Kashmir back on development track with central assistance, Azad

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Srinagar, Oct 30 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad acknowledged that the generous central assistance has helped the state implement all programmes under Bharat Nirman across the state.

However, he said the results will be visible in due course of time as the development process takes its own time. Without naming politicians, he criticised those who were raising mere slogans rather then contributing in the development of the state.

Stressing the need for people for their over all involvement in the implementation of all the central welfare schemes, Mr Azad said it can ensure a prosperous India.

The Chief Minister said the flagship programmes like National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadhak Yojna, Sarve Shiksha Abhiyan, Mid Day Meal Scheme and National Rural Health Mission can ensure that all the basic facilities are available to the rural population all over India.

He said present central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given top most priority to the welfare of common man and all these schemes have been devised with that objective.

He referred to the measures the state government has taken in the last two years to step up the development process and said in current era of competition it is necessary we keep pace with other parts of the country and world.

He lamented that in Kashmir slogans has been a priority rather than actual development but he said it is necessary we prefer development over hollow slogans.

He said under Bharat Nirman hundred per cent connectivity of villages with telephone in the district has been achieved and he was happy to note that.

The Chief Minister lauded Press Information Bureau (PIB) for launching the first ever Public Information Campaign in Kashmir valley and hoped that the campaign will give a flip to the developmental process in the district.

UNI

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