Srinagar: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharman on Monday said people of Jammu and Kashmir will get facilities and development which was denied them before the abrogation of article 370 to the erstwhile state.
Sitharaman said it is important now for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to get all its aspirations including development and facilities which were denied to them prior to the abrogation of article 370.
“There is no point in holding a section of people all resources and denying ordinary citizens”, she said and added “that is where you find the ordinary citizens today”.
The Finance Minister who arrived on a two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir was speaking during the inauguration of “The Chinar”, the first permanent establishment of Income Tax India in UT, in Srinagar.
She said, without any delay every citizens aspirations should be given space in the development and that is what the central government has been given post the abrogation of Article 370.
The finance minister said, Jammu and Kashmir lacks the development in the past especially in the power sector despite having tremendous potential.
She said despite Jammu and Kashmir having a potential capacity of about 20000 MW to produce electricity failed to develop the basic materials which could have been utilized for living and economic purposes.
She said, because the power generation not coming up to the expectations over the years has denied the people of Jammu and Kashmir its own developmental goals.
“Without basic supplies of electricity for a beautiful state like Kashmir, potential-ridden development has always been at its minimum” , Sitharaman said.
She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal with the guiding principles is “Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, Sab Ka Vishwaas and Sab Ka Prayaas”.
“You have all the vishwaas, but if you don’t have the required endowments for it, development is not going to be achieved as much as we want”, she added
She said four thousand people were killed due to terrorism over the past years on a land which is otherwise so beautiful and peaceful.
She said the larger issue is reaching out to every person in Jammu and Kashmir, giving his or her due share of development which has been denied to them for the last 70 years.
“Shall now be reaching every citizen of the state and that is why we are here”, she added. (UNI)