Ravinder Sharma (MLC) & Chief Spokesperson J&K Pradesh Congress Committee has said that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendera Modi had nothing new to offer to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, except to endorse the approach of the Congress led UPA governments towards the developmental aspect of the state.
Mr. Sharma said that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendera Modi’s first visit to the state was expected to offer new initiatives especially towards the developmental projects in the pipeline but except for the ceremony to dedicate the projects initiated, funded and already completed during the Congress led regimes especially UPA-I and UPA-II, there was nothing which has been offered to the people especially youth of the state.
He said that the process of connecting various parts of Jammu and Kashmir including Udhampur were initiated during regime of Smt Indira Gandhi and thereafter it was further extended and expedited to Katra , Banihal and Baramulla by successive Congress led governments, to bring the people of Jammu and Kashmir closer to the rest of the country through railway and better road communication. The Udhampur-Katra project was initially to the tune of about rupees 190 corers but has been completed in more than 1100 corers because of liberal funding of UPA-I and II. Regrettably this acknowledgement of facts did not find mention during the formal ceremony.
The massive developmental activities in term of railway and road connectivity and other infrastructure growth in three regions of the state, in multi-sectoral sphere, because of the vision and massive financial support of Congress led governments-UPA-I and II, is a record and the Prime Minister has endorsed the approach of the Congress led governments at the centre on the developmental aspects of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sharma said that people of Rajouri-Poonch were expecting to hear from Prime Minister about expediting the early taking up of the formal work on the already surveyed Jammu-Poonch railway project costing rupees 13612.81 corers. However, they were dismayed for not finding any mention of this important project, by the Prime Minister, during his visit.