Youth of Kashmir must follow Prophet: PM

The prime minister, who is on his first visit to the State after announcing the suspension of anti-militancy operations during the holy month of Ramzan, said there are foreign powers at play in the State which do not want development of Jammu & Kashmir

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Srinagar: Every stone and weapon raised by “misguided youths” destabilises Jammu and Kashmir and the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, asking the people of the State to make efforts to come out of this instability.

The prime minister, who is on his first visit to the State after announcing the suspension of anti-militancy operations during the month of Ramzan, said there are foreign powers at play in the State that do not want development of Jammu & Kashmir.

Modi said the youths of the Valley needed to join the mainstream of development in India for their future and that of the future generations.

The prime minister said the central and the State governments have the policy, intent and capability to take decisions to solve development issues of the State. “I would urge all to channel their energies in the development of the State. The solution to every problem is only development, development, development,” he said.

The prime minister dedicated to the nation the 330-MW Kishenganga Power Project constructed in the Gurez area of Kashmir.

Modi also laid the foundation stone for the Srinagar Ring Road at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) Srinagar. The 42.1 km, four-lane Srinagar Ring Road will link Galandar in West Srinagar to Sumbal in Badnipora district.

The Ring Road in Srinagar is aimed at reducing traffic congestion in these cities and making road travel safer, faster, more convenient and more environment-friendly.

“Not a single year has passed since I took over as the prime minister when I did not visit the State,” Modi said. He said the month of Ramzan was to remember Prophet Mohammad’s teaching and message. “The lessons of equality and brotherhood from his life can take the country and the world forward in the true sense,” he said.

The prime minister said it was a happy coincidence that the ceremony for handing over the project is taking place in the month of Ramzan. “The project will not only provide free but also sufficient power to the State. A large portion of power requirements of the State is supplied from other parts of the country. This 330 MW project will solve the shortage of power issue to a considerable extent,” he said.

The prime minister said the government is trying to provide power to every house in the State under the Saubhagya scheme. He said an important part of Jammu and Kashmir’s development is tourism but it cannot run on old methods.

“The tourists now want facilities. They do not want to be stuck in narrow lanes for hours. They want continuous power supply, they want hygiene. Better air connectivity,” Modi said, adding that the government was working for a modern ecosystem that is required for the development of tourism. “There will be an increase in tourists in Jammu and Kashmir with a stronger ecosystem. The youths of the State will get new employment opportunity with it,” he said.