‘Previous rulers used funds for personal benefits’
21:Charging previous governments of “unabated” corruption, Union Minister for
Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said Centre has earmarked Rs 16
crore for Himayat scheme to help educated unemployed youth to find jobs.
addressing a gathering in Srinagar outskirts as a part of Centre’s reach out
programme to make people aware about the “positive impact” of the revocation of
“Corruption is a
disease which for many years affected Kashmir. Crores of rupees were disbursed
for Jammu and Kashmir but the money was not reaching the people. Few people
used these funds for their personal benefits. But now the funds are going to
directly to you (people),” he said.
Naqvi said people
were ditched by their representatives earlier. “We now want to reach out to the
people, listen to their woes and solve their problems. We came here with a
positive approach and mindset,” he said.
that the Centre has earmarked Rs 16 crore under Himayat scheme for Jammu and
Kashmir. “We have already identified
at least 1200 educated youth under this programme. People used to travel
faraway places for treatment and now AIIMS is coming up in Samba in Jammu and
Lassipora in Kashmir. Five medical colleges are also coming up that will open
500 seats for people of the state,” he said.
Affairs minister said their focus is on the development and providing
employment opportunities to the youth. “We framed schemes like Hunar Haq for
youth. These schemes will give them employment along with development of the
region. Those who apply for scholarships will get benefitted through central
government’s initiatives,” he said.
Naqvi said main
motive of their visit to Kashmir was “to bring positive and effective change in
the lives of people”. “It has happened
for the first time that entire council of ministers had reached out to Kashmiri
people to hear their views. The initiatives will not stop here as we will
continue visiting the valley. We will stay in touch with the officers also to
know about people’s grievances,” he said