UDHAMPUR, Apr 25: Expressing his serious concern over the avoidable controversies often taking place in the State, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge of the North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today asked the J&K Government to take the optimum benefit of the patronage being received by it from the Narendra Modi Government.
Addressing a mammoth public rally at far flung and remote area of Panjar falling in district Udhampur but is part of the Reasi Assembly Segment, the Union Minister said that Jammu & Kashmir is receiving maximum patronage under the Modi Government, which it had, never received from successive previous Governments at the Centre.
He urged the State Government and the administration not to miss this opportunity as it is the “golden period” for the State because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded special priority to the J&K which has faced lot of devastation and destruction due to three decade long turmoil.
“The Union Government is committed to develop this border State at par with other States of the country and provide it all the benefits on the pattern of North Eastern States”, he said, adding “the onus lies with the State Government and the administration which has to take the optimum benefit of these schemes so that J&K does not lag behind in the development sphere”.
Dr Jitendra Singh regretted that instead of treading on the developmental agenda of Modi Government the State gets often trapped into avoidable controversies, which is the brain child of some vested interests. “These forces often exploit the people to grind their own axe.” But now the youth of this State have realized that it is time to revolt against these forces which are harming the interests of people and pushing the State to medieval or stone age period”, he added.
The people in the rally were drawn from surrounding hilly areas to listen their MP. The Union Minister said, his visit to Panjar was happening at a time when from April 14 to May 5, a country-wide “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan” was going on, under which 20,000 villages across the country are sought to be covered in 20 days for achieving maximum targets in seven priority programmes of the Modi Government and Panjar was one of such 19 villages which had been identified in district Udhampur.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, this is possibly the first such mega mass campaign in recent years, aimed at focused upliftment of rural India. The entire credit for this, he said, goes to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who conceived this idea and is also regularly monitoring it. Not only this, the Prime Minister himself visited a district in Chhattisgarh on the first day of the campaign, i.e. on April 14 and again visited another place in Madhya Pradesh on April 24, he added.
On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh distributed the first lot of over a dozen free gas connections to the villagers under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. He also congratulated the local people for the approval of a Degree College in Mogri and said, this will open new vistas of higher education for the entire cluster of villages in this belt.
MoS Finance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Ajay Nanda appreciated the hard-work and keen interest shown by Dr Jitendra Singh in the far-flung areas of his Parliamentary Constituency. He said, the development seen under the Modi Government was never witnessed before and wished that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi would continue to lead the nation for many more years to come.
Earlier, Udhampur District Development Commissioner Ravindra Kumar presented a broad resume of the priority programmes of Government of India which are being aggressively followed up during the 20 days of “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan”. These included Ujjwala, Ujala, Jan-Dhan, Saubhagya, Suraksha Bima, Jeewan Jyoti Bima, Indradhanush, etc.