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Young J&K political leaders brief Members of European Parliament on governance reforms

The European Union Parliament for the first time in a significant move hosted political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir who highlighted success of local governance in the Union Territory.

Safina Baig, Chairman District Development Council Baramulla and Mir Junaid, President of Jammu Kashmir Workers Party briefed 12 EU Parliamentarians on October 24. The debate was moderated by Manel Msalmi, International Affairs advisor of the EU Parliament and the Members of European Parliament who attended the meet included Annalasia Tardino, Luisa Regimenti, Isabella Adinolfi, Salvatore de Meo.

In her intervention Baig pointed out that “Jammu and Kashmir has seen the mobilization of a new political force through the emergence of a three-tiered system of local governance.” In order to highlight India’s initiatives on the global platform, she called for regular interactions between parliamentarians from European Union and India.

Joining the conference via Zoom, Junaid stated that “we are growing and we are coming together and standing up despite the threat of terror from across the border. What we seek is support from the world in our journey to stability. Our only enemy is terrorism and the world must not forget that terrorism anywhere is a threat to the whole humanity…”

They also highlighted the ongoing reforms in local governance and the importance of grassroots representation and its role in strengthening local democracy in Kashmir. Despite witnessing three decades of cross-border terrorism, the government with the support of civil society has not only been successful in reducing the violence but has introduced accountable and transparent governance in a short span of time. The effectiveness of these measures also attests to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people at large who have welcomed these initiatives. The new initiatives reflect almost every aspect of governance, from introducing Kisan (Farmer) Credit Cards, Health Insurance, Housing Schemes, Pension Schemes and many other initiatives, Baig and Junaid pointed out.

Both Baig and Junaid emphasised the role of these initiatives as a bridge between the government and the disenchanted population in the region. The people of Kashmir have played a crucial role in ensuring the success of these measures, as active voters and providing constructive feedback in planning and executing governance initiatives, according to both Baig and Junaid.

The Parliamentarians also had an interaction with the Vice President of the EU Parliament and the member of Women’s Rights Committee Pina Picierno. Baig discussed various initiatives taken by her to meet aspirations of Women in Kashmir.

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