Jammu and Kashmir Current Affairs - 2020

“Global Investor Summit” for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir; Road Shows to attract investments

The Government of India is making preparation in full swing for the Global Investors Summit to be held in Jammu and Kashmir in April 2020.

Highlights

In order to increase the number of investments roadshows are to be conducted from February 17, 2020. The roadshows are to be held in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. The Union Territory is to send 54 senior officials to preside over the roadshows. Jammu and Kashmir will also hold International Roadshows.

GoI Measures

After Abrogation of Article 370, GOI has been taking several measure to improve the infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. In the Budget 2020-21, the Union Government allocated Rs 30,757 crores separately for the development of Jammu and Kashmir. Also, several foreign delegates are allowed to visit the region. This gives them an opportunity to assess the situation in Kashmir and its normalcy. In turn such assessments will help to bring in more foreign investments.

Several roads, railway lines tunnels and bridges were built. Under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, Jammu and Kashmir achieved highest road length in the country in 2019.

Foreign Envoys from Gulf and EU visit Jammu and Kashmir for the second time

On February 13, 2020, foreign envoys from Gulf countries and European Union visited Jammu and Kashmir for the second time after Abrogation of Article 370.

Highlights

The delegation met secretary level officers of Government of India and other senior officers of Jammu and Kashmir. They also visited business women, traders, entrepreneurs in Jammu and Kashmir. It includes envoys from Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Italy, Austria, Poland and Uzbekistan.

The Diplomats from 25 countries rode a boat on Dal lake.

Recently, the union ministers visited the valley and submitted their reports about the situation at the Prime Minister Office.

Purpose

India is arranging for such foreign visits in order to demonstrate the outside world about the measures being taken to restore normalcy in the valley. During the first visits of the foreign delegates from European Union, concerns were raised over internet shutdown. However, today, such issues have been addressed. Kashmir is being provided with 2G speed internet by the GoI partially.

Internet shut down is a way to disrupt militant activities in the region.