Invoking Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s vision of Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriat for development of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said development alone was the answer to all problems.
“Whether it is Kashmir or Kanyakumari, Kutch or Kamrup, balanced and all-round development is the answer to all our problems,” Modi told a public rally after inaugurating a super specialty hospital and a sports stadium in Kakryal. “The country needs modern infrastructure, schools, colleges, roads, power and development to improve normal life.”
Referring to the Rs 80,000-crore package announced for development of Jammu and Kashmir when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was chief minister, Modi said the Centre, with all its resources, was moving forward “shoulder-to-shoulder” with the state government to fulfil aspirations.
“People of the state have lot of love and affection for Atal Bihari Vajpayee who used to talk about taking Jammu and Kashmir forward on the pillars of Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriat. We have to fulfil his dream by taking everybody along and ensuring development of all,” he said.
He hoped the formation of the new government “led by a young and energetic leadership will usher in a new era of development” across the state.
“Mehboobaji does not talk about weather. She always talks about bridges, roads and development. When the leadership is so dedicated to the cause of development, then development becomes imminent,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir, he said, can do a great service to the country with tourism. “When a tourist from anywhere in the world comes here, it does not only improve the economy of the state but the entire country. We can take initiatives to improve tourism in Jammu and Kashmir with modernisation, adventure and spiritual tourism.”
Governments in the state and the Centre, he said, were committed to the creation of a modern infrastructure for tourism in the state. He said work on a rail link and road between Jammu and Srinagar was progressing at a fast pace.
“This is going to bring pleasant results in the coming days… we will get connected up to Leh in Ladakh. I believe this will compel visiting pilgrims (to Vaishno Devi) to make up their mind and travel to this side (Valley).”
Referring to his morning meeting with students at a convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board University, the Prime Minister said that very few people in India are aware that students from all states of the country study and live in Jammu and Kashmir. “This in itself is an identity of Jammu and Kashmir, which gives strength and a sense of pride to the country.”
“Whenever a Kashmiri youth shines in the Indian cricket team, the country feels proud,” he said, adding that the FIFA Under-17 World Cup football will be played in India in 2017. “The event will be an opportunity to bring new strength and courage among the youth of India. Though our position in football is not so good, we shall adopt this game in such a way that it creates an atmosphere for the world to see the strength and unity in diversity of the Indian youth.”
His remarks come in the the wake of the unrest in NIT-Srinagar which has made several non-local students leave the Valley. There is also tension in Rajouri following a clash between non-Kashmiri and Kashmiri students of the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University.
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