JAMMU: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the “discriminatory” Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was scrapped because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal efforts to fulfill the dream of Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. was given.
In his first public rally in Jammu and Kashmir after the August 2019 revocation of the special status, Shah said Modi restored democracy at the grassroots and ushered in a new phase of development in Jammu and Kashmir, where lakhs of people Faced injustice under the guise of Article 370.
“After a long hiatus, I have come to visit my brothers and sisters in Jammu. I was a bit stressed due to bad weather and was not sure to meet you. But with the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, the sun came out. And we were together Come,” the home minister said at a public rally here. Shah’s scheduled public meeting was affected by heavy rains on Saturday. However, the improvement in weather allowed the rally to go ahead and it was attended by thousands of people who raised their voices. BJP supporters raised slogans.
“Today is the birth anniversary of Pandit Prem Nath Dogra, a leader of Jammu and Kashmir, who along with Mookerjee worked for complete integration of the state with India by raising the slogan ‘Ek Nishan, Ek Vidhan Aur Ek Pradhan’.” The minister said.
He said, “On August 5, 2019, the Modi-led government took a historic decision and revoked the discriminatory Article 370, paving the way for the development of lakhs of people of Jammu and Kashmir who have faced injustice over the years.”
“It was our dream, Mukherjee and Dogra’s dream and we are happy that this dream was fulfilled in our lifetime and it was possible only because of Modi,” Shah said.
He said that for the first time in 70 years, the credit for establishing democracy at the grassroots level in Jammu and Kashmir goes to the BJP, which has successfully conducted the urban local body elections as well as the Panchayat, Block and District Development Council elections.
He said, “Anyone can become a minister and even the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The hills were being used as a vote bank, but they were not given proper representation. Now their representative also has There is a chance to become the chief minister.”
He said that the people who have suffered immensely and faced injustice due to the repeal of the controversial article, have been given their due rights.
“Now Sikhs, Mahajans, Khatris and others have got the right to buy and sell land. West Pakistani refugees, Gorkhas, Valmikis got citizenship rights and many other communities including Gujjars and Paharis got the right of reservation and Forest Act. Were deprived of the benefits of the Constitution. Got the benefits guaranteed by the Constitution,” he said, adding that women have also got their rights back with the abrogation of Article 370.
He said that various central laws were implemented in Jammu and Kashmir as the focus of the BJP government is to ensure the development and prosperity of every citizen of the Union Territory.
“Efforts are on to ensure gas connection along with electricity and water tap connections to every household.” He said that PM Modi sanctioned Rs 35,000 crore for completion of various hydroelectric projects, which shows his priority and love for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah referred to setting up of medical colleges, nursing training institutes and AIIMS and said that earlier 500 students used to complete MBBS degree, but now 2,000 students are pursuing medical courses in J&K with the approval of seven new colleges. Huh.
Referring to the inauguration of the new campus of IIT-Jammu, the Home Minister said that he was surprised to see such a beautiful campus.
He appreciated the efforts of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was present there along with Union Minister Jitendra Singh and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
Shah said he spoke to the directors of IITs, IIMs and AIIMS Jammu and asked them to set up a satellite campus for training local youth so that more of them can get admission in these institutions.
He said that he interacted with 35,000 youth seeking jobs, education and skill upgradation under various centrally sponsored schemes and expressed hope that their active participation would take Jammu and Kashmir to new heights.
The Home Minister also talked about various achievements under rail and road projects and said that the people of Jammu used to take their children to Delhi to enjoy Metro rides but “they don’t need to go there anymore because we Bringing Metro in Jammu and Kashmir. Within the next two years”.
He talked about the Delhi-Katra Expressway, Rs 700 crore sanctioned for a new airport and said that the government is also planning to set up helipads in all district headquarters to promote religious tourism.
Shah also praised the prime minister for his “successful campaign” against the coronavirus and said people were apprehensive about how India would deal with the situation after the outbreak of the pandemic, given the weak health infrastructure.
He said, “Modi fought the virus in the best possible way, which resulted in the least loss of lives.” Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir is the only place in the entire country where all the people are covered under Ayushman Bharat PM-Jai Sehat Yojana.