GoI committed to equitable, fast-track development of JK: R K Singh

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Union Minister of State for Power, New & Renewable Energy, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Raj Kumar Singh today reiterated the commitment of the central government to ensure equitable and fast-track development projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Union Minister was addressing a public outreach programme here along with Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar.

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The programme was attended by M Raju Secretary PDD, Yasha Mudgal MD JPDCL; Dr Sagar D Doifode, DDC Doda; SSP Doda Mumtaz Ahmed, Chief Engineers; BDC Chairmans, President MC Doda, Sarpanches, Panches, Ex-Legislators besides a large number of people.

In his address, the Union Minister said that central government aims at long-term initiatives for the equitable and sustainable development of Jammu and Kashmir. He said emphasis will be laid on raising the living standards of the people of every community.

He asked the people present during the programme to avail the benefits of various centrally sponsored schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PM-KISSAN, PMAY etc, besides directed the concerned to achieve 100%coverage under all the welfare programmes of the government.

During the programme, achievements like 100% implementation of DDUGJY and PMDP(R) in 252 villages of Jammu besides issuance of 42,000 KCC cards, issuance of soil health cards, effective implementation of PM-KISSAN in the district were highlighted.

Addressing the gathering, Advisor Bhatnagar appreciated the district administration for carrying out various welfare programmes successfully. He also ensured that the demands raised during the programme will be looked into and addressed accordingly.

The Advisor also highlighted the importance of Back to Village programme in addressing the basic issues of the people of rural areas at their door-steps.

Later, the Union Minister along with Advisor Bhatnagar inaugurated various stalls of line departments exhibiting their products and schemes to sensitize people of the area.

Earlier, the Union Minister laid foundation stone of various mega projects of power department. The projects whose foundation was laid included construction of 2×50 MVA, 220/33KV Grid station Nagrota, construction of 6.3MVA,33/11KV, Receiving station at Shazadpur Jammu under IPDS, construction of 2×10 MVA,33KV, Receiving station at Narandi Jammu under PMDP-U.

The Union Minister also e-inaugurated water sports centre at Pul Doda, up-gradation of electrical infrastructure of 12 Shrines in Jammu region, and augmented transformation capacity from 50MVA -100MVA at 132/33KV Grid station Pounichak in district Jammu.

The projects were inaugurated in presence of Advisor Bhatnagar, M Raju Secretary PDD, Yasha Mudgal MD JPDCL, and DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode.

At the outset, DDC Doda Dr Sagar D Doifode presented a detailed report of progress on various developmental projects in the district under various heads like district plan, languishing projects, and Back to Village programme. He also informed about various district level initiatives like Zimedari project, Conduct of Free coaching classes etc.