Katra: Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s famous line, which had pitched for resolution of Kashmir within the paradigm of insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and jamhooriyat (humanity, ‘Kashmiri syncretism’ and democracy).
“People of Jammu and Kashmir had enormous faith in Atal Bihari Vajpayee… Very few leaders commanded such respect…He used to say Insaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamhooriyat are key to progress of Jammu and Kashmir. We have to take the state to new heights through these pillars,” he said.
At the inauguration of Shri Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital here, the PM said former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed always thought about reducing the gap between Jammu and Srinagar.
“I was hearing Mehbooba ji. The enthusiasm with which she spoke of the future of Jammu and Kashmir and her energetic leadership… I congratulate her,” he said.
“Mehbooba ji always talks about the development of Jammu and Kashmir when we meet. When such a thought is there, development is bound to happen,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the state is attracting students from all over the nation and this gives strength to India.
He said the country’s focus should be a holistic approach on preventive health care and wellness.
“We are hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup and this has to be an opportunity for us to celebrate sports. The world should see our ‘yuva shakti’ (youth power),” he said.
Modi said sanitation is the key to keep away from hospitals and illness.
“Cleanliness ensures we remain free from illness… With this hospital people will not have to go very far for treatment. And the weather here is also very good,” he said.
He said the Centre and the state government are working together for the infrastructure development in Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi said the Centre will work shoulder-to-shoulder with the state government for changing the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir and fulfill the aspirations of the people.
Noting that Jammu and Kashmir has a lot of potential in tourism, he said there are many new areas like adventure tourism that require modern infrastructure.
“The work on rail line and improving road connectivity is going on at full speed,” the prime minister said.
Modi said when the distance and travel time between Jammu and Srinagar reduces, more pilgrims coming to Katra will visit the Valley as well.
“And when a tourist visits Jammu & Kashmir, he not only contributes to the welfare of the people of the state but the country as well,” he said.
In tourism sector, Jammu and Kashmir is undertaking a big service to the country.
“While it is a new opportunity in the life of Jammu and Kashmir, we are feeling the absence of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,” he said.
“Whenever he met me, he always talked about the programmes of development of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly about tourism, employment, roads and power etc. If we discuss and debate development issues, it takes forward the process of development,” he said.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir should dream and should attract tourists from across the world to the state.
Development is the answer to all our ills. We need to have a balanced and equal development in all sides (of the country) whether it is J&K or Kanyakumari,” he said.