The Rs 4.5 lakh crore investment plan for the next five years unveiled by India’s top corporate houses at the Digital India Week event in New Delhi last week must make J&K state get up and market itself to attract a portion of this investment. This investment plan is expected to provide employment to 18 lakh people in the coming five to ten years. This is a gigantic plan.
Jammu & Kashmir is excellently poised in being part of this big phenomenon. Almost everything depends on how the state government would position itself in attracting a part of this investment to the state. And it would need a radical, out-of-box thinking at the political level – cutting through the petty bureaucratic thinking that is well known to impede ideas that could foster economic development in the knowledge spheres.