The Telegraph
Saturday , November 7 , 2015

Modi announces Rs 80,000cr deal for J&K, says more to follow

Srinagar, Nov. 7 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a package of Rs 80,000 crore for Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday, and pledged to transform it into a new, modern, progressive and prosperous state for which there will be no dearth of money.

Recalling former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s words  ”Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat aur Insaniyat’, Modi said, “I will like to follow these three mantras which are the pillars of development of Kashmir.” Vajpayee had referred to the social consciousness and cultural values of Kashmiris, democracy, and humanity.

”I don't need advice or analysis from anyone in this world on Kashmir. The three mantras of Atal jee and these will be helpful in moving forward. Kashmiriyat ke bina Hindustan adhura hai [Without Kashmiriyat, India is incomplete]. Sufi tradition has emerged from this land and this tradition has taught us oneness and strength of unity,” he said.

In his second public rally in Kashmir after becoming the prime minister, Modi announced the package and said that this is not a full stop as “our hearts are also open for you”.

”The Centre announces Rs 80,000 crore package to the state. It's my heartfelt desire that this money will be helpful in turning your fate. This money should be used for converting the state into a new Jammu and Kashmir which is modern, prosperous and progressive state,” he said.

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jitendra Singh, and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti flanked Modi.

”The dreams of two generations have been lost in last two decades. But I am an optimist and would like to move ahead and covert Jammu & Kashmir into a modern and developed state,” Modi said addressing the rally at Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium.

The prime minister said that the youth of the state needed employment and assured that the Mufti Sayeed-led PDP-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance that the Centre was standing rock solid behind it in its endeavour to restore normalcy in the state.

”We may touch any heights in economy and technology. And no matter how much the life changes, we may even build a castle in the air, but it is only our soul that inspires us to respect the dignity of self and others,” Modi said.

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