Srinagar, Feb 23 (UNI) Once the hub of militants, the Bungus valley in the frontier district of Kupwara will be developed into a tourist destination, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has said.
He said Kupwara, which has also been selected for the National Employment Guarantee Programme (NEGP) is one of the most beautiful places in the state but it has not been developed up to its potential.
The Bungus Valley, a great tourist attraction, will be brought on the tourist map, he said, adding he would himself visit the area and assess the requirement of the basic infrastructure for tourism.
He said tourism being the mainstay of the economy could open many employment opportunities for the people as the district possesses plenty of tourism potential.
He said in order to create abundant wage employment and public infrastructure in the district government has selected Kupwara one of the three districts of the state, where NEGP has been launched to ensure 100 days of wage employment to each rural family every year living within the five km of the project to be launched for development under the scheme.
The Chief Minister said police, the BSF and the CRPF have been asked to explore the possibilities for launching recruitment drives in the district.
He said 54 assistant surgeons will be posted on vacant posts within a couple of days in various health institutions of the district.
All the district hospitals would be equipped with better medicare facilities so that the patients of the far-flung areas do not have to come to Srinagar for health check-ups, he added.
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