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Security agencies will handle attacks on minorities in Kashmir: Kiren Rijiju

SRINAGAR, APR 14

Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said normalcy has returned to Kashmir under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and asserted the recent attacks on minorities in Kashmir will be handled by security agencies.

The Union minister said there were still some incidents of violence in Kashmir but such things are common to the entire country.

“But, broadly, the normalcy what we see in the entire Kashmir valley is such a wonderful thing for everybody — for the people who live here, for the people who want to visit this heavenly beautiful place, as well as for the country. It is in the interest of everyone to secure peace in the entire area,” Rijiju said on the sidelines of a function here.

There has been a spurt in attacks on civilians in Kashmir over the past two weeks. In the latest set of incidents, militants killed one local Rajput Hindu in Kulgam district while five other persons — four non-local labourers and one local Kashmiri Pandit shopkeeper — were injured in four separate attacks.

“These will be handled by security agencies. (Under) the Prime Minister and the Home Minister, things are being taken care of. I am very happy to see that normalcy has returned to Kashmir,” he said.

On the tourist arrivals in Kashmir this year, Rijiju said Jammu and Kashmir plays a leadership role in the tourism sector in the country.

“The valley is not just beautiful, but there is so much to see and do — its culture, handicraft, activities and the basic character of the people. There can be a lot to show to the people across the world. Be it sports or culture, Kashmir is moving forward fast and its benefits will reach everyone,” he added.

Kiren Rijiju stressed for making every endeavor and effort to make availability of ‘Justice for all’ a reality as per the mandate of the Constitution. The minister said that access to justice is important for ensuring the protection of rights of the citizens under various enactments and Social Welfare Schemes. He further said that the government is regularly monitoring the implementation of the social services and welfare schemes being provided to the people of Jammu and Kashmir on the ground level.

The Chief Guest further said that the government, under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, is committed to ensure justice and equal benefits to all sections of the society reaches to their doorsteps. Calling for coordinated and collaborative efforts, he said that implementation of the justice system will be effective if we work as a team to ensure that no one is left behind and every person is taken along in the path of progress and justice.

Meanwhile, Kiren Rijiju today said that the vision of the Government of India is to ensure justice and equal benefits to the last man standing in row.

He made these remarks while inaugurating the Mega Legal Services and Awareness Camp organised by District Legal Services Authority and J&K Legal Services Authority under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority in collaboration with District Administration Srinagar at Khunmoh, Srinagar. The camp was being organised to commemorate the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar.

The Union Minister who was Chief Guest on the occasion said that the government is obligated to provide justice to all sections of the society and said that J&K Legal Services Authority is doing a commendable job in this regard.

Union Minister urged all the public authorities and institutions to connect with the marginalized and targeted sections of the society living below the line of poverty so as to provide different social welfare and poverty alleviation schemes being provided by the Central and UT Government.

The Minister complimented the efforts of UT Administration and J&K Legal Services Authority for providing hassle free and unrestrictive services to the people and added that the Union Government and the UT administration is duty bound to provide justice to various sections of the society.

The Union Minister paid floral tribute to the portrait of Dr. B. R Ambedkar and inspected 25 stalls showcased by various government departments and banks. During the camp, 711 people were imparted benefits under different schemes of the Central Government and the Government of J&K.

The students of DPS Srinagar presented an impressive cultural programme showcasing Kashmiri folk tradition. On the occasion, a painting competition on the theme “Dr. B. R. Ambedkar – the Apostle of Social Justice” amongst the students of various schools of the surrounding areas was also organized and the winners of the event were felicitated by the Chief Guest. The dignitaries also released the Project Completion Report of A2J (Access to Justice) and planted saplings of Chinar in the precinct of SIDCO Complex Khanmoh.

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