Ghulam Nabi Azad at Bunjwah

Focused attention needs to be placed on the development of rural and hilly areas of the state: Azad

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad who is on a three day visit to erstwhile District Doda and Jammu today visited Gondoh Bhalessa, Bunjwah area and addressed a Public meetings at Nali Bunjwah.

Azad said that focused attention needs to be placed on the development of rural and hilly areas of the state. He said the benefits of different state and centrally sponsored schemes must percolate down to the poor people.

He also said peace is imperative for development and the situation had improved in Jammu and Kashmir since some years.

“We have observed that in 2013 the state witnessed lowest violence-related incidents in the past more than two decades. But still we have to put an end to such incidents,” Azad said.

Azad asked the people to maintain communal harmony adding that there was no place for communal mindset in country like India where the people of different communities live with pride.

Sharing his own experiences, he said “First time I became Member of Parliament from a constituency in Maharashtra where only 5 percent people are Muslims while remaining 95 belong to other religions”.

He advised the people to rise to the occasion and work jointly for the development of the society.

Azad while addressing mammoth gathering at Bunjwah asked the people to join the electoral process at all levels so that the upcoming generation was provided a better atmosphere. “Election is the only way through which people express their feelings and aspirations. All our schemes will not be benefited until a democratic set up is established in every sphere, including political and economic,” Azad said.

The Union Health Minister was hopeful that when the power projects of Erstwhile Doda district will be completed in the area, it will change the fortunes of people of the state.

“I hope these power project will bring happiness among people of Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen our state in terms of development.

Mr Azad also told the gathering that the UPA Government has initiated lot of development projects in the State especially on health front. He announced 10 bedded hospital, Doctor Quarter, building for PHC Nali at a cost of 4 crores and also announced same for PHC Patnazi to improve health scenario in the Bunjwah.

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