Editorial: Good moves

Even as a lot is being claimed about Jammu and Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370 and nothing much is known factually since curfews are in place, a group of Union Ministers will visit Jammu and Kashmir later this month to spread awareness about the positive impact of abrogation of Article 370 provisions and the development measures taken by the government for the region.

The schedule for the visit of the Ministers to the union territories is likely to be finalised at a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on 17 January. The visit is an initiative of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Ministry is coordinating it, reports said, quoting sources. Union Minister Piyush Goyal is expected to visit the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on 19 January. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has accorded sanction to the creation of 572 posts under various categories in 52 degree colleges last year, an official spokesman said.

Fifty-two posts of Principal, 208 of Assistant Professor and 52 each of Physical Training Instructor, Junior Assistant, Library Assistant, Accounts Assistants, Orderly and Chowkidars were created, he said.

In order to provide access to quality education to students, particularly living in rural and un-served pockets, the administration in 2019 approved the opening of 52 colleges across Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

The work for the construction of 33 colleges has been allotted to the Roads and Buildings Department and the remaining to Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation. Such moves would create a positive image on J&K in the minds of people and would go a long way in restoring its past glory.

NT Bureau