Kupwara: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nìtyanand Rai said on Wednesday that the government headed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has broader vision for development in Jammu and Kashmir and is committed to build a New Kashmir.
“Development has given its deep roots and no power on earth can stop the prosperity of the region,” Rai said, while addressing the farmers and PRIs here on Wednesday.
The Union Minister, who reached this frontier district for a three day visit as part of the Union Government’s public outreach programme, laid foundation stone of Model Agriculture Farm at Khahipora-Zachaldara in Handwara, an official spokesperson said.
The Minister, he said was informed that the 10 kanal farm, having project cost of Rs 50 lakh, shall benefit 8000 farm operating families of the area.
He further said that the farm is being developed on scientific lines for dissemination and demonstration of farm technology to the farming community with a sole aim of doubling the farmer’s income by 2022, a slogan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Minister also inspected various stalls established by Agriculture and its allied departments.
“The Minister said that it is crystal clear that the developmental initiatives initiated by Union Government from time to time have percolated down to the people at grass root level,” the official spokesperson said.
“He said the Government headed by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has broader vision for development in Jammu and Kashmir and is committed to build a New Kashmir. He said people of Kashmir have whole heartedly supported prevalence of peace in the region. He urged upon the youth and all stakeholders to take advantage of new initiatives of development,” he added.
He further said that the Minister asked the people present on the occasion to be brave enough to inform him about clear picture of development taking place in their areas, adding that the sole aim of Union Government’s public outreach programme is to assess the development at grass root level.
The official spokesperson said that Rai expressed satisfaction over the positive approach and interest of youth in education and said that 13 youth from J&K including 9 from Valley have qualified the prestigious UPSC exam and urged upon the youth to take keen interest in education and development of their personalities.
“While interacting with people associated with handicrafts and other stall vendors, the Minister stressed upon the need for enhancement of marketing avenues in addition to production, adding that the whole of India is a market place for products of Kashmiri origin,” he added.
Later in the afternoon, the official spokesperson said that the Minister in a meeting with security agencies reviewed the security scenario of the area. High level officers of Army, BSF, CRPF, Police and Intelligence Agencies besides Deputy Commissioner Kupwara attended the meeting.
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