‘It’s time to let go of old challenges, embrace new possibilities’
* Every Indian’s J&K pride, we must take it to new heights
* Prime Minister commends LG and its team for the work done to root out the evils of corruption
JAMMU, 30th October: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today that young people will write a new history of development in Jammu and Kashmir and affirmed that now is the time to leave old challenges behind and take full advantage new possibilities.
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Speaking to Jammu and Kashmir Rozgar Mela this morning via video conference from New Delhi, Modi said he felt happy that the youths of Jammu and Kashmir are coming out in large numbers for the development of their territory of l Union and People.
In his nearly 12-minute address, the prime minister said whenever he meets the people of Jammu and Kashmir earlier, he still feels their pain.
“It was the pain of corruption in the system. The people of Jammu and Kashmir hate corruption,” he said and commended Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha and his team for the remarkable job done in rooting out the evils of corruption.
Describing Jammu and Kashmir as the pride of every Indian, the Prime Minister said, “It is time to let go of old challenges and take full advantage of new opportunities.” He added that it is necessary to work with a new approach and new thinking for rapid development.
He said this decade of the 21st century is the most important decade in the history of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Jammu and Kashmir is the pride of every Indian. Together we must take Jammu and Kashmir to new heights,” he said.
Congratulating 3000 youths who have received appointment letters to work in government in 20 different locations in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said these youths will have the opportunity to serve in various departments such as PWD, Department of Health, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Livestock, Jal Shakti, and Education-Culture.
“Preparations are in full swing to distribute more than 700 appointment letters to other departments in the coming days,” he said, adding that the government is committed to reaping development benefits in the same way. for all sections and all citizens.
Referring to a record increase in the number of tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said that the tourism sector in Jammu and Kashmir has received a boost due to infrastructural developments and increased connectivity .
“We strive for the benefits of government programs to reach all sections of society without any discrimination,” he noted and said the pace at which work is being done on development-related projects will transform the whole world. economy of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also informed that efforts are underway to strengthen the health and education infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir with the opening of two new AIIMS, seven new medical colleges, two state institutes against cancer and 15 nursing colleges.
He said efforts were underway to improve connectivity in Kashmir by trains.
“The youths of Jammu and Kashmir were coming forward in large numbers for the development of their UT and their people. It is our youths who will write a new history of development in Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi said.
He said 30,000 people have been recruited for various government jobs since 2019 and almost 20,000 of these positions have been filled in the past year and a half alone.
The Prime Minister said that the entire administration team of Jammu and Kashmir especially Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and his team must be credited for this commendable work.
“The mantra of ‘Yogyata Se Rozgar’ (employ with skill), which the team has followed, instills new confidence in J&K’s youth,” Modi said.
Referring to several measures taken by the central government to promote employment and self-employment, he said job fairs held in different parts of the country from October 22 will see more than 10 lakh appointment letters be allocated by the central government in the next few months.
As various states like Jammu and Kashmir are also associated with this campaign, this number will further increase, he added.
“To increase employment in Jammu and Kashmir, we have also expanded the business environment here. Our new Industrial Policy and Enterprise Reform Action Plan has paved the way to making it easier to do business. It has given a tremendous boost to investments here,” Modi said.
With increasing investment in Jammu and Kashmir, new employment opportunities are being created for young people and the pace at which work is done on development related projects will change the whole economy here, a said Modi.
He further said that work was underway at a rapid pace for train connectivity to Kashmir, while international flights from Srinagar to Sharjah have already started.
“Flights started from Jammu and Kashmir even at night. Farmers here have also benefited greatly from the growing connectivity. It is now easier for apple growers in Jammu and Kashmir to send their products outside,” Modi said.
“The way the government is working to promote drone transport, fruit farmers here are also going to get special help,” he said.
Modi said the way new employment and self-employment opportunities have opened up across the Union territory no one could have imagined a few years ago.
“We strive to ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach all sections of society without any discrimination. We are committed to bringing the same benefits of development to all sections, to all people.
“With this holistic development model, along with government jobs, other employment options are also being prepared,” he said.
Speaking on how the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always emphasized and valued transparency, Modi urged young people entering government services to make it a priority.
“It is the responsibility of the young people who are now part of the J&K government to give new energy to the efforts of transparency and honest governance by becoming true companions of Manoj Sinha,” the Prime Minister said.
He confidently noted that the young people who receive the letters of appointment today will carry out their responsibilities with total dedication.