Big benefits await government employees, including police personnel, of the newly created Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced these in his address to the nation on August 8, two days after the government withdrew Article 370 and announced the decision to divide former Jammu and Kashmir state into two separate UTs. The decision, the government argued, will lead to better development in both regions. Not just this, it will also bring big benefits to government employees who were previously deprived of these enjoyed by employees in other UTs and states.
These benefits include LTC, House Rent Allowance, Education Allowance for children, Health Schemes etc.
The PM said, “Brothers and sisters, in the new system, the priority of the central government would be to keep state government employees and Jammu and Kashmir police personnel at par with the state government employees and police personnel of other states in terms of facilities.”
The prime minister further said, “In Union Territories, the government provides many such financial facilities like LTC, House Rent Allowance, Education Allowance for children, Health Schemes etc., most of which are not provided to the employees of Jammu and Kashmir government. Such facilities would soon be provided to the employees of Jammu and Kashmir government and state police personnel following a review.”
Not just the above, thousands of new jobs are set to be created in the two new UTs and health and educational institutions will be set up. Besides, on the call of the government, several entrepreneurs are expected to make big investments in Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi said, “Brothers and sisters, after the abrogation of Article 370, the central government has decided to keep the state of Jammu and Kashmir under its administration after putting in a lot of thought process it. It is essential for you to understand the reasons behind the decision. Ever since the state has been under governor’s rule, the administration of Jammu and Kashmir is directly under the central government. As a result, the positive effect of Good Governance and Development have been observed on the ground.”
“The schemes which earlier remained only in files, have been implemented on the ground. Projects pending from decades have been speeded up. We have tried to bring transparency and a new work culture in the Jammu and Kashmir administration. As a result, be it IIT, IIM, AIIMS, various irrigation projects or power projects or the Anti-Corruption Bureau, we have been able to expedite the work on these projects. Besides, be it the projects of connectivity, roads or new rail lines, modernization of the airport, everything is being accelerated,” he added.