BHADERWAH, June 9: Maintaining that Modi Government treats all children alike, Union Minister in PMO with independent charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today lashed out at some of the Kashmir centric politicians who in contrast of that consider poor children of others as sacrificial lambs.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering here today along with Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta, BJP State president, Ravinder Raina, MoS for Educ-ation and R&B, Shakti Raj Parihar, Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated the Modi Government’s co-mmitment for welfare of youth of the country and said that various youth centric schemes were launched by his Government in this regard.
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He also announced Rs one crore from his MPLAD Fund for the development of Bhaderwah.
He said the youth of Kashmir today put questions to those leaders who have put their children in best institutions for studies and played with the career of the poor children. Same question is being asked by youth in Bhadarwah about the leaders who neglected them during last 65 years, he added.
He said “unlike others we don’t like to instigate others children for violence or stone pelting but want to bring them out from this mess for their better future,. This has been our commitment towards the nation as we are thinking for the welfare of people of entire country with no discrimination with any region including J&K or North East”, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said J&K and North East remained special focus of Modi Government so that these States don’t lag behind from other states of country in progress and development.
He, while highlighting the youth oriented schemes launched by the present Union Government, said the Startup India and Standup India schemes have many salient features. He said all these schemes are framed to provide capability building and livelihood to youth.
Dr Jitendra Singh said in addition to Tax Holiday an exit period of three months has been given under these schemes. In case a young entrepreneur is not able to work in the area of work chosen by him, he can turn other type of business, he added.
Making a scathing attack on the leaders of opposition parties who remained as ministers for a long period of time at the Centre and in the State for neglecting Bhaderwah and erstwhile Doda district, he said “what the people can expect from them who even could not open a post office in their native village though remaining in power for 40 years”.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that when he visited the area during his campaigning in 2014 the Doda- Bhaderwah road was in shambles and today the situation is totally different.
Referring to under construction Bani-Basholi road and proposed Rs 3500 crore Chatargalla Tunnel, he said it will be a game changer for the entire belt. Whosoever will be MLA and MP when this tunnel will be constructed will feel proud of it. After construction of this tunnel the distance from Bhaderwah to Dalhousie in HP will be reduced to five hours, he added.
He said the construction of almost all roads has been completed in Bhaderwah while others are in the process of finalization of DPRs. The road link to HP from Bhaderwah through Kalguzar is also in progress. Once Bhaderwah was part of HP when there was undivided State of Punjab and after this link road is completed, HP will become part of Bhaderwah, he added.
He also announced first National Institute for High Altitude Medicinal Plants will be established at Bhaderwah and it has been approved by Union Ministry of Ayush. The work on it will start soon, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the Medical College in Ghat, Doda is also just 20 kms away from, Bhaderwah.
He asked the State administration to recognize Bhaderwah Degree College as Heritage College as it was set up soon after the independence of the country.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the community Center for Bhaderwah has already been announced and it will be on the name of Daya Krishan Kotwal a veteran leader of the area and the former State BJP president. A statue of the late leader will also be installed in the premises of the community hall, he added.
The Union Minister said out of Rs one crore announced by him for Bhaderwah will be spent on construction of new cremation ground a Martyrs Smarak, special centre for women and women self help group.
Addressing the rally, Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta lashed out at leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad for neglecting this region during his tenure as Union Minister and Chief Minister of the State. “No proper attention has been paid towards the development of this hilly belt during last 65 years with the result the condition of people did not improve”, he added.
He said that present Government has initiated many projects and schemes for the welfare of the people of this hilly belt.
He said political, social and economic development is the main necessity for the strength of a nation and present Government is working hard keeping these three aspects in mind.
Terming the erstwhile Doda district a land of great martyrs, BJP State president paid rich tributes to martyrs who laid down their lives for the unity and integrity of the nation and stood like a rock against the terrorists and divisive forces and frustrated their designs.
Terming these martyrs an inspiration for nationalist forces, he also saluted the former RSS ideologue and former BJP State chief, Daya Krishan Kotwal and highlighted his contributions for the State and nation.
MLA Bhaderwah Daleep Singh Parihar, BJP district president Mandeep Razdan and other leaders addressed the rally.
Earlier Dr Jitendra Singh along with other leaders inaugurated Multi Specialty Medical camp organised by Indian Army “4 RR” under operation Sadhbhavna at Sub District Hospital Bhaderwah.
The Ministers were accompanied by DG Armed Forces Medical (AFM) Vipin Puri, Major General Rajiv Nanda, DDC Doda Bhawani Rakwal, SSP Shabir Ahmed, Brigadier Narindra Kotwal, Colonel 4 RR D.D. Pandey besides other officers of district and police administration.
Dr Jitendra Singh while inaugurating the camp congratulated the Army for taking such initiatives and organising a medical camp at such a level which is first of its kind in the district and said that the camp will be held for two days where a large number of patients will be given free consultation and treatment by the specialist doctors visiting from all over India.
Dr Singh said as the health care of the Chenab region is in a very bad condition without much infrastructure, medical equipment’s and availability of specialist doctors, therefore the people should take maximum benefit of such camps. He requested the Army to organise more such camps at regular intervals particularly a follow-up check up camp within a months time.
On the demand of MLA, Dr Jitendra announced a digital X day machine for SDH Bhaderwah.
The DyCM in his speech asked the people of this region to take full advantage of the medical services being provided during the camp and assured the people said that Government will look into the modalities of placing adequate staff and modern equipment in Sub District Hospital, Bhaderwah so that better healthcare be provided to people of rural areas with reduction in the number of referrals cases to higher health institutions.
Gupta directed CMO Doda to prepare a list of doctors and other para medical staff required in various health institutions of the district and send the list for its submission to Health Minster.
MoS Shakti Parihar laid stress on overall development of the Chenab region and said the Government is working on exploring the feasibility of creating modern infrastructure and strengthening of the administrative setup in the district. He recalled numerous initiatives of the Government taken up for welfare of the people. With the responsibility of Tourism on his shoulder, Shakti said he will work to bring the district on tourism map of the country.
MLA Bhaderwah also spoke on the occasion. The Ministers later interacted with the public and held a public grievance redressal camp at Community hall Bhaderwah.