The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today announced a development package of eighty thousand crore rupees for the State of Jammu and Kashmir. In his address at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar, Shri Narendra Modi recalled former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's message of Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat, Insaniyat.
"India is not complete without Kashmiriyat," the Prime Minister said, mentioning the Sufi tradition of India.
He praised the people of the state for reposing their faith in Jamhooriyat (democracy) and said that the progress of Jammu and Kashmir had to be based on Insaniyat.
The Prime Minister said his Government worked for "Sabka saath, sabka vikas," and therefore, it was essential for development to reach all parts of the country. He said the State of Jammu and Kashmir should return once again to the days when people from all parts of India saved money to visit the State. He said that besides tourism, attention was being given to sectors such as Pashmina, and Saffron.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the 450 MW Baglihar Hydro Electric Project Stage-II; and laid the Foundation Stone of 4-laning of Udhampur-Ramban and Ramban-Banihal section of National Highway 44 at Chanderkote, Ramban.
He spoke of the initiatives of the Union Government in renewable energy generation, and the ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable energy. He said this was the best way to combat the global issue of climate change.
The Prime Minister said the Rs. 80,000 crore package for Jammu and Kashmir, which he announced in Srinagar, would give new strength to the State, and generate employment for youth.