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Srinagar: Asserting that development was not possible without establishing peace in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Friday said some people were trying to provoke security forces and the administration so that some mistake is made and an unrest is fuelled.
Development can only take place when there is peace. This has to be kept in mind. There is no place in the world which has progressed when there was no peace, Sinha said addressing a function at the launch of District Export Plans at SKICC here.
Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, Anupriya Patel was also present.
Sinha said some people were continuously trying to foment trouble in the valley as they were not happy with the tourism growing here, industries being set up, economic scenario stabilising, and lives of people changing.
“But, we will not allow that situation to arise,” the LG said.
The society has to come forward. The security forces are working hard round-the-clock for the safety and security of the common people, he said.
Sinha said the administration is working on a policy that innocent people will not be touched but the guilty will not be spared.
He said the steps being taken by the government with regards to development, were for the future of the people and their children.
So, come forward in making a new J-K, and there is need to create awareness in the society that unless there is peace, “we will not be able to achieve development. It is not just the responsibility of the government, but of the citizens here as well,” he said.
Sinha said J&K has a huge potential for exports, especially its handicrafts, paper mache, horticulture produce, Pashmina and carpets.
He said the government was working on tripling the exports in the next five years.
“We have been working on it for the last two years with the Union Commerce ministry. Today, we have formulated a detailed plan for every district and in the coming days, we will try to export from every district of J-K. We are grateful to PM for his guidance and support. We are working on a target to triple the exports in the next five years,” the LG added.
The Lt Governor said in the last two years, the UT administration has taken several steps to identify and promote the exports of local products, resulting in a 54 per cent increase in the exports in 2021-22 as compared to 2020-21.
He said J-K has emerged as a top performer, reaching third position among the UT’s

in Export Promotion index and improving 13 positions in overall ranking.
With its rapidly growing economy, expanding market and industrial base, J-K is determined to construct a strong edifice of export ecosystem, he said.
Sinha said Jammu Kashmir region possesses several comparative advantages like climate and rich art and craft culture.
The Lt Governor said every district of J-K is blessed to have local products with potential to go global. Nine GI tagged products, more than 50 export potential products have been identified and institutional mechanism is created in all the districts to provide support for export promotion, he added.
District Export Plans prepared by DGFT and Industries Department is a huge leap in the campaign of AatmaNirbhar Bharat, which is connecting rural and urban India equally with the mainstream of economic development. It will help village industries, handloom industries of Jammu and Kashmir to achieve great strides in the export sector, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor also called upon the stakeholders to change marketing approach and focus on becoming exporters of finished products instead of just being the suppliers of raw materials.
I am confident that through the institutional mechanism of District Export Promotion Committees established in all the districts, we will fix the targets, take appropriate action on the support given to the local industries and efficiently convert Export Plans to Export Actions, cementing strong and economic foundation of the UT, he said.
Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, India started campaigns like Make in India, Vocal for Local, AatmaNirbhar Bharat and today the ranking of Ease of Doing Business has significantly improved, observed the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said that in the last two years, UT administration has taken several steps to identify and promote the exports of local products, resulting in a 54% increase in exports in 2021-22, as compared to 2020-21.
The Lt Governor also called upon the stakeholders to change marketing approach and focus on becoming exporters of finished products instead of just being the suppliers of raw materials.
The G-20 summit to be held next year will provide such a “historic opportunity to all of us to display the great tradition of the UT to the world and open new vistas to tap the ever-growing global market for handicrafts,” he said.
The Union Minister of State Patel, while speaking on the occasion, termed it as an important step towards realizing the Prime Minister’s vision of making the districts of J-K strong economic hubs, besides giving further impetus to the exports from the Jammu and Kashmir region.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is committed to strengthen each district of Jammu and Kashmir to optimally leverage their potential through District Export Hubs, she said.
Patel said the District Export Plans of the UT of J-K shall provide single source access to all stakeholders, industry and sector-wise exports data, along with user-friendly detailed data analysis.
Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, J&K underscored the need for making constant improvements to meet the modern day requirements, besides giving a dedicated focus on market expansion, scaling product range and new designs.
Santosh Sarangi, Director General of Foreign Trade spoke on the broad contours of the export scenario in J&K. He also highlighted various segments of the District as Export Hubs scheme including financial assistance, monitoring mechanism, proposed outcome, workflow etc.
Dr Devansh Yadav, Managing Director, JKTPO, in his welcome address, gave a detailed briefing on the aims and objectives of District Export Plans.
On the occasion, J&K Trade Promotion Organization signed MoUs with Wool & Woollens Export Promotion Council (WWEPC), Swasti (Walmart Vriddhi) and Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council, for developing wollen segment in J&K, Capacity building of MSMEs and promotion of electronics & computer software business in the UT.
Nidhi Munjal, Vice President, Supplier Development – India, Walmart, said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir and support their efforts to grow and build a robust MSME ecosystem. Through our Walmart Vriddhi program, we are eager to provide high impact training along with equal opportunities for MSMEs to access online and offline markets domestically and internationally. This partnership will be significant for our ongoing efforts to help make local MSMEs competitive and self-reliant.”
Jagjeet Harode, Senior Director & Head – Marketplace, Flipkart, said, “At Flipkart, we continue to make strategic investments in Jammu & Kashmir to further grow and strengthen supply chains. Our projects and programs such as Reach Project and Flipkart Samarth are already established well in Jammu & Kashmir. Through these projects and programs, we are committed to expanding the domestic eCommerce marketplace and providing access and support to new sellers, MSMEs, domestic manufacturers, Indian artisans, weavers, and handloom workers on our platform.”
N Raghunathan, Cofounder, and Mentor, Swasti, said, “This partnership with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir will significantly improve the growth and development of local MSMEs. Through the Vriddhi program, we are dedicated to helping small businesses accelerate their growth and become more resilient to changing business environments, while enabling them to better participate in national and global supply chains.”
The Lt Governor and the Union MoS also conferred Export Awards to Best performing Export Houses of J&K.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Exporters, Entrepreneurs, senior officials from UT and the Central Government, besides various stakeholders were present on the occasion.
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weapon, killing Ibrar on the spot and injuring two other soldiers, the sources said.
Later, Ahmed fired at himself and he succumbed to injuries at a hospital, they added. The injured soldiers are undergoing treatment at a hospital, the sources said. They said a court of inquiry (CoI) has been ordered into the incident.
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hereby informed that if any person has any kind of information regarding the subject. He/She may submit or record his/her statement in the office of SDM Lolab within 07 days from the date of publishing of this notice.
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