Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha spoke today at a seminar on “Society, Culture and Social Change: Kashmir and Beyond” organized by Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Indian Sociological Society.
The Lieutenant Governor said the two-day seminar will generate actionable recommendations that have the potential to accelerate the means to wellness for the general population. He further observed that all these recommendations will be mainstreamed in the policymaking by the UT administration and implemented on the ground for the welfare of the man of Jammu Kashmir.
The Lieutenant Governor said India thrives in its diversity. The moral and social values, the ancient tradition and the cultural heritage constitute the real wealth of our society. We have overtaken the UK to become the world’s fifth largest economy, showing that our socio-economic development draws its strength from these values, he added.
Today, the Indian Diaspora is considered the largest and most successful group in the world and people of Indian descent, including J&K, have become the main driver of global growth, the Lieutenant Governor added.
Emphasizing that mobility, access to growth, greater control are the key to socio-economic growth, Lt Governor observed that a large population of J&K has been deprived of it for a long time. The transformation after 2019 has made it possible for every section of society to access all the benefits provided by the constitution, he added.
The socio-economic and cultural sector of J&K UT is undergoing transformation. We aim for higher economic growth, rapid infrastructure development while preserving and promoting our cultural ethos, noted the Lieutenant Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor observed that deliberate attempts have been made to alienate Jammu Kashmir, the land of spirituality and wisdom, progress and prosperity due to Sections 370 and 35-A. Lack of access to benefits has led to stagnant growth. “Discrimination was a norm and social protection an exception. However, under the leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, all progressive laws have been implemented and reforms have been introduced to bring J&K on par with other developed states,” the Lieutenant Governor said.
Speaking on the social transformation taking place in different sectors in Jammu and Kashmir over the past three years, the Lieutenant Governor said that an accelerated pace of development, a participatory, transparent and accountable governance system, a Massive investment flow, easy access to public service, empowerment of women and the underprivileged section of society is guaranteed to end social inequality.
The unprecedented change taking place in Jammu and Kashmir is also helping to promote cultural activities. A movie theater opens this month after three decades. The culture of hosting literary festivals, art camps have picked up across UT. The local handicraft and loom sectors have been revived and a new dawn has dawned in the tourism sector, he added.
Professor Shakil Ahmad Romshoo, Vice-Chancellor of IUST, in his welcome speech, underlined the importance of academia in finding solutions to the problems of society and the world.
He further underlined the crucial role of the University in guiding and preparing future human capital.
Prof. Abha Chauhan, President of the Indian Sociological Society and organizer of the event, spoke about the syncretic culture prevalent in Kashmir for centuries.
Sociology is necessary in all spheres of life and society. The idea of the seminar is to focus on implementing the key values of sociology in society, she added.
Prof. Pirzada Mohd Amin, Organizing Secretary, informed that experts from universities at home and abroad will share their knowledge and deliver lectures, through offline and online modes, during the seminar.
Prof Nilofer Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir; Sh Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Sh Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Sh Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary of Government, Youth Services and Sports, besides former Vice Chancellors, experts and sociologists from across the country and abroad, IUST faculty members, senior UT administrative, police, and military officers were present on the occasion.