By: PK Correspondent
Srinagar: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir inaugurated and laid foundations of projects worth thousands of crores and announced slew of measures to expedite development in the Himalayan region.
Announcements made by Prime Minister Modi have made people hopeful about J&K witnessing massive development in coming days. “During the past two years J&K’s development scenario has witnessed many changes. Many incomplete projects stand completed and many new projects are coming up,” an observer told Precious Kashmir.
He said, “J&K’s transition into a Union Territory has proven to be a blessing in disguise for a common man. New investments have started arriving. J&K has got a complete facelift as the road connectivity has improved. The Road and Buildings Department has become proactive, so has the grievance redressal cell. Things are moving at a fast pace.”
An analyst while commenting on PM’s recent J&K visit said, “The Prime Minister in his speech emphasized on development and stated that in the next 25 years, Jammu and Kashmir will script new chapter of development.
“Rs 20,000 crore worth projects related to connectivity and electricity have been inaugurated and local youth will get employed with the start of these projects,” the Prime Minister said in his speech.
He highlighted how the Centrally sponsored schemes are being rapidly implemented in Jammu and Kashmir and people are being benefitted from them. “We are making efforts to give impetus to the development of Jammu and Kashmir and our efforts will definitely generate employment to a large number of youth of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
A politician said, “During the past two years the Centre has provided liberal funding to Jammu and Kashmir and has ensured that the money reaches to the people whom it’s meant for. New Delhi is directly monitoring the progress of each and every work in J&K. Unlike past projects are not getting stuck in political or official wrangles. It has made a huge difference.”
He said, “The Prime Minister skipped politics and didn’t talk about holding assembly elections. He stressed on the need to empower Panchayats and other grass root institutions. Political parties were expecting that he may announce a political package instead he announced another economic package aimed at empowering a common man.”
The Prime Minister said more than 30,000 Panchayati representatives are presently running governance related affairs and in the past two years almost 200 new laws were extended to J&K and empowered people of this place.
Prime Minister Modi during his J&K visit drove home a point that J&K has been put on the path of development and the process is irreversible.