PM in Srinagar today, first since Article 370 scrapping

In his first visit to Srinagar since the abrogation of Article 370, PM Modi will today address a rally and unveil multiple development projects.
PM in Srinagar today, first since Article 370 scrapping
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a public meeting and unveil multiple development projects worth more than Rs 6,400 crore in Srinagar on Thursday.

In his first visit to Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370, the Prime Minister will also attend the 'Viksit Bharat Viksit Jammu Kashmir' programme at the stadium in Srinagar.

According to an official statement, PM Narendra Modi will launch nationwide projects related to the tourism sector worth more than Rs 1,400 crore under the 'Swadesh Darshan' and 'PRASHAD' (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation And Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) schemes, including a project for the integrated development of the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar.

He will launch the 'Dekho Apna Desh People's Choice Tourist Destination Poll' and the 'Chalo India Global Diaspora' campaign as well, besides announcing tourist destinations selected under the Challenge-Based Destination Development (CBDD) scheme.

PM Modi will distribute appointment letters to nearly 1,000 newly recruited government employees in Jammu and Kashmir and also interact with the beneficiaries of various central schemes, including women achievers, farmers and entrepreneurs, the statement said.

In a step that will provide a major boost to the agri-economy of the region under the 'Holistic Agriculture Development Programme' (HADP) to be launched by the Prime Minister, the statement said, it will cover the full spectrum of activities in three major domains of horticulture, agriculture and livestock husbandry.

The programme is expected to equip about 2.5 lakh farmers with skill-development training and about 2,000 farmers' service centres will be established and robust value chains put in place for the welfare of the farming community.

Besides the Hazratbal shrine project, the initiatives include tourism facilities in the Northeast Circuit in Meghalaya, the Spiritual Circuit in Bihar and Rajasthan, the Rural and Tirthankar Circuit in Bihar and some other projects in states such as Telangana and Madhya Pradesh.

"The campaign is being launched based on the clarion call of the Prime Minister, wherein he requested Indian diaspora members to encourage at least five non-Indian friends to travel to India. With more than three crore overseas Indians, the Indian diaspora can serve as a powerful catalyst for Indian tourism, acting as cultural ambassadors," the statement said.


Meanwhile, stringent security arrangements have been put in place, and the Bakshi Stadium, the venue of the prime minister's rally, has been draped in tricolour, news agency PTI reported.

In Srinagar, several schools falling along the route to be taken by the Prime Minister were ordered closed for Wednesday and Thursday, while board examinations scheduled to be held on Thursday were postponed till next month.

Drones and CCTV cameras are being used for surveillance while foot patrolling by the security forces has been intensified in a two-kilometre radius around the venue.

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PM in Srinagar today, first since Article 370 scrapping

The BJP-led Centre abrogated the provisions of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, and bifurcated the erstwhile state into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Source : India Today

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