New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today reviewed various developmental projects of J&K at a meeting here and said all-round development and welfare of the people of the Union Territory are the top priorities of the Modi government.
Talking about the motto of “Development with Transparency”, Shah said 90 percent of the Central Government’s schemes had reached J&K, an official release said.
At the meeting, attended by J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and top officials of the Centre and state, the Home Minister pressed for speedy completion of the Prime Minister’s development package, flagship and iconic projects and industrial development projects.
Shah issued directions for ensuring that the benefits of the refugee package reach all the refugees from PoJK, West Pakistan and those who had to migrate from Kashmir to Jammu at the earliest, the release said.
He underlined the need for completion of many other development schemes including the Prime Minister’s Development Package, industrial development projects at a fast pace.
He also directed starting of the 3000 MW Pakal Dul and Keeru hydroelectric projects and fast tracking other 3300 MW projects, the release said.
For strengthening of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, Shah directed officials to immediately organize training for the members, making proper sitting arrangements for them and providing equipment and other resources to the personnel for smooth functioning of these bodies.
Along with this, he also directed the Panchayat members to visit various parts of the country, so that they can get information about the working of developed Panchayats of the country, the release said.
The Union Home Minister also stressed on increasing the scope of MGNREGA to provide employment to more and more people.
At the same time, he spoke about the use of modern techniques in agriculture to increase the income of the farmers and to set up at least one agro-based industry in each district.
He also said that work should be done to increase the quality and density of apple production in Jammu and Kashmir, so that apple growers will receive maximum price for the crop.
The Union Home Minister directed the Jammu and Kashmir administration to ensure that all farmers are provided benefits of schemes being implemented for farmers, such as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana, under which Rs. 6000/- is deposited annually directly into the accounts of farmers and Kisan Credit Card Yojna, etc.
The Union Home Minister also stressed that it should be ensured that the benefits of the industrial policy reach small scale industries.
He appreciated efforts for providing employment to youth and institutional reforms like geo-tagging of all development works that are put in public domain, purchasing through Government e-Marketplace (GeM) and direct deposit of money into bank accounts of almost hundred percent beneficiaries of Gram Swaraj, social security and other individual beneficiary schemes.