50,000 temples, schools destroyed in J&K will be rebuilt

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Monday said the Centre has set up a committee to rebuild about 50,000 temples and schools destroyed or shut down during the period of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minister told reporters that the government will reopen all the cinema halls in the valley. He said “We have ordered a survey of such temples and will re-open them. In the Valley, there is no cinema theatres and had been closed for 20 years. We are also thinking about reopening them. We will conduct a survey of school, cinema theatres, temples and other things which are closed now.”

According to the minister, there is abundant government land available to be leased out to businesses and industry. “We will give them government land so that they can open institutions there. In the state, we are employing 5 people from every village on government posts. Army, Navy and Air Force are also planning recruitment drive. In Jammu and Kashmir, we are planning to open universities. We have decided to encourage tourism,” he added.

The minister said the newly established Anti-Corruption Bureau unit will investigate misuse of central funds by politicians. “Crores of money have been given by the Centre to J&K government but they weren’t spent. ACB will start an investigation into it,” he added.

Reddy said the centre had warned Pakistan of response if it engineers infiltration. He said, “We are very much alert about it. The entire nation including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is on our agenda. We will sacrifice our lives to retake that land.”