JK will become self-sufficient and the region’s major export hub in the years to come: Union Minister
Srinagar, September 23: Union Heavy Industries Minister Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey said on Thursday that Jammu and Kashmir will become self-sufficient and a major export center for the region in the years to come.
“The current Jammu and Kashmir UT waiver under the leadership of Lt. Gov. Manoj Sinha has taken new initiatives to attract investors, as well as supportive central government efforts that will not only limit J&K to becoming self-sufficient, but also a great export hub for the region in years to come, ”he said addressing the public as part of the public outreach program underway at Sodhi Resorts, Barnoti in Kathua today.
He pinned down the hope that the Kathua district, due to its existing pleasant infrastructure and topographical advantage, will become a major center of industrial growth in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Minister practically inaugurated five executed projects with an estimated cost of Rs 25.59 Cr including two PWD roads and one PMGSY road, a Drug Ware House of Health department as well as a common facilities center of the SIDCO Ghatti industrial complex. It also laid the groundwork for two improved water supply systems in Jal Shakti County to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.96 Cr.
He also handed over five tractors to beneficiaries who received a grant of Rs two lakh under the agricultural mechanization program of the Ministry of Agriculture. He also handed over nineteen corn mockers to the Panchayat chiefs of different blocks in the district.
Pandey also delivered a sanction letter to the recipient of the Horticulture Department’s SMAM program under which the farmer purchases several agricultural implements / implements to establish an agricultural machinery bank.
The Minister also handed out booklets to parents of beneficiaries of the Laadli Beti program and teenage tracksuits.
He also presented an education aid check of Rs 10.15 lac to wards of construction workers registered through the Ministry of Labor. He also handed over death assistance in the amount of Rs 2.05 each to two close relatives of deceased registered construction workers.
Pandey also inspected the stalls of different departments displaying products, drawings and other exhibits from different government departments and local industrial units.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of participating departments to present their exhibits in a visitor-friendly manner.
Referring to the initiative to open two AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu, the minister said that opening these institutions as well as new government medical colleges in the district would give a boost to the medical infrastructure in more saving people time and money who will get better medical facilities in Jammu and Kashmir.
He said programs like Mumkin are being launched as a result of government efforts to inspire young people to take advantage of self-employment opportunities.
“The Kathua district housing large and small industrial units has a huge extent of its extension which will pave the way for employment for the locals,” added the minister.
Referring to initiatives to open the Rs 500 cr biotech park project in Kathua, the minister said the central government would extend all possible assistance to develop industries in Jammu and Kashmir so that the economic achievements of the ‘UT are reaching new heights.
The minister said that the central government is making efforts to boost manufacturing in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatamnirbhar Bharat vision.
While remembering Mahajraja Hari Singh, the Union Minister said that the efforts of the central government to align Jammu and Kashmir with the general development of the country will be a great tribute to him.
Earlier, during his visit to the SIDCO industrial center in Ghatti, the minister inspected newly built assets developed on modern lines to attract industries to Jammu and Kashmir. The minister also planted a sapling in the SIDCO office complex.
The Minister of Heavy Industries also inspected the Chenab Textile Mills unit in the Kathua industrial zone and gave a brief account of its operations and functioning.