Foreign investors are welcome to setup economic ventures in J&K: Sadhotra
SRINAGAR : Minister for Planning and Development, Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra expressed his great desire to foreign investment in Jammu and Kashmir State, however, he said restoration of peace and tranquillity is imperative for which State Government is making all out efforts since last many years, adding that presently State is witnessing peace and progress to a large extent.
The Minister was interacting with a delegation of European Union Heads of Mission, who called on him yesterday evening.
Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma, Commissioner Secretary Planning and Development, B. A. Runiyal, Special Secretary, Planning and Development, Director Project Appraisal, Planning and Development, Director Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Planning and Development, Director, perspective Planning, CEO, construction workers welfare Board, Syed Muried Hussain and Additional Secretary Planning and Development were present in the meeting.
Deliberating upon the activities of State Government, Mr. Sadhotra said that State Government kick-started reconstruction of damaged infrastructure including bridges, schools hospitals and other vital institutions. Besides Government laid thrust on setting up of new power generation units and restoring existing power houses of the State, he added.
The Minister dwelt upon the steps taken for prioritizing education and health care and said that these two sectors were given importance in view of their significance for improving the lot of people.
Mr. Sadhotra also spoke about the success story of Horticulture, Agriculture, Handicrafts and Handlooms which received boost during last 5 years of present Government, adding that diary units, Animal and Sheep rearing were also among the priorities of the Government so that growth rate per capita would increase and people would feel a sense of belonging by stepping into the era of progress and prosperity.
Speaking about the steps taken by Government for solving unemployment problem, Mr. Sadhotra said that several new initiatives were taken to provide dignified and honourable livelihood to unemployed youth which include launch of Sher-i-Kashmir Employment welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY), Self-Employment programme skill development scheme and many other significant schemes.
Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B. R Sharma cited examples of a various foreign investors who have contributed in the generation of hydroelectric power, and cooperated in other important projects including roads and railways particularly various tunnel projects.