Srinagar, July 21: After inaugurating 44 digital village centers in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that a new era of development has rightly started in the Union Territory, which has taken a giant leap towards inclusive development.
"A new era of development has rightly started in Jammu and Kashmir, and we have taken a giant leap towards inclusive development. Today, 44 panchayats, 40 blocks have been dedicated to the people in the form of Digital Village Centres and arrangements have been made to reach out with all the online schemes of the government," said Sinha.
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Further, he stated that the initiative will enable the government to disseminate its program and policies through a readily available system. He also distributed small commercial vehicles to 250 youth from across the UT under the 'Mumkin' scheme of the Mission Youth program in a distribution event held at SKICC here.
Congratulating the youth who were handed over the keys of small commercial vehicles, the Lt Governor wished for their successful future as they embark on a new journey as self-employed entrepreneurs. "The collective commitment of all the programs for youth is to provide them opportunities for a career and become job providers apart from becoming successful entrepreneurs", added the Lt Governor.
He informed that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir has got a new industrial development scheme of Rs 28,400 crore. "When this scheme was launched earlier this year, our estimate was to attract Rs 20,000-25,000 crores. But seeing the interest and enthusiasm of investors, it seems that this figure could reach around Rs 50,000 crores. Similarly, the estimate of employment generation under the New Industrial Development scheme would also get doubled," he said.
Enumerating various initiatives taken by the Government for the economic empowerment of women, the Lt Governor mentioned, inter alia, the 'Tejaswini' program and the 'Hausla' scheme started by the Jammu and Kashmir administration for the women, under which training and market linkages will be provided to them.