Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that grassroots democracy had been strengthened in Jammu and Kashmir since the conduct of DDC elections in J&K was given the top priority that was overdue since many decades in J&K. This was a proof of the importance that PM Narendra Modi led government gave to the strengthening of pillars of grassroots democracy in the UT. He said this while addressing a convention on ‘Good Governance Week’ organized by District Administration, Kathua at Basohli, Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.
While addressing the audience, Dr Jitendra Singh said that a significant change in terms of inclusive development was now evident at ground level that reiterates the mantra of the Government’ Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’ & in the principle of ‘Justice for All, Appeasement to None’. Dr Singh said that a new political culture had been set in the country based on ‘equality for all without discrimination of any kind. He said that with this new political culture, all the constitutional values and principles are being followed, especially in the governance.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a personal interest in Shahpur Kandi Dam Project. It is only with his intervention that the work on this project has resumed after 45 years that was earlier stalled due to other reasons. Adding that India has more than 70 per cent of the world’s youth population, Dr Jitendra Singh said that their dynamism and vitality is required for making India at the level of governance and civil services.
Dr Singh also said that PM Narendra Modi emphasized that development should not be restricted to only a few places but should be taken to far-flung areas where the development was mentioned earlier but never done. Enumerating various development projects, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Shahpur-Kandi project was revived after 40 years, North India’s first-ever Cable-Stayed Bridge Atal Setu, J&K’s first inter-State bridge at Keiran-Gandyal, North India’s first Biotech Industrial Park, North India’s first Express Road Corridor from Delhi to Katra via Kathua, the new National Highway from Lakhanpur-Bani-Basohli-Doda via Chattargala Tunnel, besides centrally funded Government Medical College, Engineering Colleges, Degree Colleges etc. have already placed Kathua as one of the most desirable districts of India.
Dr Jitendra Singh also e-inaugurated 100 bedded Girls Hostel under RMSA to be built at Government High School, Basoli, many development projects under PMGSY at Mashka, Mandli & Kehanta, long vented causeways at Stoora and Badala and span type steel bridges at Mashka and Ghatti.
Dr Jitendra Singh also distributed cheques to the beneficiaries under Ladli Beti Scheme and State Marriage Assistance Scheme, provided keys of tractors to beneficiaries of the Horticulture Department & felicitated many students of the district for their outstanding performance and provided them with the sports kits.
Besides BDC, DDC members, Sarpanchs and Panchs of district Kathua, the convention was attended by DDC chairperson Kathua Col. Mahan Singh, DDC Vice-chairperson, Sh. Raghunandan Singh Bablu & Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Sh. Rahul Yadav
2,55,874 New Covid Cases In India, Positivity Rate Down To 15.5%
India on Monday recorded 2,55,874 new coronavirus cases, 16.39 per cent lower than Monday’s figure of 3.06 lakh cases. During the same period, the country reported 439 virus-related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,89,848.
At 22,36,842, active cases in India now comprise 5.62 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate marginally increased to 93.15 per cent.
Delhi also reported 5,760 new coronavirus cases on Monday. Meanwhile, the country has administered 162.92 crore vaccine doses.
J&K: 85 people Died of COVID in 24 Days
In Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Jammu division, once again, the process of death of corona infected patients has started. So far this month, 85 patients have died. Of these, 54 are residents of the Jammu division. Many of the patients who died were those who had taken both doses. However, many of them were already suffering from some disease.
According to the National Health Mission data, eight more corona infected patients died on Monday. Four were residents of the Jammu division and four from the Kashmir division. In the Jammu division, two died in the Jammu district. A 65-year-old man from Akhnoor, a Gudha Brahmin, was also among those killed. The maximum number of deaths this month, thirty patients, occurred in the Jammu district. All of them were residents of different areas of the Jammu district. Twelve patients had taken both doses of the corona vaccine. Apart from this, four were residents of Udhampur district, while four were residents of Rajouri, two Doda, five Kathua, one Kishtwar, four Poonch, two Ramban and two Reasi. Samba is the only district where not a single patient died.
In Kashmir, seven corona infected patients died in the Srinagar district while four in Baramulla, eight in Budgam, three in Pulwama, four in Kupwara, four in Anantnag, one in Bandipora, one in Kulgam. On the other hand, not a single patient died in Shopian and Ganderbal districts. In the second wave of corona infection, the maximum number of patients died in the Jammu district.
Although the number of patients who died is less, the maximum number of patients are dying in the Jammu district. About 33 per cent of the total deaths occurred in the Jammu district. Principal of GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Sudan, says that many of the patients who died after taking both doses were already suffering from other diseases. She asked all to follow Corona appropriate behaviour. She said that only by following all the protocols one could avoid the third wave.
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