Srinagar, Jan 22:
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai Wednesday said the
central government was committed to “eliminate militancy” from Jammu and
Pakistan were earlier one nation and partition was in no way good for both the
countries. But now we are here to
eliminate militancy and follow the Prime Minister’s model for development and peace,” Rai said while
addressing people at Sheikhpora in Budgam district.
Rai was the
fourth union minister to visit Kashmir as a part of Centre’s reach out
programme in the last two days.
He said Article
370 had “hampered” the development of the erstwhile state. “Now youth can go to
various states to realize their dreams and make country proud. All this was not
possible before the abrogation of Article 370. There will be new opportunities,
prosperity and development for the Kashmir valley,” he said.
minister interacted with various delegations including local representatives,
Panchayat members and Block Development Council members.
He said that
special focus shall be given on industrialization in the newly carved Union
Territory to open up new employment generation avenues for the local youth.
Besides, he said, special focus shall also be given on the improvement of
education sector in JK. The Minister said that people of J&K will be
provided access and development at par with other states of the country.
secularism as unique strength of the country, the Minister said that all
citizens have responsibility to strengthen it and make good out of it. He said
that the present dispensation is committed to protect rights and land of the
Stressing on the
empowerment of people at grassroot level, the Minister said that now funds are
at the disposal of Panchayat members and PRIs functionaries to empower them
During his visit,
the Minister e-inaugurated Girls Hostel Budgam, Hostel for Doctors at District
Hospital and laid foundation stone for MGNREGA works. During the outreach
programme various delegations including BDC Chairmen, Ring Road delegation,
Contractual Teachers Association, Auqaf Committee Ompora, Ichgam and Gurduwara
Prabandhak Committee met the Minister and raised their demands with him.
assured the deputations that all their genuine demands shall be taken up with
relevant quarters for prompt and early redressal. He further stressed on
implementation of all government sponsored schemes including SBM and Ayushman
Bharat in letter and spirit so that all the beneficiaries are benefitted from
these welfare schemes.
The Minister was
accompanied by District Development Commissioner Budgam Tariq Hussain Ganaie.
The DDC apprised the Minister that all centrally sponsored schemes are being
implemented in letter and spirit in the district.
Among others, IG
CRPF, SP Budgam, ADC Budgam, SE Hydraulics, ACR, ACD, CEO, Exens of PDD and
Irrigation were also present on the occasion.
Later in the
evening union Minister for Communication, Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad
landed in Srinagar. He inaugurated a women post office at General Post Office,
where he spoke about Centre government’s motive for reaching out to people.