JK suffered immensely due to historic mistakes: Thakur
Jammu, Jan 19: Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur Sunday said Jammu Kashmir had suffered immensely due to the historical mistakes, and this had a detrimental impact on its political, social and economic development.
He said this while inaugurating various developmental projects at Nagrota, Jammu during the second day of the Government of India’s special public outreach programme to disseminate information about the implementation of its policies and programmes for the overall development of Jammu and Kashmir and its people.
Addressing a gathering, Thakur said BDC polls in Jammu Kashmir was a historic step that made the local self-government a part of the decision-making authority of which they had been deprived of for the past 72 years.
He said the government wants grass-root level participation to become an integral part of democracy which could then empower people socially, economically and politically.
He urged the BDC members to implement the basic GoI-sponsored schemes up to the gross-root level to which they had been deprived of for many decades.
About the implementation of GoI schemes and programmes, Thakur said J&K had done wonderful in Ayushman Bharat Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Ujjwala Yojana and Swach Bharat.
The minister appreciated the role of J&K administration on achieving target under Swachh Bharat Mission and Saubhagya Yojana.
He reiterated that the Prime Minister had taken J&K on top priority in terms of development.
Giving details regarding the GoI-sponsored schemes, the minister said J&K stood first in the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme, 18,534 houses had been constructed under PMAY, 2.5 lakh toilets were constructed under Swachh Bharat and Ujjwala has reached to its hundred percent target in Jammu Kashmir.
He also urged the concerned authorities to speed up the execution of these GoI-sponsored schemes for the benefit of grass-root level population and also emphasised to spread awareness about the various schemes of the government like PM Jan Dhan Yojna, MGNREGA, PM Gram Sadak Yojna, PM Awas Yojna, National Health Mission, Ladli Beti, Old Age Pension and others.
The minister also said DBT was a huge game changer in developmental and welfare paradigm of India as it had changed the way in which benefits and welfare of citizens was secured in India and ensured a great transparency.
Talking about the sports talent in J&K, the minister said sports infrastructure in J&K would be upgraded as there was a huge potential among the youngsters and they were being held back in the past from achieving their dreams and glory by the lack of facilities.
The minister also emphasised the people of Jammu Kashmir to leave their past and urged to give efforts to make a new India.
Earlier, during his visit, the minister dedicated a permanent ambulance to the PHC Nagrota and promised to provide a mobile van health service on trial basis for three months only to provide basic healthcare facilities to the people at their doorsteps.
GoI committed to equitable, fast-track development of JK: Singh
Doda, Jan 19: Union Minister of State for Power, New and Renewable Energy, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Raj Kumar Singh Sunday reiterated the commitment of Government of India to ensure equitable and fast-track development projects in Jammu Kashmir.
The Union Minister was addressing a public outreach programme here along with Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar.
The programme was attended by M Raju Secretary PDD, Yasha Mudgal MD JPDCL; Dr Sagar D Doifode, DDC Doda; SSP Doda Mumtaz Ahmed, Chief Engineers; BDC Chairmans, President MC Doda, Sarpanches, Panches, Ex-Legislators besides a large number of people.
In his address, the Union Minister said the Government of India aims at long-term initiatives for the equitable and sustainable development of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said emphasis would be laid on raising the living standards of the people of every community.
He asked the people present during the programme to avail the benefits of various GoI-sponsored schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PM-KISSAN, PMAY, besides directed the concerned to achieve 100 percent coverage under all the welfare programmes of the government.
During the programme, achievements like 100 percent implementation of DDUGJY and PMDP(R) in 252 villages of Jammu besides issuance of 42,000 KCC cards, issuance of soil health cards, effective implementation of PM-KISSAN in the district were highlighted.
Addressing the gathering, Advisor Bhatnagar appreciated the district administration for carrying out various welfare programmes successfully. He also ensured that the demands raised during the programme will be looked into and addressed accordingly.
The Advisor also highlighted the importance of Back to Village programme in addressing the basic issues of the people of rural areas at their door-steps.
Later, the Union Minister along with Advisor Bhatnagar inaugurated various stalls of line departments exhibiting their products and schemes to sensitize people of the area.
Earlier, the Union Minister laid foundation stone of various mega projects of power department.
The projects whose foundation was laid included construction of 2×50 MVA, 220/33KV Grid station Nagrota, construction of 6.3MVA,33/11KV, receiving station at Shazadpur Jammu under IPDS, construction of 2×10 MVA,33KV, Receiving station at Narandi Jammu under PMDP-U.
The Union Minister also e-inaugurated water sports centre at Pul Doda, up-gradation of electrical infrastructure of 12 Shrines in Jammu region, and augmented transformation capacity from 50MVA -100MVA at 132/33KV Grid station Pounichak in district Jammu.
The projects were inaugurated in presence of Advisor Bhatnagar, M Raju Secretary PDD, Yasha Mudgal MD JPDCL, and DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode.
At the outset, DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode presented a detailed report of progress on various developmental projects in the district under various heads like district plan, languishing projects, and Back to Village programme.
He also informed about various district level initiatives like Zimedari project, Conduct of Free coaching classes.
GoI committed to JK’s exemplary transformation on developmental front: Goyal
Jammu, Jan 19: The government is committed on its promise for exemplary transformation on developmental front across Jammu Kashmir after people joyfully embraced the new system of administration.
This was stated by Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal on Sunday while addressing a large gathering of people at Akhnoor here.
The minister inaugurated three projects for Akhnoor's development at an estimated cost of Rs 669.82 lakh.
Earlier today, Goyal inaugurated construction of protection work of 300 meter at Gurki Dakki and Jia Pota Ghat along the bank of river Chenab at Akhnoor at an estimated cost of Rs 324.58 lakh.
Also, he e-inaugurated a three kilometer road project from Tanda to Kapian De Ban (Part-I) at an estimated cost of Rs 150.24 lakh and Indoor Hall near Boys Higher Secondary School Akhnoor at an estimated cost of Rs 195 lakh.
Addressing the gathering, which included Chairmen of Block Development Councils, Municipal Committee members, Sarpanchs, Panchs, members of different political parties, Goyal spelled out the achievements and accomplishments of Central and J&K administration in the past two years.
“This is just a beginning, many more is on the way. J&K is going through rapid transformation. We all will see the old golden glory of the region," he said and added that a new dawn of development has started in J&K which the people of J&K were deprived of from the last seventy years because of various hurdles in the path of progress and development.
Complimenting the people of J&K for maintaining peace and tranquility after region's transition from State to Union Territory, the minister reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir would witness a fast paced and all round development in all spheres and would be a partner in nation building.
"Central government is committed on its promise for exemplary transformation in J&K as people have joyfully accepted the new stet-up of administration which will change their lives and fast pace developmental works in the region," Goyal said.
While pronouncing that different projects have been completed and have been taken up in J&K, he said before two years number of projects were languishing or had little progress but most of the projects have been completed or nearing completion.
He said by March 2021, 25 projects would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 25,000 crore in J&K. He said many prestigious institutions have been set up in the region including IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, Highway and road connectivity projects, Railway, Bridges (Chenab River) etc.
He said these projects would generate employment in sectors like irrigation, electricity, sports, tourism and other areas.
“J&K is Desh Ka Noor. Every languishing project has now been cleared which will set a new path of development in J&K,” he said.
The minister said that there has been a great success in their implementation like the Saubhagya scheme under which 3,30,000 households have been electrified and a 100 crore special award under this scheme has been awarded to J&K.
He also complimented J&K administration for faring better in various centrally sponsored schemes implemented in the region, and said that J&K has fared well in Ayushman Bharat Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), and Ujjwala Yojana.
“J&K was at the top most position in the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme, 18,534 houses have been constructed under PMAY, 2.5 lakh toilets were constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Ujjwala scheme has reached to its hundred percent target in Jammu and Kashmir,” he stated.
The minister said around 25 per cent work with 14 kilometer distance has been completed in Jammu Ring Road Project and the land acquisition process has been completed for Jammu-Akhnoor Road project.
Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for to the rapid pace on developmental front, Goyal said PM Modi is committed and dedicated for the speedy all round development in J&K.
The minister also said that the work on Banihal-Katra project has been fast paced with an aim to connect India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He further said that the completion of this important project will be a blessing for J&K as it has a great scope to boost the economy and will support its various industries as well.
The minister also complimented J&K for getting best performing UT award from Ministry of Rural Development, GoI.
On the occasion, the minister announced the increase in frequency of Vande Bharat Express from Delhi-Katra and vice versa.
He said that an Investment Summit is being held in J&K with an opportunity to showcase its strengths, strategies and potential in different sectors for investment.
Speaking about the skill development projects in J&K, Goyal stated that the Himayat Yojana is on a right traction as 12,000 candidates have been trained so far and 7,801 are under training.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan credited Goyal for providing electricity to remotest areas of the country. He also thanked the Minister for presenting Vande Bharat Express as gift to people of J&K which is at par with European trains in terms of standard and facilities provided to commuters and passengers.
He said that the people of J&K are hoping that Mr Goyal will act as ambassador in Central Government for sanctioning several developmental projects to UT of J&K.
Member of Parliament, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Pawan Kotwal also spoke on the occasion.
Muraleedharan reviews progress of GoI-sponsored schemes
Kathua, Jan 19: Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs, V Muraleedharan today e-inaugurated Rural Haat and various road projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) at Billawar.
He also reviewed progress of various centrally sponsored schemes and presided over many functions during which he stressed on effective implementation of government programmes to achieve result-oriented progress in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Union Minister also participated in a programme at Billawar Degree College here where he highlighted the benefits of recent constitutional changes made by the centre.
Highlighting the benefits of several flagship programmes of the Union Government, Muraleedharan said that 60 lakh beneficiaries have been benefitted under Ayushman Bharat scheme besides several medical colleges and AIIMS will provide impetus to the medical care in J&K.
Later, the Union Minister also distributed sanction orders of State Marriage Assistance Scheme among female beneficiaries and inaugurated Multipurpose Hall at the Degree College.
Various departments under District Administration also exhibited their products and schemes to sensitize people of the area towards various welfare programmes of the government. The Union Minister also took a round of the exhibition and inquired about the execution of various schemes.
The Union Minster was accompanied by CEO SMVDSB, Ramesh Kumar, ASP Kathua, Ramnish Gupta and ADC Billawar, Sandesh Kumar Sharma and other concerned.
Choubey inaugurates National Immunization Day
Jammu, Jan 19: Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwini Kumar Choubey Sunday inaugurated National Immunisation Day here at Gandhi Nagar Hospital.
Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo; Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K, Dr Arun Sharma; Director Health Services Jammu, Dr Renu Sharma; Mission Director, National Health Mission, J&K, Bhupinder Kumar; Medical Superintendent Gandhi Nagar, Dr Chander Parkash; State Immunization Officer, Dr Qazi Haroon; State Tuberculosis Officer, Dr Sanjay Turki; SMO WHO, Ravinderpal Singh; doctors and other officers of Medical Department students and parents of the children were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Choubey urged all the officers and officials to continue working hard as the neighbouring countries still have wild polio cases.
“We should mobilize all the resources to keep polio at bay and continue to participate in the pulse polio Immunization campaigns so that immunity of our children remains high,” he said.
He appealed the people to get their children vaccinated even if the child is born few hours ago or is suffering from viral infection or any other disease.
The union minister said on March 27, 2014 the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared India a Polio free country.
Pointing out that the Government of India was making all the efforts to protect children from diseases, he said that the vaccination under the programme must reach the last child of Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion, Atal Dulloo informed that nearly 19,85,021 children are going to be vaccinated at 10,722 established booths across Jammu and Kashmir on National Immunization Day 2020.
The welcome address was presented by the Dr Arun Sharma and Dr Renu Sharma presented Vote of Thanks.
Irani inaugurates public projects
Reasi, Jan 19: Union Minister for Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani Sunday conducted public meetings at village Moori of Dheeti Panchayat and at Spritual Growth Centre here today.
Addressing a huge crowd near Middle School Moori, Smriti Irani congratulated the locals for participating in huge numbers in parliamentary as well as Urban Local Bodies elections in the recent past. She also congratulated the administration for successfully conducting the elections.
The Union Minister also passed directions for on-spot resolution of several demands raised at the occasion which were readily accepted by the district administration. A steel foot bridge over Junnie Nallah was also inaugurated by the minister at the occasion earlier in the day.
At another public meeting at Katra, the Union Minister met with elected members of Katra Municipal Committee, Panchs-Sarpanchs of block Katra, prominent citizens and a large number of students among locals. She also inaugurated road from Paroh-Arli and Kadmal-Dhanna roads through e-inauguration.
In her welcome address, the DC said that Reasi has a huge potential for organic farming and progressive farmers are already taking up cultivation of lemongrass, a highly profitable cash crop. Block Development Council chairpersons and sarpanchs of blocks Pintail and Katra also welcomed the Union Minister and raised development issues.
In a response to public demand for opening a textile unit in the district, the Union Minister assured that a suitable unit would be set up immediately after a formal request by the district administration.
Counting achievements of the central government, Smriti said that more than 8 lakh farmers are being benefitted under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. Similarly, around 24 thousand saffron growers have benefitted under National Saffron Mission till date in J&K. She said that under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, more than 12 lakh gas cylinders have been distributed to poor households of the Union Territory.
It was also told by the Union Minister that 3.5 lakh cards have been distributed, of over 11 lakh identified, under the ambitious Ayushman Bharat Yojana through which 50 thousand residents of the UT have already benefitted. She also told that more than 140 district and sub-district level hospital projects have been identified for up-gradation in Jammu & Kashmir in addition to the two upcoming AIIMS with an allocated budget of Rs 2 thousand crore.
Appreciating the enthusiasm of people of J&K towards Panchayati Raj and other democratic institutions, Smriti said that with dialogue and participation of people, all things are possible. ‘A new wave of development has just begun’, she added.
Pandey urges people to share ideas with Govt
Jammu, Jan 19: As part of Union Government's Public Outreach Programme, Union Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey Sunday visited various panchayats of Block Dansal, Jammu including Tarah, Janakha and Dansal panchayats and interacted with the residents there.
This visit is part of Union Government's unique initiative under which 36 Cabinet and Council Ministers will be visiting 60 different blocks to interact with the residents, panchayat representatives and understand their issues and concerns. The Union Ministers, besides taking feedback on Govt's performance, will also educate people at grass roots about their rights and about various centrally sponsored schemes.
The Minister was accompanied by Secretary YSS Sarmad Hafeez, Director JK EDI GM Dar, DG YSS Saleem ur Rehman, Director Technical Education Sajad Hussain Ganai and Chairperson BDC Dansal Reena Thappa.
At Dansal panchayat, the Minister conducted an extensive public outreach programme at community hall. The event saw participation from over 300 people from various panchayats.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said this initiative has been launched to bridge the gap between public and government, and to ascertain the needs of the public so as to better fulfill them. He said that the Prime Minister and the union government is working with the objective of achieving equitable sustainable development in the nation.
He encouraged the public, especially the representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institution to cooperate with the Govt. and be active participants in this process.
Responding to the demand for establishment of ITI for Block Dansal and upgradation of PHC, the Minister assured that these demands will be given due consideration and taken up for redressal.
He also gave immediate instructions to concerned officers for opening a Skill Development Center in the area.
The minister also urged the citizens to engage with www.MyGov.in - India's Citizen Engagement platform. He informed the public that this platform allows for direct citizen participation in governance by way of sharing ideas, comments and creative suggestions to Central Ministries and associated organizations. He asked the Citizens to participate in policy formulation and program implementation to usher in an era of direct participatory democracy.
The minister also launched works for Improvement/Augmentation of WSS Badsoo and of WSS Chapper Sandrote. These works are being undertaken under NRDWP at the cost of 153.97 lakhs & 168.78 lakhs respectively, together benefiting about 5319 souls.
Earlier, At Tarah Panchayat, the Minister launched works for construction of Road from Nandini Tarah Road to Keran Panchayat identified under B2V1. During interactions, a demand was raised for construction of bridge on Tawi River at Tarah to enhance local connectivity. The bridge will further connect these rural areas with Surinsar, Mansar/ other neighboring tourist/commercial areas to improve livelihood opportunities.
The minister undertook spot visit to the said area and assured that the demand will be put forth to the Government of India for early redressal.