JAMMU: Union Minister of Heavy Industries, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey on Thursday said that the present dispensation of Jammu and Kashmir UT under Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has taken new initiatives to attract investors, along with supporting efforts of the Central government which will not only limit J&K UT to becoming self-sufficient but also a big export hub of the region in coming years.
The Union Minister said this while addressing a public during as part of the ongoing public outreach programme at Sodhi Resorts, Barnoti in Kathua here today.
He pinned hope that the Kathua district, due to its existing congenial infrastructure along with topographical advantage, will come up as a big industrial growth centre of Jammu & Kashmir.
Minister virtually inaugurated five projects executed with an estimated cost of Rs 25.59 Cr comprising of two PWD and one PMGSY road, one Drug Ware House of Health department besides a Common Facility Centre of SIDCO Industrial Complex Ghatti. He also laid the foundation of two upgraded Water Supply Schemes of Jal Shakti Department to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.96 Cr.
He also handed over five tractors to the beneficiaries who have availed Rs two lakh subsidy under Farm Mechanisation scheme of Agriculture Department. He also handed over nineteen Maize Thrashers to Panchayat Heads of different blocks of the district.
Dr Pandey also gave away a sanction letter to the beneficiary of SMAM scheme of the Horticulture Department under which farmers procure Multiple Agriculture Tools/ Implements to establish Farm Machinery Bank.
Minister also handed over passbooks to the parents of Laadli Beti scheme beneficiaries and tracksuits among Adolescent girls. He also gave away Rs 10.15 lac Education Assistance Cheque to the wards of registered construction workers through Labour Department. Union Minister handed over financial assistance of Rs 2.05 lac each to two next of kin of dead registered construction workers.
Dr Pandey also inspected stalls of different departments demonstrating products, schemes and other exhibits of different Government departments and of local industrial units.
Referring the initiative of the opening of twin AIIMS in Kashmir and Jammu, the Minister said that the opening of these institutions along with new Government Medical Colleges in the district will give a huge fillip to the medical infrastructure besides saving time and money of the people who will get best medical facilities within Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the schemes like Mumkin are being launched under the hand holding efforts of the government to engage youth to avail self-employment opportunities.
“Kathua District housing big and small industrial units have an immense scope of its extension which will pave the way for employment to locals” the Minister added.
Referring to the initiatives of opening Rs 500 Cr Bio-Technology Park project in Kathua, the Minister said that the Centre will extend every possible help to nurture industries in Jammu and Kashmir so that the economic achievements of the UT attain new heights.
Minister said that the Central Government is making efforts to give impetus to manufacturing in line with the vision of Aatamnirbhar Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While remembering Maharaja Hari Singh, the Union Minister said that the Central Government’s efforts to align Jammu and Kashmir with the mainstream development of the country will be a great tribute to him.
Deputy Commissioner, Kathua Rahul Yadav presented the District Profile of Kathua besides throwing light on the industrial and development scenario of the district.
Earlier, during his visit to SIDCO Industrial Center in Ghatti, the Minister inspected the newly built assets developed on modern lines to attract industries in Jammu & Kashmir. He also inspected the Chenab Textile Mills unit in Kathua Industrial Area and took a brief account of its operations and working.
Later, the Minister flagged off a rally of students and young runners organised by the District Administration under Azad ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations.