INDIA: On Monday, October 10, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to begin its extensive outreach programme in Jammu and Kashmir with a focus on the state’s recent developments.
In October and November, more than 65 ministers from the NDA administration at the centre would travel to each of J&K’s 20 districts as part of this outreach effort.
All visiting ministers are required to assess the state of the development projects in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, compile a report on them, and submit them to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
As a result, a number of cabinet members, including Rajnath Singh, the minister of defence, and Nirmala Sitharaman, the minister of finance, will travel to J&K in stages.
From October 10 to 12, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, the minister of state for rural development, and John Barla, the minister of state for minority affairs, will launch the outreach campaign by travelling to Baramulla and Ramban, respectively.
Anupriya Patel, the leader of the Apna Dal (S) and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, will also visit the Ganderbal district from October 12 to 13. Sarbananda Sonowal, the minister of ports, shipping, and waterways, will also travel to Ganderbal on October 27 and 28.
Mega J&K outreach initiative of the Modi government
Notably, this is the third iteration of the PM Modi administration’s J&K outreach initiative since Article 370 was repealed in the Union Territory. When 36 Union Ministers travelled to Jammu and Kashmir in January 2020, the Modi Cabinet’s first iteration of its J&K outreach programme officially began.
In the second iteration of this outreach initiative, which took place in September and October of last year, 70 Union Ministers of the Modi administration visited J&K.
It is important to note that this third edition was published after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s recent trip to the union territory in October.