KISHTWAR, Apr 9: Hitting back at Congress, Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Parliamentary constituency Dr Jitendra Singh alleged today that Kishtwar has been neglected by none other than its own Congress representatives who got elected from here and became Ministers Union and State Cabinets, while the Modi Government gave Kishtwar the Jammu & Kashmir State’s biggest Power Project, namely the 1000 MW Pakkal-Dul Project, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the State on May 19 last year.
Addressing a series of election meetings in the far-flung and remote areas of Kishtwar and Inderwal today, before cutting short his campaign midway in the afternoon after receiving the news of fatal militant attack on prominent RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma, Dr Jitendra Singh said, for the past 65 years, this region had been suffering from electric power-deficit, and it was only the Modi Government which launched the State’s biggest 1000 MW Pakkal-Dul Project with the announcement being made by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi himself on May 19, 2018. Could this not have been taken-up earlier?, he asked.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, for years together, the entire region had been suffering from severe power deficit, but it is only the Modi Government which came out with a plan that would make this region power surplus. Could this not have been done earlier, he asked and said that the development works done in the last five years under the Modi Government far surpass all that was done, if at all, by the Congress and UPA Government in six decades.
Dwelling on the security concern, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it was the BJP Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi which increased the honorarium of SPOs four-times from its earlier figure of Rs. 3000 to over Rs.12000. It is also the BJP Government, he said, which has initiated the process of declaring honorarium / salary for hitherto unpaid VDCs (Village Defence Committees), and this has been also announced by none less than the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Why could not this have been done earlier by the Political Parties who ruled the State and the Centre?, he asked.
The demand for a Degree College at Kishtwar had been pending for several decades, said Dr Jitendra Singh, but because of vote bank politics of Congress and National Conference (NC), it was constantly neglected. It was only during the last five years, he said, that a Degree College for Padder was approved by the Modi Government under the newly introduced “Rashtriya Uchhtar Shiksha Abhiyan” (RUSA). Could this not have been done by the earlier governments?, he asked.
The work on Centrally-funded AYUSH Hospital is going on in Kishtwar and the foundation stone was laid on January 15 this year by AYUSH Minister, Sripad Nayak. Could this not have been done by the earlier Lok Sabha MP from this same constituency who was Union Health Minister for decades together beginning early as from 1960s, he asked.
Accusing the Congress campaigners of being ill-informed, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the road connectivity in the remote areas of Kishtwar region, which is being appreciated by one and all, has been accomplished under Central Road Fund or Central PMGSY Scheme, and therefore, it is for the Congress campaigners to explain why they could not accomplish this when they were a part of UPA and PDP in the past.
Former Minister Sunil Sharma and prominent BJP leader from Inderwal Tariq Keen were present in these meetings.