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KISHTWAR/DODA: Union Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh said here on Saturday that Kishtwar and erstwhile Doda districts were deliberately ignored by earlier governments and challenged anybody to come forward and compare the magnitude of development accomplished in the last nearly seven years with the earlier seven decades.Addressing a series of meetings of BJP workers during his tour of Kishtwar and Doda districts, Dr. Jitendra said, it is not for the opposition but for us to ask why even the main development works and the main highway roads were ignored in spite of the fact that this region was represented by important Ministers at the Central and State level for the last 70 years.He said, even the important road from Doda to Kishtwar was upgraded and developed at a cost of Rs.100 Cr. through Central fund only four years back while the Doda to Bhadarwah road which was always a site of landslides is now better than many of the main highway roads and now the journey can be completed within 30 to 40 minutes.Making a dig at the critics who say that they see no development in this region, Dr. Jitendra asked these wise men are they driving along these roads without looking at them and if they cannot appreciate because of the bias, let them inquire from local inhabitants the difference between before and now. However, he said, even if the critics do not see the developments, it does not matter because those who have to vote for us are seeing the benefits of this development and also acknowledging it. This is for the first time, said Dr Jitendra, that in Doda and Kishtwar, we have a new alternate highway coming up from Khilani via Marmat to Sudhmahadev and we have three important tunnels being brought up by the Central agencies including the Chandergalla Tunnel and the Kaljugar Tunnel connecting Himachal Pradesh.It is within the last four years that four biggest power projects in J&K have come up in Kishtwar in addition to a Saffron Park and sanction for Sapphire Mines, he said.Dr. Jitendra also accused the former Central and State Ministers from the region of depriving their own native places of connectivity and development because they felt insecure at the prospect of people becoming awakened and challenging their leadership. In this regard, he mentioned the example of Gandoh where the first Post Office was set up only four years back though this place claims to have produced some of the leaders of national level.As for the empowerment of grass root democracy is concerned, Dr. Jitendra said, the single biggest achievement under Narendra Modi is that J&K is going to have District Development Councils for the first time after independence.
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