NC, Cong Govts ignored hilly, far flung regions of JK for vote bank: Dr Jitendra

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh holding a 'Public Darbar' at Ramnagar in Udhampur district on Saturday. — Excelsior/ Surinder
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh holding a 'Public Darbar' at Ramnagar in Udhampur district on Saturday. — Excelsior/ Surinder

Holds Public Durbar with Admn heads, PRIs

Avtar Bhat
RAMNAGAR (UDHAMPUR), Mar 25: Hitting out hard on National Conference (NC) and Congress who ruled J&K for 70 years, Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that these parties totally ignored the hilly and backward regions of J&K for vote bank politics during their rule.
Talking to reporters here today on the sidelines of a Public Durbar, Dr Jitendra Singh said soon after Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister in 2014, his Government paid total focus on far flung and backward regions of the country with J&K and North Eastern States being the top priority.
Dr Jitendra Singh said had Congress sand NC Governments whose elected representatives from this region were even ministers at Centre and in the erstwhile State paid attention to this hilly region, the situation could have been better here.
The Union Minister said Modi Government which stands by Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas is committed to develop the hitherto neglected areas of the country so that they do not lag behind the other developed areas. He made it clear that a nation can become only strong and self reliant when there is equal development and progress all over the country and no State or UT lags behind others.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that during last over eight years of Narendra Modi rule the J&K is on fast track of development and progress. He said about four highways in the UT are under construction at present while over 200 bridges and half a dozen tunnels have been constructed in the J&K during this period.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the State of Art Wellness Centre at Mantalai is ready and credit goes to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who took keen interest in the development of Mantalai which previous Congress Government kept in limbo for 35 long years. The party did not show any interest in the development of Mantalai where the Yoga Guru Dhirendra Brahmachari had established his Ashram and Yoga centre, he added.
He said Brahmachari was very close to Nehru, Gandhi family and after his death the Congress Government completely neglected this place which if developed could have become a tourist hub by now and boosted the local economy.
Dr Jitendra Singh declared that Devika Rejuvenation Project which has been completed during the Narendra Modi Government is now ready and it will be inaugurated soon. The Project has been constructed on the pattern of Namami Ganga Project and it is the first river rejuvenation Project of North India, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that historians will research how the generations of this place were deprived of development and how Devika which has a lot of religious significance was ignored. He said this Project was launched by the Modi Government and has been completed during his tenure.
Dr Jitendra Singh said Narendra Modi led BJP is the first Government which during last eight years has given equal funds to development of hilly regions.
The Minster held a “Public Durbar” here with administrative heads and PRI representatives also present.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, he has sought to introduce a new practice of holding ‘Public Darbars’ with district administration and PRI representatives outside the district headquarter, in order to listen to the people’s issues directly so that the same could be addressed on the spot with the administration.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, it has been the endeavour of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to bring the administration at the doorstep of the people and to listen to their issues so that the same are addressed on the spot. With this historical step, the governance is brought to the remotest corners of the district, Dr. Singh added.
Saying that the development has been brought to the remotest corners in the country, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the areas which earlier felt neglected under the previous governments have now become the development models for the country, the best example being the Udhampur district in J&K which is ranked number one in the construction of roads under PMGSY.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the work completed on river Devika Project, integrated tourist facilities at Mantalai which includes a Yoga Centre, Ayurveda Complex is near to completion and Mansar, Surinsar lakes are being developed as the religious tourism sites.
The PRI representatives present during the meeting appreciated the work done by Dr Jitendra Singh as a Member of Parliament for the development of his constituency, be that the construction of roads to the far-flung areas of Udhampur district, the construction of highways through Udhampur district, the establishment of Kendriya Vidyalayas, GMC, Degree Colleges in the district, the various works done under JJM, Rural Development, PWD etc.
During the ‘Public Darbar’, Dr. Jitendra Singh expressed pride over district Udhampur once again being ranked number one throughout the country for construction of roads under PMGSY and for utilising 94 percent funds under the current financial year.
During the programme, Dr. Jitendra Singh also inaugurated a road from Plassian to Pinjer Ramnagar (Stage II) built at a cost of 283.00 lacs.
Others present during the program were DDC Chairperson Udhampur, Lal Chand, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Kritika Jyotsna, President Municipal Council Ramnagar, Banti Devi besides BDC, DDC members, Sarpanchs and the officers of district administration.
Earlier, he held a party’s Shakti Kendras meeting at Panchayat Gangod as a part of BJP’s campaign to strengthen booth committees. He stressed the party men to redouble their efforts in further strengthening the party at ground level by taking the policies and programmes of Modi Government to every nook and corner of their area and counter the false and baseless propaganda of opposition parties with strong arguments based on facts and figures.
BJP vice president, Pawan Khajuria, district president, Arun Gupta, DDC chairman, Lal Chand, DDC members, BDC chairperson and BDC members, Sarpanches and Panches besides other party activists attended the meeting.