The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs and Culture, Arjun Ram Meghwal said that in last three years Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has touched new heights of development and good governance.
The Minister said this while interacting with the media during a press briefing held at Dak Bungalow, Anantnag.
While addressing media here, the Union Minister said, “The mantra of development and good governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached new heights in Jammu and Kashmir which is evident at the ground level with the total implementation of all the Central Government Schemes.”
Meghwal said that the development and peace in J&K is touching new heights, which is evident from this year’s record number of the arrival of tourists.
“The tourist destinations are to be explored and developed so as to attract tourists not only from the country but around the world,” the Minister added.
The Minister further said that district Anantnag has many tourist attractions like the Martand Sun Temple and other sites which can be developed to become the best tourist destinations creating job opportunities for the local residents.
Praising ‘Sufism’ as a religious practice promoting peace and harmony, the Minister said that a national or international level of conference on Sufism is to be conducted in Jammu and Kashmir promoting peace and harmony.
The Minister also said that he has talked to Cement Corporation of India for the establishment of a cement industry at Anantnag as he has been informed about the good presence of limestone reserves in Anantnag. The establishment of a cement industry in this district will create employment opportunities for the youth, he added.
Saying that the policies and programmes of the Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi have revolutionary aspects in terms of development and good governance, the Minister said that the development model of this government can be judged from its social welfare schemes like Ayushman Bharat (Sehat Card) that provides cashless medical care to low income families which cannot afford the treatment.
Earlier during the day, the Minister also held a meeting with the Chairperson BDCs and Chairperson DDC and members, Sarpanchs, Presidents and members of various Municipal Councils of district Anantnag.
The elected representatives put their grievances before the Minister regarding implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes in district Anantnag like PMAY (Urban), Marriage Assistance Scheme, Ladli Beti, MGNREGA etc. to which the Minister assured putting them before the concerned departments for an early redressal.
Besides BDC Chairpersons, Sarpanchs, Presidents and members of Municipal Councils, the meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Basharat Qayoom, ADDC Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Wani, DDC Chairperson Anantnag, Mohammad Yousuf Gorsi, DDC Vice Chairperson, Advocate Javid Ahmad Sheikh and Chairman Municipal Council Anantnag, Hilal Ahmad Shah.