India’s pride, prosperity linked to J&K: Munda

Union Ministers Arjun Munda, Gen (Retd) V K Singh, Debasree Chaudhari and Partap Sarangi at different functions in Jammu region on Monday.
Union Ministers Arjun Munda, Gen (Retd) V K Singh, Debasree Chaudhari and Partap Sarangi at different functions in Jammu region on Monday.

Modi Govt committed to development of UT: Ministers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 20: On Day 3 of Central Government’s public outreach programme, four Union Ministers including Arjun Munda, Gen (Retd) VK Singh, Debasree Choudhari and Partap Chandra Sarangi today visited Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi districts to spread awareness among the people on Central Government Schemes, development of Jammu and Kashmir and related issues.
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Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda addressed a meeting at STC Talwara in Pouni block of Reasi district where he announced development of Tribal Cluster in Reasi district and also assured further assistance for development of Gujjar, Bakerwal and other Scheduled Tribe communities of the Union Territory.
Munda said the Central Government was committed to development of Jammu and Kashmir and address all issues of the people.
“Till Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh progress, the country can’t develop,” he said, adding: “Development projects have been expedited after conversion of Jammu and Kashmir into the Union Territory with time-bound reviews and close monitoring of progress”.
Munda added that India’s pride and prosperity are linked to J&K.
He agreed to allow ST students of Reasi district to apply for scholarships in offline mode.
Munda inaugurated newly constructed road from Zero Morh to Malad via Gun Kolsar and launched construction work of a well at Jerri Panchayat, one pond each in Saloon and Porakotla Panchayats.
Secretary Tribal Affairs Abdul Majid Bhat and DC Reasi Indu Kanwal Chib besides other senior officers of Reasi district were present at the public outreach programme.
Union Minister of State for  Union Ministry of  Road  Transport  and Highways General (Retired) V. K Singh, conducted a exhaustive public outreach programme at Higher Secondary School, Tikri,  Udhampur this morning.
Singh inaugurated Veterinary Hospital Building at Mand (Tikri) and 1×3.15 MVA,33/11 KV receiving station, Chak under R-APDRP commissioned with a cost of Rs.251 lakh besides laying foundation stone for improvement/upgradation of Tikri- Chanas road. He also inaugurated various works of Rural Development Department executed  under 14th FC, PMAYG, SBM, MGNREGA etc in Tikri block of Udhampur district.
While addressing the gathering, Singh expressed satisfaction over implementation of several government schemes in the district. He appreciated the efforts of district administration towards conservation of water and focus on organic farming.
He added that Government is committed to develop J&K UT and numerous innovative steps are being initiated in this regard which are yielding tangible results.
Singh also interacted with the public and had feedback on implementation of various Government schemes on ground. He interacted with the beneficiaries of different schemes and assured the gathering that all their demands will be addressed on priority.
Singh said that road connectivity is the basic requirement for growth and the development of an area and the Centre Government is endeavoring hard to establish a strong road network in the UT.
“Government is determined to provide enhanced basic facilities to people of the area at their doorsteps” he affirmed.”
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Susree Debasree Choudhari, today laid foundation stones for construction of roads from Machine Domana to Chibba Chak in Block Bhalwal Jammu and Lahori Chak, Gajnasoo Bazaar to Rathua in block Marh.
While addressing the gathering at Marh, she said that the Government of India is according special focus on ensuring better basic services to people of Jammu and Kashmir and is committed to development of the UT.
Choudhari said Integrated Child Development Services is an ambitious initiative of Centre Government which provides food, pre-school education, primary healthcare, immunization, health check up and referral services to children and their mothers.
She highlighted various development programmes and schemes being launched by the Government of India for welfare of people of Jammu and Kashmir with emphasis on unattended and inaccessible parts.
She also made a mention of other people friendly Centrally Sponsored Schemes including Mid Day Meal, Pulse Polio, Child Protection and Development, Ujawala, Beti Bachao Beti Padao and connected schemes.
Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Partap Chandra Sarangi, today said that the Union Government is endeavoring hard towards all round development of every part of Jammu and Kashmir with emphasis on unreached areas.
Addressing a gathering during a public outreach program at Ramkot in Billawar sub division of Kathua district, Sarangi spoke about numerous reformatory steps which are being initiated to ensure that inhabitants of every part of J&K gets enhanced basic services for leading a dignified life.
On the occasion, he dedicated several development projects including Common Facility Centre at Ramkote constructed with a cost of Rs. 49.50 lakh, PMGSY road links from Kandharnu to Nand, Dhar Road to Bardhata completed with a cost of Rs. 219.34 lakh and Rs. 142.52 lakh and link road from Dhar Road constructed with a cost of Rs. 6.86 lakh under MGNREGA.
The Minister also presented 6 cheques worth Rs. 2.55 lakh to beneficiaries of Marriage Assistance Scheme besides distributing 5 LPG connections among the beneficiaries under Ujjawala Yojana.
Highlighting the benefits of several Central welfare schemes, Sarangi said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is taking keen interest towards making sure that benefit of all development and welfare schemes could percolate to the downtrodden and deserving segments of the society.
In this regard, he emphasized the need of collaborative efforts of all stakeholders including concerned officers and PRI members besides the public. He asked for raising massive awareness regarding these schemes for optimum coverage of beneficiaries. He congratulated the people for getting Government Degree College at Ramkot being established with an estimated cost of Rs. 12 crore.