‘Dev projects hold key for lasting peace in JK’
Senior BJP leader and Union MoS PMO Jitendra Singh Thursday said normalcy would return to the state very soon and maintained that developmental projects hold the key for lasting peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Growth cannot be hampered. The peace and development share a reciprocal relation. If one gets hampered the other also stops but for lasting peace in the state, the development is the key,” Singh told media persons after inauguration of MUDRA schemes promotional campaign at SKICC, here.
He said that developmental projects hold the key for lasting peace in J&K and the economic reforms would continue unabated and expeditiously in the state.
In response to a question on dialogue, Singh said his interaction with the people here or anywhere in the state is also part of the dialogue process. “We undermine ourselves when we don’t consider all of us as stakeholders. We all are the main stakeholders here.”
Earlier while speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Singh said 19 students of the state, who had qualified for the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) last year had told him how they braved the firing guns in their respective districts and made it to the coveted institutions.
“People of the state are more talented than their counterparts in other parts of the country. Kashmir has witnessed toppers in the IAS exams. We need to introspect as to where the faults lie even after having such a great pool of talent,” he said.
Singh claimed that India was waiting for Narendra Modi to become Prime Minister because it was only after his coming to power that priority of the political dispensation has changed for working for the poor.
He claimed that in past 70 years since India’s independence, the focus of the governments was only the corporates while the marginalized poor were deprived of the basic resources.
He quoted Prime Minister Modi saying on the oath-taking day that “his government is dedicated to the poorest of the poor”.
“It is now vindicated by the schemes like Mudra, which provide guarantee free loans to the young budding entrepreneurs including the small-time businessmen,” Singh said.
He said schemes like Mudra reflect the sensitivity of the Government towards the need for a behavioral shift that is required of the people to inculcate certain values for sustainable progress. “We believe these schemes will usher a change in mindset of people in general from seeking employment to self-employment and then towards job-providing”.
He further said technology is also being leveraged to expedite the economic progress. “We also need to be innovative in our approach at the level of State Government. We have unexplored resources within the state. He said that the first thing we need to do is to assess the skill-profile required to explore and exploit these local resources. Then only can we properly train the human resource available and leverage the whole process for the overall development of the state.”
On demonetisation, MoS PMO said people believed that demonetization was for betterment of the country and that is why they thronged the lines patiently. “Even though Uttar Pradesh election was two months away, Modi took the decision, which no politician could dare to take.”
He said the geo-tagging of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and implementation of the Goods and Services Act (GST) along with various other schemes could only be achieved under the Modi-led government because earlier governments lacked the vision and bold leadership.
According to him, the fate of next general elections would be decided by the youth as more than 50 percent population is below 40 years of age.
“PM Modi wants development of all regions of India because higher Gross Domestic Product rate of Maharashtra cannot supplement for the lower levels here in J&K,” he said.
Later, Singh, J&K Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu and J&K Bank chairman Parvez Ahmed along with other officials visited the stalls set up by the participating banks, insurance companies and other agencies including UIDAI, SIDBI, NPC (National Payments Corporation), JKEDI, Tourism Department, Horticulture and Handloom.
Earlier, a short film was screened on the Mudra scheme and how it is going to change the culture of entrepreneurship across the country. The J&K Bank also showcased some success stories of the scheme from Kashmir Valley. On the occasion, sanction letters for loans availed under Mudra for various entrepreneurial ventures were handed out to the aspirants by Drabu and Singh.