12:40 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced a Rs.80,000 crore economic package for the development of Jammu and Kashmir.
As soon as Modi made the announcement, the large gathering of people who had come to hear him broke into a joyous rapture at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium.
Announcing the much awaited economic package that will cover relief for 2014 flood victims, farmers, businessmen, tourism, youth employment and infrastructure in the state, Modi said: “This is not the end, but the beginning.”
“Not only Delhi’s treasures, but Delhi’s ‘Dil’ (heart) is always for the people of Kashmir”, Modi said.
Modi also said that he wanted to make Kashmir a dream destination for tourists.
He addressed a public rally during his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
He said that in the past, when people had some money, they wanted to visit Kashmir. He added that he wanted to bring back those glorious days.
“Love for Kashmir draws me here. Kashmir has suffered a lot over the years. I felt the pain of flood victims,” the prime minister said.
Stressing on the development of Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said: “We will spend Rs.34,000 crore on Jammu-Srinagar Highway. It will cut the journey time from 12 hours to three-and-a-half hours.”
“Without Kashmiriyat, India is incomplete. This is the land that gave birth to Sufism, which taught us to bring everyone together,” Modi said, adding that solution of all our problems lies in the employment of the youth.
“We must also provide employment opportunity for the youths in the valley and Ladakh region.”
Excerpts from Modi Speech:
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Solution to every problem of ours is in providing employment to the youth: PM Narendra Modi
India is incomplete without Kashmir: Modi
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Modi arrives in Kashmir; around 20,000 people present at Modi Rally
12:02 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir during which he will address a public rally.
A special aircraft carrying the prime minister landed at Srinagar International Airport around 11.20 a.m. PM Modi in Srinagar
Modi was flown in an army helicopter to the Badami Bagh Cantonment helipad from where he reached the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium in a special cavalcade. PM Modi in Srinagar
Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, senior ministers of the ruling PDP-BJP government, senior civil and army officers received Modi at the airport.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is accompanying Modi, while Minister of State PMO Jitendra Singh, who arrived here on Friday, was among those who received Modi at the airport. PM Modi in Srinagar
A large crowd of men, women and children have gathered at the venue where Modi will address the rally.
This is Modi’s first visit to the valley after the Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition took power in the state on March 1 this year.
Modi is expected to announce a Rs.90,000 crore economic package for the state.
PM’s first visit since PJP-PDP Alliance
MLA Rashid arrested for holding a Black Balloon Rally ahead of PM Visit: Jammu and Kashmir lawmaker Engineer Rashid was detained in Srinagar this morning for holding a black balloon march near the Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally.
Independent Langate MLA who faced dire criticism from political pundits earlier last month for hostinh a beef party in MLA hostel Kashmir when the issue on Beef Ban had grabbed fire in the state. A few days later in Delhi, he was also attacked with ink.
Mobile internet services suspended in Kashmir
Srinagar: Mobile internet services across the valley were suspended on Saturday, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir.
The service providers received queries as the mobile internet services suddenly stopped working.
The internet services were suspended as a security precaution, a top intelligence agency source told Media Sources.
“The services will remain suspended till the prime minister’s rally ends in Srinagar,” the source said.
Meanwhile independent legislator Engineer Rashid was detained in Srinagar after he staged a protest against Modi’s visit.
“Go back! Modi, go back,” Engineer Rashid shouted when police took him in preventive detention in Jawahar Nagar locality of the city.