Delhi, Feb 12: More than 30 Union ministers, who visited Jammu and Kashmir last
month, have submitted their feedback to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on
the implementation of various development schemes there, officials said on
many as 37 central ministers visited Jammu and Kashmir to assess the ground
situation and interact with people on various development schemes.
30 of them have submitted their reports to the Home Ministry and those were
forwarded to the PMO recently, a government official said.
reports were primarily on how the welfare schemes were being implemented and
the issues on which the Centre and the Union territory administration should
focus on for optimum results, the official added.
reports were given in a proforma so that action could be taken on the basis of
central ministers visited Jammu and Kashmir following a directive of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted an honest assessment of the various welfare
schemes being implemented in the newly-created Union territory.
those who visited Jammu and Kashmir were Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, ministers of state for home G Kishan Reddy and
ministers only spoke about the development initiatives and there was no
reference to political issues, the official said.
with the locals, they got first-hand information about the roads, healthcare
facilities, power situation, functioning of academic institutions etc. in the
were two sets of feedback – one on the initiatives taken by the UT
administration and the other on the Centre’s initiatives – another official
of the central ministers stayed overnight at their respective places of visit
such as Baramulla, Ganderbal, Doda, besides others.
August last year, the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which
gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and
bifurcated it into Union territories.
then, the Centre has been closely monitoring the on-the-ground implementation
of various development programmes there.
and Kashmir is currently under the President’s rule.