Union Home Minister Amit Shah has stated that total peace prevails in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 with not a single bullet or tear gas-fired and not one death.
Referring to Kashmir in his speech after inaugurating development projects on Sunday in Silvassa, the capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Shah appealed to those opposing the abrogation of Article 370 to rise above politics and stand united with the government in matters of national security and integrity.
Abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A led to complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India. This decision would lead to development in the region and sound the death knell for terrorism, he added.
Dedicating public projects worth more than Rs 290 crore to the people, Shah said Silvassa saw development only after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014. In the past five years, water, electricity, sanitation and gas had reached every household of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
He praised Akshaya Patra Foundation for their initiative of mid-day meal vans and said it would help improve the health and nutrition levels of children in the UT. He also expressed his appreciation for the Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which will provide affordable nutritious meals to labourers near their work areas.
He noted that with the beginning of the academic year in Namo Medical College, more than 150 future doctors will be trained every year, which would cater to the medical needs of the surrounding areas.
Shah hailed the establishment of Jalshakti Mantralay as an unprecedented holistic approach to the water issue. The move would yield great dividends in future.
He noted that Rs 3.5 lakh crore had been allocated in the current year's budget to ensure water supply to 14 crore households. The government was committed to providing piped water to all households by 2022. This decision of the Prime Minister will massively impact 130 crore people's lives.
Flagging the issue of plastic usage and environmental crisis, he appealed to the women to substitute plastic bags with cloth bags and said that the Prime Minister's vision of Swachh Bharat would get an impetus with this move.
Shah laid the foundation stone of Silvassa Education Hub and Paramedical Building. He launched the new tourism policy of the UT. He also flagged off mid-day meal vans, inaugurated of youth hostel and launched Shram Yogi Prasad Scheme, which would provide affordable meals to labourers near their work areas.
Present on the dais were Praful Patel, administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and other dignitaries.
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