‘Mahanal to be developed as pilgrim tourism destination;’
Dr Singh for early completion of Rs 47 cr Jathana Bridge
JAMMU, JANUARY 01: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today has said the initiatives announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would go a long way in providing succor to the urban poor, senior citizens and women besides accelerating economic and industrial growth in the country.
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing an impressive gathering at Mahanal in Kathua district here today after paying obeisance at Aapshambu.
Senior political leader, Ms Mamta Singh, prominent citizens and senior officers of administration were present on the occasion.
While referring to the announcements made by the Prime Minister on eve of the New Year in his address to the nation, the Deputy Chief Minister said the hike in Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojna (PMAY) by 33 percent would ensure that the housing needs of urban poor are addressed to a large extent. He said 3 crore Kissan Credit Cards would also be converted into Rupay Cards which would give the freedom to the farmers to withdraw money or subscribe to any service without visiting the banks thereby saving their time and ensuring hassle-free services.
“NABARD funding which was to the tune of Rs 21000 crore is also being increased by additional Rs 2000 crore so that the Agriculture related activities would get the required fillip. Similarly, the farmers who have taken loans from Central Cooperative Banks will get grace period for interest for first sixty days which would be borne by the government”, the Deputy Chief Minister said and maintained that 3 percent subvention on interest rate would be given on home renovation loans up to 2 lakh in the villages.
While referring to the initiatives announced by the Prime Minister for the industrial sector, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the Credit guarantee for micro, small and medium enterprises will be raised from Rs 1 crore to Rs 2 crore. He said another important initiative announced by the Prime Minister is the provision of putting Rs 6000 in the accounts of pregnant women in 650 districts for vaccination and other medical uses.
Dr Singh said similarly 3 and 4 percent subvention on the interest rate has also been announced on the home loans of an amount of Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh respectively which would largely benefit the urban poor. He said in order to benefit the senior citizens the interest rate on their saving up to Rs 7.5 lakh has been increased to 8 percent.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the initiatives undertaken by the Prime Minister for curbing corruption and bringing back the money which was outside the mainstream are revolutionary and we should all contribute our bit by supporting and strengthening these initiatives.
It is pertinent to mention that huge rush of people is witnessed at Aapshambu in Mahanal during 1stJanuary and on Mahashivratri in which devotees from different areas, states come to pay their obeisance.
The Deputy Chief Minister while interacting with the management committee assured that he would take up the issues of road connectivity and other related things with the concerned so that the devotees do not face any inconvenience. He said the area of Mahanal would also be developed under the pilgrimage tourism and necessary and requisite infra would also be constructed.
Later, Dr Singh inspected the pace of work on Rs 47 crore 532 meter span bridge being constructed by JKPCC, which would connect 10 Panchayats of Billawar-Basohli areas.
The Deputy Chief Minister while asking the officers to fast pace the work on the bridge said that it was a decade’s long pending demand of the people of the area and was recently taken up by the present government, which believes in providing the people better facilities of connectivity, amenities and other related things. He said that a comprehensive programme has been taken for developing the rural and far flung areas of the State.
Dr Singh along with BJP senior leader, Ms Mamta Singh also paid obeisance at Jasrota Mata Temple.