New Delhi, June 3: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh Friday hosted a high-tea interaction with a group of 40 children from district Doda. The interaction lasted for more than one hour. These are all the students who are visiting the national capital Delhi as a part of the Bharat Darshan programme.
Out of 40 children, 26 are from the BPL families and two from the martyr’s families. Some of the students also belonged to Kalota, the native village of the Minister.
The youngsters appreciated the various development projects and works happening in their region. The group leader of the Bharat Darshan tour said that it was a unique experience for most of the children, who got to visit Delhi for the first time and they were particularly elated to meet their own popular MP from Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Lok Sabha constituency.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded top priority in bringing the overall development in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
He told the children that since the introduction of constitutional reforms with regards to J&K in August 2019, the government has been focussed on bringing about wide-ranging reforms to substantially improve governance and enhance ease of living for the people of the region at an unprecedented pace.
Dr Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction over a large number of projects completed and inaugurated in Udhampur-Kathua-Doda Lok Sabha constituency, which he said will go a long way in facilitating provision of basic amenities, ensuring ease of mobility and development of infrastructure in the region.
Dr Jitendra Singh told the students and particularly those belonging to BPL families that the UT government in J&K has accorded top priority to uplift them and bring them at par with well-off sections of society. He said, J&K is already witnessing better health care, education, employment opportunities for youth, irrespective of religious, caste and creed distinctions.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed the students that Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district is considered as the birthplace of India's purple revolution and it is witnessing a major boom in lavender farming under the 'one district, one product' scheme with the government, army and various other institutions coming forward in a big way to boost its production. He said the central government has designated Lavender as a 'Doda brand product' to promote the exotic aromatic plant, bringing cheers to Agri startups, entrepreneurs and farmers associated with its cultivation under the Aroma mission.
Every year the Union Home Ministry organises 'Bharat Darshan' tour for the students belonging to far-flung districts of Jammu and Kashmir to give them an exposure of cultural diversity and the development happening across the nation. The 'Bharat Darshan tour provides new experiences and vast exposure to the students of Jammu and Kashmir and gives them an opportunity to explore the country at a young age," the Minister said.