Jammu, Nov 10: Sequel to Union Home Minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on 23rd of October, 2018, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Gyanesh Kumar held review meeting with the senior officers of the State Government here today and took stock of the implementation of Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).
Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department, K.B. Agarwal, Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary Home, R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring, Rohit Kansal, Commissioner/Secretary Higher Education, Sarita Chauhan, Commissioner/Secretary PWD (R&B), Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjev Verma, Secretary Rural Development Department, Sheetal Nanda, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports & Information, Sarmad Hafeez, Chief Executive Officer, ERA, Dr. Raghav Langer, Director General Planning, Satvir Kour and other senior officers of departments involved in the implementation of PMDP in the State.
Reiterating the commitment of the Government of India for fast-track development of Jammu and Kashmir, Gyanesh Kumar said that Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Raj Nath Singh are personally keen for the development of the State and are constantly monitoring the Rs. 80,068 crore special PMDP package that was announced by the PM in the year 2015 for the development of the State. He called upon the Administrative Secretaries to pay special attention to the implementation of this special package and ensure time bound completion of the projects which have been taken in hands.
Stressing the need for constant monitoring of projects at the State level, the Additional Secretary called for flagging each project, clearing bottlenecks, if any with coordinated approach by each department/agency to achieve tangible results on ground. He said the PMDP is envisaged to be implemented in time span of five years and asked the officers to give utmost attention to each on-going project and sanctioning all proposed projects under the programme so that the constant flow of funds is maintained by the Centre. He said Centre is committed to fulfill its commitment to ensure free flow of funds provided the State Government fulfills the requisite formalities for sanctioning the projects and achieving the progress.
The projects which were prominently highlighted included, construction of two AIIMS, IIMs, power projects, construction of Jammu-Akhnoor Highway, construction of sports infrastructure, progress under Skill Development Programme, tourism promotion, conservation and beautification of water bodies, horticulture. It was emphasized to give utmost attention to these projects to ensure their time bound completion.
Rohit Kansal while giving overview of the PMDP-2015, informed that as many as 16 ministries are involved in the implementation of 63 projects sanctioned under this special package at a cost of Rs. 66,298 crore, out of which Rs. 27,857 crore released and Rs. 23,948 crore utilized till date, besides Rs. 2474 crore have been provided by the State Government as State share for these projects. He informed that work on 44 projects is apace and 8 projects have been substantially completed.
Sharing the progress on major projects including, two AIIMS and IIMs, Kansal apprised that majority of components which are being looked after by the State Government like acquisition of land, construction of approach road, creating water sources have been cleared. All other projects have been duly flagged and their progress is being monitored regularly at the State level to accomplish them in time line. He assured to accomplish the targets as per time schedule.
Clear message to Modi that people are unhappy
New Delhi, Dec 11: Buoyed by Congress’ resurgence, party president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the assembly poll outcome is a “clear message” to the Modi government that people are not happy with it and time has come for a change while asserting that his party will also win in 2019.
Prime Minister Narender Modi got a massive mandate but refused to listen to “heartbeat of the country”, Gandhi noted, and said there are serious questions being asked about the future of country’s youngsters as there was a sense of discontentment and inability to see the future.
Thanking people and party workers for party’s good performance in three states of Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, he said, “It’s now time for change. We are going to provide these three states with a vision for overall development”. However, he added that they would have liked to do better in Telangana.
Hitting at the BJP for its often-stated remark of Congress-mukt (Congress-free) Bharat, Gandhi said,”the BJP has a certain ideology and we will fight against it. We have won this elections, we will also win in 2019. However, we do not want to get rid of anyone, ‘hum kisikomuktnahikarnachahtein’.”
Asked about the selection of chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, he said there will not be any issue and it will be done smoothly.
There is a clear message to Prime Minister Modi that people are not happy with his decisions, including demonetisation and those pertaining to farmers and youth, he said, adding the BJP has failed to provide a vision for the country going forward.
Asserting that the process of loan waiver for farmers will start as soon as Congress governments are formed, he, however, said the loan waiver is a measure, not a solution to farmers’ distress.
Gandhi was named to lead the Congress exactly a year ago and took over the charge from his mother Sonia Gandhi a few days later.
Rahul Gandhi also praised Congress workers and likened them to ‘babbarsher’ (lions).
Accept people’s mandate with humility: PM Modi
New Delhi, Dec 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday congratulated the Congress, Telangana’s K CHandrashekarRao and the Mizo National Front for their victories.
He tweeted: “We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare of the people.
“Congratulations to the Congress for their victories. Congratulations to KCR Garu for the thumping win in Telangana and to the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their impressive victory in Mizoram,” he added.
The BJP has suffered serious reverses in the heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at the hands of the Congress. In Telangana and Mizoram, its performance has been dismal, despite high hopes of a good showing.
“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” he said in another tweet
‘Winds of change’ will bring good days to JK: Farooq
Srinagar, Dec 11:National Conference president and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said that BJP’s defeat in the Assembly polls were the “winds of change” that will bring “good days to Jammu and Kashmir.
Exuding confidence that the poll results in five states of India will have a good bearing on all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdullah, as per KNS, said: “I believe winds of change will bring good days to the people of Jammu and Kashmir also.”
“Using the name of ‘Bhagwan Ram’ for winning elections has collapsed BJP. People have rejected Mandir-Masjid politics and upheld secular politics in the country. For four years they didn’t remember a temple to be built in the name of “Bhagwan Ram” but in election time they remember ‘Bhagwan Ram’,” he said.
Farooq added: “People have voted against betrayal of promises, be it GST, demonetization or any other policy decision taken during last four years. The value of Indian rupee has gone down, commitment of transferring fifty lakhs in the bank accounts of people and demonetization are the factors that have contributed to the defeat of BJP in the five states.”