Cong deliberately ignored far-flung areas: Dr Jitendra

Nishikant Khajuria

UKHRAL (RAMBAN), Apr 15: Holding the previous Governments and earlier elected representatives responsible for the lack of development in remote areas, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today alleged that Congress deliberately ignored far-flung areas.
“Congress party and its representatives deliberately ignored development of  far flung areas so that  people of these belts remain backward and cut off from outer world for continuously using them as mere vote bank,” he said while addressing a well attended public meeting at remote village Ukhral near Pogul Paristan in Ramban district, here today. Click here to watch video
Without naming Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Union Minister of State in PMO said that those who remained in authority at Centre for more than three decades,   multiplied their fortunes but the people who voted them to power, were intentionally deprived from development and kept backward in respect of basic facilities of life.
“Contribution of those elected representatives of Congress party, which was in power both at Centre and State till 2014, can be gauged from the fact that the remote hamlets  were recently electrified  and  even first ever Post Office in certain area were also opened only after our party formed Government,” said Dr Jitendra Singh, who represents Kathua-Udhampur-Doda Parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha.
Listing achievements of the Modi Government, Dr Jitendra Singh sought to differentiate between previous Congress regimes and the present BJP rule.  “Instead of adopting pick and choose policy as was being practiced by previous regimes, the Modi Government  is taking care of each and every region, with particular focus on remote and backward pockets for ensuring Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas,” he said.
Besides, he added, there had not been even  a single  corruption charge against any Minister of the present Government at Centre during the past four years and this was the commitment of PM Modi.
Dr Jitendra Singh  urged the youth to participate in building the nation stronger as youth represents the country and country always belongs to young people who have right to decide everything. “Gone are the days of Congress when a powerful coterie of  a particular family was at the helm of affairs. Prime Minister Modi is very much keen  that youth should participate in Government decisions, policy making and  taking country to the level of developed nations,” he added.
Admitting that Ramban  is one of the most backward areas,  the Union Minister  said that like many of his colleagues,  he has been working full time under the leadership and directions of Modi for the development of such areas in J&K as well as in North Eastern States. He claimed that out of the total amount of Rs 2400 crores sanctioned for the construction of the link roads under PMGSY in State, major part of amount has been earmarked for Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar districts. However,  he added,  development is a continuous process and the effect of such major projects can be made visible after taking due course of time.
Dr Jitendra Singh’s visit to remote Ukhral in Ramban was also in connection with  nationwide campaign to celebrate birth anniversary of Dr  B R Ambedkar as “Social Justice Day” and  Gram Swaraj Abhiyan in the district.
He claimed that in the present Government under the able leadership of Modi, Dr  Bhimrao Ambedkar has been given the true, deserving tribute and respect.
On the demand of a Degree College at Ukhral, Dr Jitendra Singh said that he would try his level best to establish it under the Rashtriya Uchttar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)- a Centrally Sponsored Scheme and added  that he would strive to provide the financial support for every such important facility as could not be fulfilled by the State. He also assured to look into the issues of VDC members and other demands.
MLA  Ramban Neelam Kumar Langeh, Deputy Commissioner, Ramban Tariq Hussain Ganai, SSP, Ramban Mohan Lal, Chairman JAKFED, Munish Sharma, and BJP district president, Ramesh Kumar   were also present on the occasion.
Earlier, MLA Neelam Langeh, while addressing the gathering,  also listed achievements of the BJP Government at Centre and the State besides failures of the Congress regimes. He also brought several developmental issues and demands to the  notice of the Union Minister and sought their early redressal.
Chairman JAKFED Munish Sharma, BJP district president Ramesh Kumar and others also addressed on the occasion.