the land of spirituality and wisdom, away from progress & prosperity due to Article 370 and 35-A. The lack of access to benefits brought stagnation to growth.
“Discrimination was a norm and social welfare was an exception. However, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all the progressive laws were implemented and reforms were introduced to bring J&K at par with other developed states,” Lt Governor said.
Lt Governor said that accelerated pace of development, participative, transparent and accountable governance system, massive investment flow, easy accessibility of public service, empowerment of women and deprived section of the society is being ensured to end Social-inequality.
The unprecedented change taking place in Jammu and Kashmir is also helping to promote cultural activities. A cinema hall is opening this month after three decades. The Culture of organizing literary festivals, art camps have picked up across the UT. Local Handicrafts and handlooms sectors have been revived and a new dawn has been witnessed by the tourism sector, he added.
The Lt Governor congratulated VC, IUST, Prof Shakil Ahmad Romshoo and Convener of the event, Prof Abha Chauhan for facilitating an open academic dialogue which brought together experts, sociologists, academicians from India and abroad to discuss change in the backdrop of accelerated development and globalization.
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