(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
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Baramulla- Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 240 development projects of about Rs. 2,000 crore in Srinagar.
Shah, who concluded his three day tour to the Union Territory, also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of several development projects worth crore in Baramulla, an official spokesperson said.
In his address, he said, the Home Minister described the hills of Pir Panjal and Chenab and this region of Kashmir Valley as among the most beautiful areas of the world.
“The development ushered in Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir is clearly reflected through the happy faces of the people in the region,” Shah said, adding that the three families who used to rule in the region hardly worked for the development of the region.
Shah, according to the spokesperson, said that the PM has completed a huge task of ensuring that democracy reaches every village of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Earlier, the meaning of democracy in Kashmir was restricted within the three families, 87 MLAs and 6 MPs, but after August 5, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has connected 30,000 people with democracy by taking it to the level of Panch, Sarpanch, BDC and Zilla Panchayat of the village,” the Home Minister added.
Shah, the spokesperson said that earlier, due to corruption, the money of the poor was being misused, but now, PM is ensuring that the money of the poor will reach the poor.
“Under the rule of three families, only Rs. 15,000 crore investment came in Jammu and Kashmir in 70 years, but under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, an investment of Rs. 56,000 crore has come in just three years,” he said.
“Earlier the region was a Terrorist Hotspot but now it has become a Tourist Hotspot. Earlier, maximum of six lakh tourists used to visit the Kashmir Valley every year, whereas this year alone till now, 22 lakh tourists have visited the region, giving employment to thousands of youth, and this process will be further strengthened,” he added.
The spokesperson said that the Home Minister further stated that 77 lakh people have been given health cards so that they do not have to spend a single penny for their treatment.
“Earlier there were one lakh people without a pucca house to live even in the icy winds in the region, but Prime Minister Modi has provided housing to these people in Jammu and Kashmir from 2014 to 2022,” he said.
“The government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided gas cylinders to about 12 lakh families, tap water in the homes of 58% people under the Jal Jeevan Mission and depositing Rs. 6,000 annually in the accounts of about 11.87 lakh farmers,” he added.
The Home Minister, as per the spokesperson said that five new degree colleges are also being opened in different areas of Jammu and Kashmir and the work of setting up a residential school with 100-bed capacity for Gurjar-Bakarwal girls of Baramulla has also been undertaken by the government under the leadership of PM Modi.
“A Government Medical College is also being set up in Baramulla, which will enable the children in the region to become doctors and help them serve the people of Kashmir. He said that only four medical colleges were built in Jammu and Kashmir from 1947 till 2014, whereas from 2014 till 2022 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India has built nine new medical colleges and 15 nursing colleges,” Shah said.
“Whereas earlier only 500 doctors used to pass out of Jammu and Kashmir, now 1,300 doctors will complete their studies and serve the country and Jammu and Kashmir. Shri Shah said that AIIMS, NEET, B.Sc Nursing College and two Cancer Institutes have also been set up in Kashmir. New medical colleges have been set up at Anantnag and Baramulla and two cluster universities have been built in Jammu and Kashmir,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, Shah said that the expressway from Nangal to Baramulla and from Baramulla to Uri has been built at a cost of Rs. 850 crore.
The Home Minister further said that a43-km road has been built connecting Baramulla to Gulmarg at a cost of Rs. 85 crore to help tourists travelling from Gulmarg to Baramulla.
“He said that over one lakh families are being brought under the ambit of education through a scheme of Rs. 847 crore. Two stadiums have been built in 402 panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir along with one playground in each panchayat. Additionally, two indoor stadiums are also being built at a cost of Rs. 10 crore,” he said.
The Home Minister also stated that in the month of September this year, 13 lakh tourists visited Gulmarg. He further said that installation of power plants and irrigation projects worth thousands of crores of Rupees will bring prosperity to the valley of Kashmir.
“In order to improve the rail network, the work on rail link from Udhampur to Baramulla has been initiated. Under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana, 119 new roads worth Rs.,3167 crore have been built. The Union Home Minister said that under the Prime Minister's Industrial Package, an investment of Rs. 56,000 crore has come from across the country in Kashmir, which is likely to provide employment to five lakh people,” Shah added.
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