In his visit to Palli village of Jammu on Sunday, Prime minister Narendra Modi flagged of several developmental projects worth over Rs 20,000 crores. Addressing all Gram Sabhas across the nation on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day, the Prime Minister said that it is a matter of great pride that democracy has reached the grassroot level in the union territory.
“This year’s Panchayati Raj Day, being celebrated in J&K marks a big change. It is a matter of great pride that when democracy has reached the grassroot level in J&K, I am interacting with you all from here,” the Modi said.
Top business leaders from the UAE are accompanying the PM on his visit, underlining the backing of industrialists and investors from a leading Islamic block as the BJP government seeks to pitch a new phase for J&K post-Article 370. Besides, the PM’s address, from Samba bordering Pakistan, coincides with the National Panchayati Raj Day, and will see participation of members of rural local bodies from across the state as a projection of grassroots democracy in the state. UAE firms are expected to propose investments amounting to over Rs 3,000 crore – a first for J&K’s infrastructure development.