BARAMULLA – Asserting that internet services will be restored in phased manner in Kashmir, Union Minister for Communications, Law & Justice, Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said that ‘the ministers visiting J&K have been instructed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strive for the development of the Union Territory’.
The Minister, who arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday, visits this north Kashmir border district on Thursday and inaugurated a Sports Stadium, besides interacted with various delegations.
“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi told all the ministers to visit J&K and strive for development there. In was in Srinagar yesterday where I inaugurated All Women Post office, incubation facility at Srinagar Technology Parks of India Srinagar and laid foundation stones of two hostels,” he told reports on the sideline of the inauguration function here.
Prasad said that Circuit Bench of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal will be started soon in Srinagar, besides 350 lawyers of J&K will become notary soon.
“I’m really happy to be in Baramulla, where I inaugurated an Indoor Stadium. I appreciate the work done by the administration,” he said.
The Minister said that the Government of India is striving hard for the overall development and prosperity of the youth of J&K.
Asserting that all possible support will be given for development of sports, he said, “The children here are very happy. It is heartening to see that the children are capable of playing at national level. I have asked the J&K administration that all possible support should be given to the children.”
“Internet has been restored in many places and will be made operational in rest of the places as well in phased manner,” he added.
He said the government will setup every required infrastructure for development and export of IT products from J&K UT. “The incubation facility will provide opportunities to IT entrepreneurs by providing plug-n-play and other digital infrastructure along with regulatory support to develop and export IT products from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Prasad’s visit to the valley comes in the wake of outreach programme launched by the centre to educate people about various developmental projects and schemes, including PMDP, flagship schemes and iconic projects, benefiting people in J&K. The outreach programme was launched by the centre over five months after abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A, besides bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir in two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh. However, interestingly out of 36 Union Ministers visiting J&K, only five will interact with people in Kashmir valley.