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A 30 member delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference meets PM Modi
J&K delegation briefs PM Modi on development issues concerning the State
Growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir is high on agenda for Central Govt: PM Modi
'Vikas’ and ‘Vishwas’ will remain the cornerstones of the Centre's development initiatives for J&K: PM Modi

A 30 member delegation of the All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg today.

The All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference is an apex body of Panchayat leaders of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The organization represents 4000 village Panchayats of Jammu and Kashmir, with 4000 Sarpanches and 29000 Panches. The delegation was led by the Chairman of the All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference, Shri Shafiq Mir .

Members of the delegation briefed the Prime Minister on development issues concerning the State, and said that benefits of central assistance to the State have not reached the villages due to non-empowerment of the Panchayats, in line with the rest of the country. They also submitted a memorandum. They urged the Prime Minister to consider extension of the 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution of India – which pertain to local bodies – to the State of J&K. They also demanded that elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies in the State be held at the earliest. They said that elections held in 2011 had witnessed enthusiastic turnout of voters.

Extension of these Constitutional Provisions to the State would empower the Panchayats to undertake basic development activities in the rural areas, they said. Members expressed hope that this would accelerate the development process in the State, and enable the people of the State to take benefit from various Central Government schemes.

The delegation apprised the Prime Minister of the prevailing situation in the State. They strongly condemned the burning of schools by anti-national elements.

The body, which represents people at the grassroot level in Jammu and Kashmir, reiterated its faith in the democratic institutions and processes in the country. Shri Shafiq Mir said that a vast majority of the people of the State wanted a life of peace and dignity. He said vested interests have exploited youngsters and are playing with their future. He urged the Prime Minister to take personal initiative to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The Prime Minister assured the delegation that the Union Government will look into their demands. He stressed that growth and development of Jammu and Kashmir is high on his agenda. He added that development of the villages where a majority of people live, is vital to the overall economic development of the State. He reiterated stress on a humanitarian approach, and said that ‘Vikas’ and ‘Vishwas’ will remain the cornerstones of the Union Government’s development initiatives for the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi today, the people welcomed him with tremendous enthusiasm. People from all walks of life joined PM Modi as the roadshow progressed through the heart of Kashi.

Prime Minister Modi began the roadshow after paying floral tributes to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya.

 

Starting from Lanka, PM Modi's roadshow passed through Assi, Bhadini and Sonarpura before culminating at the iconic Dashashwamedh Ghat, where he took part in the Ganga Arti.

Lakhs of people gathered on the streets, on roofs of buildings to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister. The atmosphere was euphoric in Kashi as the people waved to the Prime Minister, showered flower petals throughout the roadshow amid chants of "Modi-Modi". Touched by the people's affection, the Prime Minister too waved and greeted the people.

Several BJP leaders including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath, several union ministers and leaders of allied parties joined the roadshow along with the Prime Minister.