Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai on Wednesday said that development of J&K is a priority for the central government.
Addressing a large public gathering at Sheikhpora Budgam, the Minister who was on a visit to Budgam in connection with the Government’s public outreach programme said that the socio-economic development of J&K is the focal point of the union government.
He said that special focus shall be given on industrialization in the newly carved Union Territory to open up new employment generation avenues for the local youth. Besides, he said, the special focus shall also be given on the improvement of the education sector in JK. The Minister said that people of J&K will be provided access and development at par with other states of the country.
Terming secularism as a unique strength of the country, the Minister said that all citizens have a responsibility to strengthen it and make good out of it. He said that the present dispensation is committed to protecting the rights and land of the people.
Stressing on the empowerment of people at grassroot level, the Minister said that now funds are at the disposal of Panchayat members and PRIs functionaries to empower them financially.
During his visit, the Minister e-inaugurated Girls Hostel Budgam, Hostel for Doctors at District Hospital and laid the foundation stone for MGNREGA works. During the outreach programme, various delegations including BDC Chairmen, Ring Road delegation, Contractual Teachers Association, Auqaf Committee Ompora, Ichgam and Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee met the Minister and raised their demands with him.
The Minister assured the deputations that all their genuine demands shall be taken up with relevant quarters for prompt and early redressal. He further stressed on implementation of all government-sponsored schemes including SBM and Ayushman Bharat in letter and spirit so that all the beneficiaries are benefitted from these welfare schemes.
The Minister was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Budgam Tariq Hussain Ganaie. The DDC apprised the Minister that all centrally sponsored schemes are being implemented in letter and spirit in the district.
Among others, IG CRPF, SP Budgam, ADC Budgam, SE Hydraulics, ACR, ACD, CEO, Exens of PDD and Irrigation were also present on the occasion.