JAMMU -Coming down heavily on the parties trying to negate the achievements registered by the government in every sphere of life, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that they in a state of despondency and frustration are trying to create misgivings but the people of the state are aware of the work done by the present coalition and would give a befitting reply to them in near future..
The Minister was addressing a huge public gathering after laying the foundation stone of Model Village at Khimber in Srinagar district being constructed with an estimated cost of Rs. 1.12 crore by the Department of Rural Development. It will be having all the requisite facilities like Community Information Centre, play grounds and other allied things.
Director Rural Development, Kashmir, Mir Altaf Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Shah and other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion.
Referring to the Government’s initiative of constructing new model villages in every constituency of the state, the Minister said that this programme would ensure that the pace of development of various rural areas is speeded up, so that they come up at par with the urban ones.
“The historic step of creating new administrative units by the government in different parts of the state would ensure fast paced development of these areas, certain parties are trying to mislead the masses but the people of the state are wise enough to understand their mechanizations and history stands testimony to the fact that these forces have always preferred their personal interests and agenda over those of state”, the Minister maintained.
Mr. Sagar said that the government has ensured overall development of all the regions of the state on equitable basis and in this regard several flagship schemes have been introduced which have been responsible for changing the socio-economic profile of the people living in these areas, besides providing much needed job opportunities to them at their doorsteps.
“The government has initiated several flagship schemes for tackling un-employment and providing the employment avenues to the youth of the state. Under UDAAN, HIMAYAT jobs have been provided to around 17,000 youth in various nationalized banks and 70, 000 more jobs would be provided in the near future. Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) has also been set up whereby the youth can set up their own income generating units”, Mr. Sagar maintained.