STATE TIMES NEWS KATHUA: Stating that Jammu and Kashmir will usher in a new era of development, Union Minister of State, Arjun Ram Meghwal on Sunday said that central government is committed to ensure all-round progress of J&K. Meghwal made these remarks today while addressing a public outreach programme at Basohli area of Kathua District. He said that the central government is committed to ensure all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir and the current visit of Union Ministers is part of the initiative to take efficient governance to the doorsteps of people. Addressing the huge gathering, Meghwal said that the dam-affected families of Basohli area, who have not yet received compensation will soon receive their compensation amount besides other entitled benefits will also be given to them. He said the demands put up by people like execution of 200 MW Solar Power Plant, Trauma Centre at Mahanpur, up-gradation of Girls High School at Basohli, adequate strength of teachers and doctors besides skill development centre for Pashmina Shawl and Basohli Paintings to promote this art will be looked into. He also announced that 10 computers under CSR will also be provided to JNV Basohli. He also said that all-out efforts must be made to bring Basohli on the Tourist map by developing wayside amenities and exploring tourism potential around the famous Atal Setu Bridge. Panchs, Sarpanchs and BDC Chairpersons raised several demands which mainly pertained to road connectivity, district status to Basohli and involvement of local representatives in development process of the villages. Earlier, the Union Minister inaugurated a BDC Building at Pathiyara Panchayat of Basohli block, several road projects under PMGSY and laid foundation stone of Sports Stadium at Mara Patti of Mahanpur block through e-mode. The Minister also announced that JK Cements will be revived soon. Regarding the housing sector, the Minister announced that by 2022 all people without houses will get dwelling units.
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