Dr Jitendra cautions against derailing of developmental agenda

Over Rs 13 crore announced for Katra

Avtar Bhat
KATRA, Apr 22: Union Minister of State in PMO, with Independent Charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today cautioned those forces who are trying to derail the developmental agenda in the State for their petty political interests.

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Addressing a function here, organized by Indian Oil in connection with Ujwala Diwas here, Dr Jitendra Singh showed dismay that certain forces for their petty political interests were trying to derail the developmental agenda of the Narendra Modi Government in the State.
He said it is unfortunate that at a time when Prime Minister showed all magnanimity to bring the State out of present mess by announcing liberal funds saying that money is no consideration and he will open all coffers for the development of the State, certain elements are hell bent to derail the process and push the State backwards.
Making a scathing attack on Opposition parties, he accused them of repeating the tricks of past elections for future poll also as they are habitual of the same. “Those who are attacking Modi Government for launching the new schemes targeting 2019 Lok Sabha elections are mistaken as we don’t make policies to win elections but to change the fate of the poor and downtrodden masses of the country to build a new India of Modi’s dreams’’, he added.
“We never worked for 2019 elections but for 21st Century to build a New India’’, he said adding that the youth of India will not be carried away by such propaganda as they can’t be corrupted by this falsehood. The youth of India will be decision making as there will be new two crore youth voters next year’’.
Without naming any one, he Lambasted those who are still playing case based, communal and regional politics in the country to divide people, Dr Jitendra Singh said this mindset has to be changed now. “Such politics has now no place in the country and repeating the tricks of past can’t yield the fruit anymore now as youth of India is emerging decision maker now’’, he added.
Referring to prevailing situation in the State, he said J&K is marred by controversies every time and this has given a big setback to developmental process in the State. “One controversy is followed by another and this has been a continuous process’’, he added.
“Terming the developmental agenda very big, he regretted that instead of concentrating on the same we are trapped in small agendas’’. He declared that Katra has been selected among 100 iconic cities of country for Swachta.
The Union Minister said that the State of J&K is making demand that it should be given same status as given to NE States but how it can be done when existing funds given by Centre are not being utilized properly.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Modi Government wants that entire nation should progress alike and no region lags behind while referring to the development of the J&K State. Earlier such decisions were not taken and it was said that J&K with six Lok Sabha seats can hardly make a difference as the majority of seats are from UP and Bihar.
Dr Jitendra Singh, while hitting out at Congress said for the first time the fruits of democratic role in the country reached to grass root level after Narendra Modi took over the reigns of this country. “Earlier it was dynastic rule of father -daughter and daughter -son etc. But now the situation has changed and the benefits of Modi Government policies are meant to reach last man in the last queue’’, he added.
He said earlier the officers were hesitant to share the dais with BJP leaders because “we talked of nationalism and this way the socalled secularism of Opposition was seen in danger.”
On the occasion, Indian Oil presented Rs 10.38 crore for various developmental works of holy township of Katra. In addition to it, Rs 2.65 crore have been released further to Director ULB, Jammu for 1951 LED Street Lights and sky lift vehicles for Katra town and making polythene free Katra.
The cheque was presented to Dr Jitendra Singh in presence of MoS Finance, Revenue and Relief, Ajay Nanda by Indian Oil, Chief General Manager, Sandeep Jain and its General Manager, Arun Khanna.
Speaking on the occasion Ajay Nanda MoS Finance, Relief and Revenue said 105 schemes were launched by Modi Government especially for unemployed youth in the country. While highlighting about the Ujwala Scheme, he said the nation can’t progress if the women folk is neglected.
“He said we all should work to keep Katra township clean.” He also highlighted that the work on Katra Delhi Corridor will begin soon.
Sandeep Jain, CGM, Indian Oil said that with distribution of 100 gas connections today, the number has crossed to four lakh in the State. He said though earlier LPG connection was considered a privilege of rich but after the launch of Ujwala Scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi a target has been fixed that no house hold in the country should remain without LPG connection.
He said for four years the target was fixed for five crore gas connection in the country and in three years the Indian Oil crossed the four crore mark which is a great achievement.
On the occasion, 100 new gas connections were given to people from different areas of Katra by the Union Minister. The stage was managed by Kusum Tickoo.