Basic amenities to all J&K villages by 2012


Setting a deadline for providing all basic amenities to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that by the end of  2012, all villages of would be provided with  road connectivity, electricity, drinking water and telecommunication. He said funds for all these services would be provided by the Central government.


Mr. Azad was addressing a mammoth public meeting at Banihal today.

Mr. Azad said the Union government has already launched various people-friendly schemes for the welfare of the masses, especially for those living in rural areas. He said under the health sector, stress has been laid to upgrade basic infrastructure in peripheral areas. He assured that further improvement will be brought in the healthcare facilities in rural areas.

The Union Minister said during the current financial year, Centre has earmarked Rs. 300 crore for construction of roads in Ramban and Kishtwar districts. Similarly, Rs. 11.50 crore would be spent for commissioning of new water supply schemes and Rs. 4.25 crore will be utilized on construction of a community hall, lanes and drains in Banihal town. He said funds are not a constraint and liberal funding will be ensured to the State government.

The Minister also distributed cheques among 57 beneficiaries for construction of homes as first installment under Urban Housing Scheme. He also distributed Rs. 24 lakh among 21 militancy-affected victims under SRO-43.

Reiterating the government resolve to provide basic amenities particularly healthcare, road connectivity, drinking water and telecommunication to the people the Union Minister for Health, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that primary and secondary health services & necessary infrastructure would be upgraded on modern lines in all the districts of the State.

            Mr. Azad was addressing a mammoth public gathering at Dumhall, Anantnag today, organized to felicitate the Central Minister on his induction into the Union Cabinet. Amidst unprecedented reception accorded to the Union Health Minister, the people of the area endorsed the bold and revolutionary steps taken by Mr. Azad during his tenure as Chief Minister of the State.

            Tracing his ancestral roots Mr. Azad said that his great grandfather had migrated from the Valley of Breng to district Doda, around 150 years ago. He said that the people of the two areas shared same culture, tradition and history.

            While elaborating on his Chief Ministerial tenure, Mr. Azad said that  a new era of development and prosperity ushered in the State during the period. He said that the work was done not only in double shifts but all the government machinery including himself put three fourth of his time in executing developmental works.

            Referring to the construction of Haj House, State Museum, Tulip Garden and Assembly Complex, Mr. Azad termed them as landmarks in the developmental history of the State. He said the facilities in the State Haj House especially easy custom and immigration facilities were unique in the country.

            Mentioning the Health infrastructure created in the State, the former Chief Minister said that out of the 30 districts and sub district hospitals taken on board for execution, 11 were completed during the first year of his tenure as Chief Minister of the State, six would be completed by end of the June this year while the remaining would be completed by the end of this year. He said that Centre would provide liberal financial assistance for purchase of medicines and equipments for the health institutions of the state.

            Mr. Azad lauded Madam Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for providing liberal provision of funds for execution of developments works in the state. He assured the people of the area that the first camp for providing artificial limbs to the physically handicapped people would be organized at Kokernag and said that such camps will be organized in all the districts of the State.

            Minister for Education and Public Enterprises, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed earlier while welcoming the Union Health Minister said that Azad is not only a great visionary but also a real well wisher of the people of the State. He said that frequent strikes affected the educational career of the students and the poor people of the State. He emphasized for containing the  unemployment and ameliorating the sufferings of the people.

           Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma, legislators, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Abdul Majid Wani, Vikar Rasool Banihali, Union Joint Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Amarjeet Sinha, Advisor, Ayurveda, GoI, Dr. S. K.Sharma and local Congress leaders were present on the occasion.