Srinagar: Jammu BJP leader and Minister of State (MoS) in the Prime Ministers’ Office, Jitendra Singh, said on Thursday that the new generation of India, including of Jammu and Kashmir, has left behind ideas of caste, creed and religion, their priority now being “job placements”.
“If we have to formulate any programme for Jammu and Kashmir, we need to formulate it through the vision of youth,” Singh said, adding, “We see things through the perspective of 60 years ago. It needs to change.”
Singh was addressing the inaugural function of the Modi government’s MUDRA scheme, a function hosted by J&K Bank at the SKICC here. He said that the priority of youth had changed from education to job placements.
“Our government wants educated youth to be employers, not employees,” he said, referring to the MUDRA scheme which has been designed to give easy loans ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh.
He said that the current political dispensation in Delhi realises the necessity of giving “preferential” treatment to peripheral states like J&K and the northeast states.
“The government has encouraged people like (JK finance minister) Haseeb Drabu to have a free hand,” he said.
He said that Kashmir was the “most fertile land” on earth and, despite being militancy-hit, Kashmiri youth were making their parents proud. “This year, 19 Kashmiri youths made it to IIT,” he told the jam-packed audience. “The successful candidates came from militancy-hit districts. When firing was going on outside and there was no coaching centre, the students studied for 14 hours a day to make it possible,” he said.
“Of late, we see Kashmiris topping IAS examinations every year now,” he said. “There is huge calibre and potential here.”
“Our target and yardstick is youth,” he asserted. “They are honest and will use their votes honestly. Next year, India will have 2.5 million new adults who were born in 2000.”
On the criticism faced by the Modi government over the economic slowdown, Singh said that the steps taken by his government were “daring”. “Demonetisation, GST, they could have happened in the past, but why they did not happen?” he asked. “What are the reasons and secrets, let people think over it.”
He said that when the prime minister announced demonetisation, elections in Uttar Pradesh were just two months away. “But we took the step because the common people knew it was in their favour. They made beelines outside banks to deposit their old notes.”
Singh said that there was political will and courage in the government led by Narendra Modi. The government’s only aim, he said, is to help the poorest of the poor.