|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Mar 24: Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, Ramdas Athawale today said, the central government is committed to develop Jammu and Kashmir at all fronts. Article 370 and 35 A being the obstacles in the development of J&K were revoked for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Minister said this while interacting with the media during a press briefing held at Jammu. Saying that the budget is 'AtmaNirbhar Bharat Ka Budget', Athawale said, in comparison to the FY 2022-23, there is an increase of 10.18% for the social welfare department in the FY 2023-24. In the next three years, 38,880 teachers and supporting staff will be recruited for 740 Eklavya Model Residential Schools, he added. Ramdas Athawale said, from last many years, the gates of development have opened for J&K which is evident from the fact that all the centrally sponsored schemes and programmes like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana, MUDRA, PM Ujjwala Yojana, Scholarship Schemes for Students, Welfare Schemes for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes are now implemented in J&K. Athawale further said, hundred percent implementation of many central schemes in J&K is the outcome of the steadfast approach of Government of India to provide social stability at all fronts be it housing, livelihood etc. to the people of J&K. The Minister Informed that under PM Narendra Modi implementation of the social welfare schemes has picked up pace in Jammu and Kashmir which is evident from the fact that under PM Jan Dhan Yojana, between 2014-2023 (March), 48 crores and 36 lakh accounts were opened out of which 26 lakh & 32 thousand accounts have been opened in J&K, under PM Ujjwala Yojana between 2016-22 (March), 12 lakh 45 thousand gas connections have been allotted to the beneficiaries in J&K, under PM Awas Yojana (Urban) between 2015-23 (March), 20 thousand 7 hundred houses have been constructed in J&K, under PM Awas Yojana (Rural) between 2014-23 (March), 13 thousand 8 hundred houses have been constructed in J&K, under PM Jan Arogya Yojana, 07 lakh 66 thousand have been benefited in J&K and under Ujala Yojana, 84 lakh 86 thousand LED bulbs have been issued in J&K. The Minister informed that between 2019-23 (March), 1720 De-addiction centres have been either funded or established under Financial Assistance for the establishment of De-addiction centres.