Rising Kashmir NewsJammu:
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli on Monday said the Government has launched a “massive” road connectivity programme in the state under different schemes to “unlock the huge economic potential in rural areas”.
According to an official statement, he said this while laying foundation stone of a 3-kiomteres long road from Jarota Gala to Pata Khetar in Rajouri at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore under state sector.
The road will connect thousands of souls of the twin villages thereby fulfilling long pending demand of the locals, the statement said.
Speaking on the occasion, minister said the government has launched extensive road connectivity programme in state to drive the economic growth by connecting the villages which is the basic requirement for the development of the state. He said better road connectivity is correlated with economic development as it promotes access to economic and social services.
Kohli asserted that better road connectivity was pivotal for bringing speedy socio-economic transformation in the state and described the R&B department as a core sector for people that lends support and boosts activities of other departments meant for people’s welfare and state's overall development
He said lack of road connectivity was one of the major infrastructural deficiencies in the remote districts and said improvement in connectivity will help increase government out-reach to people living in remote areas, adding that availability of services would help in enhancing agricultural incomes and employment opportunities.
He said government is committed for uniform development of all the regions of the state with focus on the road connectivity of rural areas. He said the development of rural area guarantees the development of the state adding that stress is being laid on the development of rural areas.