PM Focussed On Making J&K Prosperous: Minister

Kulgam: Union Minister of State for Textiles and Railways, Darshana Vikram Jardosh said on Friday that the Prime Minister is focused on making Jammu and Kashmir a prosperous and developed place and has taken several measures and initiatives for welfare of people.

Jardosh made these remarks on Friday during her visit to the south Kashmir district here as part of the ongoing public outreach programme of the Union Government, an official spokesperson said. During her visit, the Minister took part in a series of events and activities that witnessed participation of public officials and delegations.

She also distributed vehicles among beneficiaries under the MUMKIN scheme and also inaugurated inter- zone district level competition for girls in badminton, table tennis, tug of war and rope skipping at the Mini-stadium.

According to the official spokesperson, the Union Minister highlighted the measures and initiatives taken by the Government headed by the Prime Minister to promote sports culture across the country.

The Minister, he said, also interacted with members of Self Help Groups and entrepreneurs who shared their successes stories. She stressed upon these members to give extensive marketing reach of their products by registering on GeM portal and other business sites.

Speaking on the occasion, the official spokesperson said that the Minister stated that the purpose of the visit is to assess the needs and requirements of the people.

“She added that the Prime Minister is focused on making Jammu and Kashmir a prosperous and developed place and has taken several measures and initiatives for welfare of people,” he added.

Later on, the Minister held a meeting with DDC, BDC and members of other PRIs, Presidents of Municipal Committees and other ULB members and councilors.

“These members brought forth various demands concerning the development and public welfare in the whole district as well as in their respective areas,” the official spokesperson said.

'Promise To Make J&K No 1 Tourist Destination'

Meanwhile the Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy Friday claimed that the Centre would take every measure required to make J&K the number one tourist destination in India.

Reddy made these remarks during his interaction with stakeholders of the tourism industry on the conclusion of his two day visit to Kashmir, an official spokesperson said.

The Union Minister, he said, reaffirmed the commitment of the Central government for the promotion of tourism and culture here and said that the centre will do everything in its domain to brand Jammu & Kashmir as an international tourist destination.

“He said J&K is progressing and moving in the right direction and the Union Government is supporting the UT in every respect to take the region to uniform prosperity with the rest of India,” he added.

The Minister, as per the official spokesperson pledged all support to the J & K Government to bring Mughal Gardens on the UNESCO Heritage map so that these places get international recognition and help in increasing foreign tourist footfall.

Reddy, he said, assured that the Centre would take every measure required to make Jammu & Kashmir the number one tourist destination in the country.
According to the official spokesperson, among other issues, the tourism stakeholders sought direct flights from different cities of the country including Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai to Srinagar.

He said that the stakeholders also demanded insurance cover in case of losses, development of new and virgin tourist destinations, better mobile connectivity at tourism places, renovation of old hotels at tourism destinations like Pahalgam, Gulmarg among others.

“The Minister gave a patient hearing to the tourism stakeholders and assured them that all their genuine issues would be taken up for early resolution,” he added.

As per the official spokesperson, the Union Minister noted with appreciation the efforts put in by the Tourism Department in promoting J&K as a top destination for tourists.

“He expressed satisfaction over the way the Department has been carrying out promotional activities, identifying new destinations and has effectively concluded capacity building and vaccination for the tourism stakeholders,” he said.

While appreciating the Tourism Department for its work done during Covid-19 pandemic, he said, the Minister stated that the J&K administration has done better than other States and UTs during the pandemic.

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