SRINAGAR: The government is contemplating to promote forest-based industry in Jammu and Kashmir to generate revenue and create job opportunities for unemployed youth, Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Bali Bhagat, said Saturday.
Addressing a public meeting at Barnai in Raipur-Domana constituency of Jammu region, the Minister said the state is rich in production of rare herbs, mushrooms, guchhis and shrubs of medicinal value.
“The government will explore all possibilities to promote these in an organized manner,” he said.
The Minister said PDP-BJP coalition is working under a “well-knit strategy” to ensure “peace, progress, prosperity and militancy-free state”.
The people of Kashmir and Jammu regions, he said, have “given their verdict for a change”, and the coalition came into being on the basis of people’s wishes.
“The government will make its utmost efforts to come up to the expectations of the people,” he added. He said the government will give “focused attention” to strengthening of the essential sectors like education, road connectivity, health services, employment, drinking water and electricity, which are closely connected with the common masses.
Bhagat said he has already drawn up a plan for developing Raipur-Domana as a model constituency.
“Soon the people will see major changes on the ground,” he said.
The process of 4-lanning of Jammu-Akhnoor road and development of 15 km stretch of Bantalab-Amb Gharota road has already begun, he said, adding the two ambitious projects will provide “great relief” to the people.
About the other link roads in the constituency, the Minister said condition of 90 per cent roads is very grim.
He said a Degree College and a Sub-District Hospital will be set up at a central location in the Raipur-Domana constituency.
“Both these institutions are badly needed and previous regimes ignored the same,” he said, adding that the process of identification of land for these institutions has started.
Regarding construction of bridge over Nikki Tawi, the Minister said the government has already ordered construction of a Jhoola bridge for immediate relief to the people.
“The work on the concrete bridge will be taken up simultaneously,” he said.