11 December 2023, New Delhi: Udhampur district of Jammu & Kashmir has achieved maximum saturation in all the agriculture and health benefit schemes rolled out by the Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking to the media after reviewing the implementation of various public welfare Central schemes in his Lok Sabha constituency of Udhampur-Kathua-Doda, the Minister said, district Udhampur has always been ahead of others.
Of the various agriculture sector schemes, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that district Udhampur has achieved 100% saturation in PM Kisan Yojana by providing annual support of Rs.6,000 to 51,035 farmers. Similarly, 100% saturation has also been achieved by providing Kisan Credit Cards to 51,035 farmers, he added.
As far as the Soil Health Card is concerned, the Minister said, he was glad to share that here too 100% saturation had been achieved by giving the benefit of the card to 63,880 agriculturists. The PM Maan Dhan Yojana has also achieved 100% saturation by providing a monthly pension to 10,585 farmers above the age of 60, he said.
On the health front, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that nearly 100% saturation has been achieved by providing Golden Cards for Ayushman Bharat insurance to 4,31,738 beneficiaries which amounts to 97.8% of the eligible target and 100% is expected to be met shortly.
Dr Jitendra Singh conveyed his appreciation of the district administration of Udhampur and all the concerned departments for having moved on fast track to fulfil Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s commitment to his countrymen. He also praised the elected representatives for their proactive role in ensuring the implementation of the central welfare schemes and also reaching out to the people in every Panchayat by associating themselves with “Modi ki Guarantee wali Gadi”.
Pertinent to mention that for the last 3 to 4 years Udhampur has been consecutively securing top rank or one of the top 3 ranks among all districts of the country in the implementation of Central PMGSY road projects.
North India’s first river rejuvenation project “Devika”, said Dr Jitendra Singh, is complete for inauguration and we shall be requesting Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate it. The Devika project was launched also by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he recalled.
Dr Jitendra Singh said before 2014, this district suffered discrimination. As a result, it was ignored with respect to development and also in providing to the people benefits through the government resources. He said, it was only after Mr. Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister that the region has witnessed fast track development and every household is receiving the benefit of the various schemes initiated by Prime Minister Modi.
Today, said Dr Jitendra Singh, there is a network of roads being established even in far flung hilly terrains of Udhampur and in some of the peripheral villages, where people had never seen an automobile or a transport vehicle, are today plying on roads on scooter, motor cycle and motor car. Asia’s longest road tunnel was also inaugurated here by Prime Minister Modi, which takes off from Chenani and is the first such project to be named after Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee, he added.
Similarly, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Udhampur railway station has been expanded and is possibly the first railway station of the country to be named after a martyr soldier Captain Tushar Mahajan. With the Kashmir Valley soon to be linked by railway with the rest of the country in next few months, Udhampur is going to emerge as the most important railway junction in North India, he said and added that we have already demanded that a full fledged Division Headquarters of Railways be set up at Udhampur.
Dr Jitendra Singh also referred to the Government Medical College, Udhampur which was also allotted from central funds by the Modi government and is one of the three centrally funded Medical colleges in this Lok Sabha constituency, which is possibly the only constituency to have got three centrally funded Medical Colleges in a single term.
Dr Jitendra Singh also disclosed that he has asked the district administration to take active steps to promote one district one product “Kalari” and plan holding a “Kalari Food Festival” in near future.
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