Modi inaugurates projects in Jammu and Kashmir

Leh, Feb 3 : Inaugurating a number of projects worth Rs 9,000 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the speed with which the government was working was proof that it did not believe in the culture of delays.

“Our government believes in working faster. The country has left behind the culture of delays. In the next five years, I want to rid the country completely of this culture of delays. Whatever project we begin, we try our level best to finish it within the stipulated time,” he said as he arrived on Sunday on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir. .

“With the inauguration of the projects, the connectivity of this region will improve, tourism in Ladakh will increase and employment opportunities will also increase,” Modi said.

The PM also announced the opening of five new trekking routes. “These routes will allow you to enjoy your journey,” he said.

After greeting the audience in Ladakhi, Modi said: “The warmth of your reception has relieved the little cold I felt when I landed here today.

“After 10 months, I am amongst you again. I feel humbled by the love and affection of the Ladakhi people.

The Prime Minister said that over three lakh tourists visited Leh during the last year and around a lakh also travelled to the Kargil district during that period.

“This figure is around half the total number of tourists who visited the Kashmir Valley last year. Tourism in Ladakh will reach new heights in the coming years and I promise that,” Modi said

“Over 40 per cent of your population is compromised of students and your longstanding demand for setting up a university here is being fulfilled today.

The Prime Minister is slated to lay the foundation stones for developmental projects worth Rs 35,000 crore.
Modi,in one of his previous visits to the state had said he has a vision of Jammu and Kashmir where he sees “books instead of guns in the hands of the young boys and girls.”

Talking about the recently announced farmer welfare scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the prime minister said that the benefits of the scheme will reach the farmers in Leh-Ladakh region.

“The government has decided that farmers who have less than five acres of land will get money in their bank accounts directly every year,” said PM Modi.

In the Interim Budget 2019, Goyal has set aside Rs 75,000 crore towards the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, under which farmers holding upto two hectares will get Rs 6,000 as assured income support every year.

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