New Delhi, July 28 : In his monthly ‘Mann ki baat’ broadcast Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his government’s initiatives in Kashmir, and lauded BJP government’s governance in other states.
He said his government conducted the “Back to village” programme in June in Jammu and Kashmir. “It’s a matter of happiness that ‘Back to Village’ program was held in remote villages too. Officials reached Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag without fear. Participation in such programs show our brothers&sisters in Kashmir want good governance,”je said.
The Indian Army killed several militants in sensitive villages in the districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag — districts which have seen heightened militant activity since 2015.
“It shows how keen people of Kashmir are to join mainstream of development… Such programmes and people’s participation in them show that people of Kashmir want good governance. This also proves the dictum that the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs,” he said.
“It is clear that those who wish to spread hatred en route to development, pose hurdles will never succeed in their sinister plans,” he added.
Modi also noted that over 3 lakh pilgrims completed the Amarnath yatra since July 1 and said it has already outnumbered the number of devotees during 60 days in 2015. Hailing the hospitality of the people of the state, he said it will boost tourism.
In the Chardham yatra in Uttarakhand too, large numbers of tourists have visited holy sites, he said, adding that over eight lakh devotees had visited Kedarnath shrine, a record number post the massive 2013 floods that had devastated the region.
In his 25-minute address, Modi asked people to celebrate August 15 with special preparations and find out new ways to observe Independence Day with greater participation of masses. “You must ponder over the fact how August 15 could be celebrated as a folk-festival and also as a people’s festival,” he said.
Speaking of floods in different parts, he said the Centre in tandem with state governments is working at a “lightning pace” to provide people relief and succour.”Heavy rains in different parts of country has resulted in people suffering due to #floods. I assure all those affected by floods, that Centre is working with state govts at lightning speed to provide relief, he said.
The issue of water conservation has stirred the nation, he said, and lauded the Meghalaya government to frame a water policy and the Haryana government for encouraging farmers to shift to cultivating crops that need less water.