Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2019

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November 23: Poonch Link up Day celebrated by Indian Army

Indian Army on November 23, 2019 commemorated the Poonch Link-up Day. The even was organized to pay tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lived defending Poonch during the conflict in 1948

Highlights

The army laid its wreath at the War Memorial in the Poonch District. The event was conducted to mark Operation Easy that was aimed to defend the Poonch district from the invading Pakistan. On the sidelines of the commemoration, several welfare events were organized. The physically challenged people in the local were provided with two wheelers and wheel chairs. As a part of the event, Volleyball championship and hockey tournaments were also held.

Poonch District

The Poonch district is bounded by Line of Control on all three sides. In 1947-48 war, the district was divided between India and Pakistan. A part of the district went to Pakistan and the other part became a part of the then Indian state Jammu and Kashmir.

1947 war

The 1947 war also called the First Kashmir War was the first of the four wars fought between India and Pakistan. Pakistan after a few weeks of its independence launched the Lashkar tribals with the intention of capturing Kashmir. The then ruler of Kashmir, Maharaja Hari Singh requested India to help him. India retaliated and won the war.

J&K achieves highest road length in country under PMGSY in 2019

During the current fiscal year so far, the Jammu and Kashmir has achieved the highest road length in country under Centre’s rural roads’ programme of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), a centrally-sponsored scheme under the Union Ministry of Rural Development. This significant accomplishment involves completion of around 11,400 kilometres of different road projects covering 1,838 habitations against the total sanctioned length of 19,700 kilometres against sanctioned 2,214 habitations.

About Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)

It is Centre government’s mega flagship programme with the main objective of providing good all-weather road connectivity to unconnected rural areas in the country. It is being implemented in J&K by Public Works (Roads and Buildings) Department of the Union Territory.

Funds: Under the Central Road Fund, 88 schemes have been completed, including 22 bridges and 66 roads, with a target set for completion of 25 such schemes for the current fiscal year. Under NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) funding, a total of 518 works were approved out of which 147 have been completed while 34 works have been targeted for completion during current fiscal year. The central government has released funds under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP) for vital health projects in UT.

Supplementary Schemes: In 2018 the government also launched an ambitious scheme called ‘Languishing Programme’ to complete those projects that were stopped midway due to paucity of funds. The government thus arranged special funds for the completion of such projects. Besides this, a Special Bridge Programme funded under capital expenditure component of budget, a total number of 115 bridges have been taken up for execution and out of this, 59 bridges are being targeted for completion during the current year and as of now 46 bridges have been completed.

NOTE: Jammu and Kashmir, along with Ladakh, came into existence as Union Territories on 31 October 2019 after the Centre revoked Article 370 and passed a bill bifurcating the erstwhile state into two separate UTs.