Will re­store 50k van­dalised tem­ples in J&K: Min­is­ter

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Ben­galuru: The gov­ern­ment will re­store and re­open 50,000 van­dalised tem­ples in Jammu & Kash­mir, ju­nior Union home min­is­ter Kis­han Reddy said on Mon­day. He also said that the Cen­tre is con­sid­er­ing elec­tions in the Val­ley in a phased man­ner once nor­malcy re­turns.

Reddy said the Cen­tre is

TIMES aware that these tem­ples, de­faced and van­dalised over decades, needed restora­tion. “These tem­ples were van­dalised when Kash­miri Pan­dits and Hin­dus were driven out of the Val­ley. We’ll do a sur­vey of these tem­ples and re­open them,” he said.

On elec­tions, Reddy said, “As­sem­bly elec­tions will be held as soon as things are nor­mal… We have suc­cess­fully held sarpanch elec­tions, now we will con­duct block developmen­t coun­cil elec­tions by Novem­ber or De­cem­ber and then we will con­duct district developmen­t coun­cil elec­tions.”

The min­is­ter also said that the Cen­tre has set up a com­mit­tee to sur­vey schools in the Val­ley, and hinted that ef­forts are un­der way to re­open them shortly. The gov­ern­ment also has plans to con­duct a spe­cial re­cruit­ment drive for Kash­miri youths in its de­part­ments and the three De­fence wings, he said. Reddy as­sured that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment will em­bark on mar­ket in­ter­ven­tion for ap­ple grow­ers and en­sure 70% profit for farm­ers.

(With in­puts from agen­cies)

TOI

Union min­is­ter Kis­han Reddy said that the Cen­tre is con­sid­er­ing elec­tions in the Val­ley once nor­malcy re­turns

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