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Ensure welfare schemes reach downtrodden, deserving people', Centre tells JK officials
2/27/2020 1:03:15 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad

EARLY TIMES REPORT

Srinagar, Feb 26: The Central Government has directed officials of Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that benefits of all development and welfare schemes percolate to the downtrodden and deserving segments of the society in the Union Territory.
Sources told Early Times that Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to prepare blueprint of development in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory has asked the officials to work in tandem to provide all services to the people at their door-step and ensure no eligible person was left out from the government welfare schemes.
"Efforts should be made to inform the masses at the village-level about the public welfare schemes run by the Centre and state governments” they have said. Sources said that the Union government is endeavoring hard towards all round development of every part of the UT with emphasis on unreached areas.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking keen interest towards making sure that benefit of all development and welfare schemes could percolate to the downtrodden and deserving segments of the society in the Jammu and Kashmir,” sources maintained.
Sources said that advancement of education, health and employment sectors are main focus of the central government. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government had formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to prepare blueprint of development and Job creation for Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Top members of the group were Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Dr Jitender Singh. One of the top officials said that the group met several times to discuss the development of Kashmir and its youth. “Yes the group of ministers has already presented its blueprint to the government regarding the overall development of the Jammu and Kashmir. Besides they have suggested a slew of programmes and schemes aimed at boosting employment avenues for young people in Jammu and Kashmir,” the official said wished not to be named.
Sources said that the group was asked to prepare a proposal on how Law Ministry Information Technology Ministry, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Ministry, Ministry of Rural Development along with Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry and Steel Ministry can contribute towards J&K's development.
Sources said that the skill development of youth was one of the key focus areas of this group. It is to mention here that the Centre plans to send a second batch of Union ministers to J&K as part of its outreach to the newly carved Union Territory.
Sources said that the dates of the visit could be announced soon after the end of the budget session of Parliament. The second part of the budget session is scheduled to end on April 3.
Sources said that the focus of the second visit will be 10 districts of Kashmir. During the first visit by central ministers, most districts of Kashmir were left out due to heavy snow in the region,” said a senior government official.
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