“COVID has affected the nation’s responsibility for children”
BUDGAM, May 30: Arguing that Kashmir’s development journey has been affected and the economy devastated by three decades of militancy, the Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office for Science and technology, Dr Jitendra Singh, said today that now is high time to work for loss compensation.
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The Union Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Budgam district in central Kashmir under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach program at the end of eight years of BJP government in the center, will is interviewed with Panches, Sarpanches, Block Development Council (BDC) and District Development Council (DDC) representatives here today.
The PRI informed Dr. Jitendra Singh that Kashmir has been lagging behind in development over the past seven decades due to the indifferent attitude of successive governments. Dr. Jitendra Singh said now is high time that we all focus on advancing J&K so that it does not lag behind another part of the country in progress and prosperity.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, shortly after taking office in 2014, said his main priority would be to focus on areas that had remained neglected in the past to bring them on par with the regions. developed in the country and gave much preference to J&K. and the Northeastern States in this regard.
The Minister said that to give practical form to the Prime Minister’s vision, it is high time for all of us that “we focus on making up for the shortcomings suffered over the years of activism and on developing J&K in its together. “
Dr Jitendra Singh said it is a very good sign that the influx of tourists has increased significantly in the valley this year as the highest number of visitors travel to Kashmir.
In response to a question from a reporter who asked that the National Conference (NC) said tourists were also visiting before, Dr Jitendra Singh said it was an evidence-based time and the numbers were there , how many tourists visited earlier and how many visited this year. “You can go through those numbers and come to a conclusion,” he added.
When asked what steps the government has taken for the development of Budgam, one of the oldest districts in Kashmir, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the biggest airport in the valley is at Budgam.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed all ministers to treat the whole nation as one family and work for the good of all regardless of their religion, region and caste.
Previously, Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the newly renovated building of Smart Class Boys High School featuring a smart classroom with a digitized system at Ompora Budgam.
The two-storey 10-room school building for smart classrooms also includes facilities such as a library and a common room.
While interacting with staff and students, the Minister assured that the school building will be highly equipped with the latest facilities including smart classrooms and solar installation as a priority.
During his visit to Budgam district, the Minister also interacted with COVID affected children at the Budgam conference hall. Commemorating eight years of Modi government, he distributed checks of Rs. 10,000, schoolbags, Ayushman Bharat (golden cards) and scholarships under the Saksham scheme among beneficiaries who have been hit hard during the pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that after eight years of government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Center launched PM Care for children, an initiative to reach out to children.
He said the aim of the initiative is to send a message across the country that affected children who have lost their parents should not feel like orphans and that they are the responsibility of the government.
“These are our own children and we as a society have a collective responsibility to care for them,” the minister said.
Dr. Jitendra Singh further stated that the Union government is committed to good governance and has ensured all possible support to these and all other needy children through various programs and initiatives launched by the central government.
The minister also attended the finals of different sporting events at the under-19 interzonal district level at the Budgam sports stadium, where he also distributed sports kits and trophies to the participants.
After declaring the games open, the minister called for proper identification of the talents of young sports fans and their proper training for their best performance on the pitch.
He urged the youngsters to play sports which is now recognized as one of the career options.
Later, the minister inspected various booths set up by different departments and distributed certificates of improvement to deserving recipients. He distributed authorization letters and agricultural equipment to various farmers on this occasion.
During his tour, the minister also distributed scooties, needy aid prostheses and marriage assistance certificates of a check of Rs 50,000 each to girls living below the poverty line. He said that the Modi government, at the end of its eight years of service to the nation, is reaching out to the people with the spirit of “Seva” which has been the hallmark of Prime Minister Modi’s regime.
Later, various delegations from civil society, traders, youth delegations, political workers and others called the minister at the Budgam conference hall.
They reported their problems and their demands to the Minister for prompt redress.
The Minister patiently listened to the delegations and assured that all their genuine claims will be given priority consideration.
Among others, President DDC Budgam, Nazir Ahmad Khan, DC Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza, SSP Budgam, Tahir Saleem, DDC and BDC members, Chairman of Budgam City Council and district officers were present at the occasion. .