Time to leave old challenges, take advantage of new possibilities: PM Modi to J-K youth

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Stating that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always emphasised on transparency, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that time has come to leave the old challenges and take advantage of the new possibilities.

Modi was addressing Jammu and Kashmir Rozgar Mela via video message where 3000 appointment letters to work in the various government departments were handed over to youth across 20 different places in Union Territory.

Congratulating all three recipients of appointment letters, he informed that these youth will get opportunities to serve in various departments and preparations are in full swing to hand out more than 700 appointment letters in other departments in the coming days.

Throwing light on the significance of this decade of the 21st century in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, “Now is the time to leave the old challenges behind, and take full advantage of the new possibilities. I am happy that the youth are coming forward in large numbers for the development of their state and the people.”

PM Modi underlined that youth will write a new story of development in Jammu and Kashmir.

“For fast pace of development, we have to work with a new approach, with new thinking,” the PM said and informed that about thirty thousand government posts recruitments have been done since 2019, out of which, twenty thousand jobs have been handed out in the last one and a half years.

The Prime Minister appreciated the work done by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha and the state administration. “The mantra of ’employment through competence’ is instilling new confidence in the youth of the state”, Modi added.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the steps taken by the central government in the last eight years to promote employment and self-employment.

He informed that the government has expanded the scope of the business environment in the state to boost employment.

The Prime Minister further added that the new Industrial Policy and Business Reforms Action Plan has paved the way for Ease of Doing Business which has given a tremendous impetus to investment here.

“The pace at which work is being done on development-related projects will transform the entire economy here”, the Prime Minister added.

He gave examples of projects that boost connectivity to Kashmir from trains to international flights. The Prime Minister pointed out that international flights from Srinagar to Sharjah have already begun. He further added that farmers here have also benefited a great deal from increased connectivity as it is now easier for the apple farmers of Jammu and Kashmir to send their produce outside the state.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that the government is working towards promoting transport through drones.

Throwing light on the record increase in the number of tourists witnessed by Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister noted that the tourism sector in the state received a boost due to the infrastructural developments and increased connectivity. “It is our endeavour that the benefits of government schemes reach every section of society without any discrimination”, the Prime Minister remarked. He said that the government is committed to taking equal benefits of development to all sections and citizens.

The Prime Minister also informed that efforts are on to strengthen the health and education infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir with the opening of 02 new AIIMS, 07 new medical colleges, 02 state cancer institutes and 15 nursing colleges.

Speaking on how the people of Jammu and Kashmir have always emphasised and appreciated transparency, the Prime Minister urged the youth who are coming into government services to make it a priority. The Prime Minister recalled, “Whenever I used to meet the people of Jammu and Kashmir earlier, I always felt their pain. It was the pain of corruption in the system. People of J-K hate corruption.” The Prime Minister further praised the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and his team for the remarkable work done to uproot the evils of corruption.

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister remarked with assurance that the youth who are getting the appointment letter today will fulfil their responsibilities with full devotion and dedication. “Jammu and Kashmir is the pride of every Indian. Together we have to take Jammu and Kashmir to new heights. We also have a huge goal of a developed India of 2047 and to fulfil it we have to engage in nation-building with strong determination”, the Prime Minister concluded. (KNO)

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