NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday said his government will work with all sections of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to realise the hopes of statehood “at an early opportunity” and assured that there would be no demographic changes in the Union Territory .
The PM’s assurance came when a delegation of the newly-floated J&K Apni Party, led by former PDP member Altaf Bukhari , met him on Saturday evening.
“Referring to his statement in Parliament, the PM underlined that the government will work with all sections of the population to realise the hopes of statehood for J&K at an early opportunity, ”an official statement said.
During the interaction with the 90 – member delegation, Modi called for ‘Janbhagidari’ in transforming J&K and emphasizing on the importance of an administration that gives voice to the people, it said.
“He is a man of commitment. His heart beats for people of J&K, ”Bukhari said after the meeting. He said the PM had assured that all Central laws will be made applicable in the UT. The issue of political prisoners was also raised and the delegation urged the PM to release all the detained leaders, he said.
“The PM engaged with the delegation on various issues like concerns on demographic changes, delimitation exercise and grant of state domicile,” the statement said.
Modi also spoke about youth empowerment and emphasizing that youngsters should act as catalytic agents for J & K’s development. He highlighted the importance of skill development and creating new employment opportunities for the youth, it said.