Basohli to be developed as Heritage Town: Union Minister Jitendra

Jammu, (UNI) Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday said Basohli will be developed as a Heritage Town and Aroma Start-up destination in coming years.

Addressing a public meeting in the Basohli belt of Kathua district, Singh said Basohli was always neglected by the previous governments, thus the development deficit is still seen in the Kandi Area.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014, the priority has been to bring the left out areas into the development mainstream to end the development deficit syndrome in these areas,” he added.

On the occasion, a Lavender Awareness program was also organised.

Reiterating the vision of the Prime Minister to create a Viksit Bharat and Viksit Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said, the government is focused on the poor, farmers, youth and women power.

“The poor, farmers, youth and nari shakti have been empowered through various government welfare schemes as this government believes in ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’ mantra,” said Singh.

In terms of road and highway development, the minister said, “North India’s first-ever Cable-Stayed Bridge Atal Setu, J&K’s first Inter-State bridge at Keerian-Gandyal etc. have been the cornerstones of development never imagined by anyone.”

Singh said, had Narendra Modi not become the Prime Minister of India in 2014, the Shahpur-Kandi Project would not have been resumed which was stalled for the last 70 years. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the highest priority to this project as it is the lifeline of this area in many ways, and has the potential to irrigate 4000 acre agricultural land of this area,” he emphasised.

“Aroma Mission has been started by our neighbouring states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. As this constituency has been the birthplace of the Purple Revolution in India, Basohli must not shy away from starting the lavender cultivation here as this can increase the income of agriculturists of this area manifold,” he stated.

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