JAMMU/UDHAMPUR, Apr 30: Maintaining that contradictions do exist in running a Coalition Government, Union Minister of State in PMO with Independent Charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that both PDP and BJP are on the same page so far as carrying forward the programmes and public welfare schemes launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi are concerned.
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Talking to reporters here, today on the sidelines of a function, Dr Jitendra Singh said that there are always contradictions in coalition but one thing is important for both the coalition partners in the State that the public welfare programmes launched by the Prime Minister should reach last man in the last queue and on this issue, both PDP and BJP are on the same page.
Lashing out at opposition parties who said that nothing was done in last four years of Modi Government, Dr Jitendra Singh said that what could not be done in 65 years after the independence by opposition parties during their rule was done by NDA Government just in four years. He made a reference to enormous public welfare schemes launched by the present Government at Delhi for the welfare of common masses.
He said this is for the first time that many public welfare programmes were launched by Modi Government at Delhi which will benefit the weaker sections of the society and the people living in far-flung and backward areas of the country. “Our earnest desire is that these welfare programmes should reach to the people in backward States of North East and J&K”, he added.
Maintaining that the reshuffle is a normal course in the democratic process, Dr Jitendra Singh said there is nothing new in it. He said many things including past performance, present and future challenges were taken into consideration while taking this decision by the Party.
While wishing good luck to new team, he expressed the hope that the decision will prove in the larger interests of the State as well as benefit of the people of this region.
Dr Jitendra Singh, while replying to a question about the Government’s declaration about providing 100 percent electrification in the country, said that it speaks the commitment of Modi Government which has followed this agenda from the day one it assumed the office. He said on assuming the office, Narendra Modi said that his Government is dedicated to weaker sections of the society and it is following that agenda to serve the people who were deprived during last 70 years of independence.
The Union Minister said that one can imagine the kind of joy and thrill the people enjoyed after lighting of the bulb in their houses. “I have been also witness to such experience and saw how people in far of areas of my constituency were thrilled with the lighting of the bulb for the first time in last 70 years in their room”.
On much publicised Rassana kidnapping and murder case, Dr Jitendra Singh said that there is unanimity among all that the culprits should be brought to book but at the same time those who are evidently proved innocent should not be harassed.
Later addressing a function at Udhampur in connection with launch of Ayushman Bharat in the district, Dr Jitendra Singh termed this insurance scheme announced by PM Modi for countrymen as a game changer scheme.
He said that the opposition is rattled by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s pro-poor initiatives. On the one hand, he said, the opposition keeps claiming that the Modi Government has done nothing in last four years, on the other hand, the same opposition is always obsessed by the work being done by the Modi Government. If, indeed, nothing has been done by the Modi Government, as claimed by these opposition leaders, then they should rather feel a sense of relief instead of getting so much disturbed about it, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, the opposition is making a confusing clamor because it has no answer when people ask why the successive Governments in the past could not accomplish in over 65 years, what the Modi Government has achieved in just four years.
Referring to “Ayushman Bharat” as a path-breaking initiative which will provide health security to millions and bring a major transformation in India’s social and family culture, Dr Jitendra Singh hoped that the scheme will benefit every nook and corner of the State of Jammu & Kashmir. He said, Prime Minister Modi holds a special concern for the States of Northeast and J&K.
Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that out of 20,000 villages selected across the country for the 20-day “Gram Swaraj Abhiyan”, 19 villages fall in district Udhampur and he is glad to note that maximum targets have been achieved in these villages with regard to Government of India’s priority programmes, like Ujjwala, Ujala, PM Aawas Yojana, Swachh Bharat (ODF), etc.
Giving an update on the Udhampur-specific works, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the DPR for cleaning of river Devika at a budget of Rs. 170.50 crore is ready and has been submitted after obtaining appraisal / endorsement from IIT Roorkee. As for the Radio Station, the civil work is in progress and it is hoped that the construction and installation will be complete by the year end.
Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar, senior officers of administration and senior functionaries of the State Health Department were present on the occasion.