PM Modi announces a Rs 80,000 crore package for Jammu and Kashmir

Ramban: In a bid to reach out to people of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee and announced a Rs 80,000 crore package saying funds would not be a constraint in building a modern, progressive and prosperous state.

Recalling the words of the former Prime Minister– “Kashmiriyat, Jamhooriyat aur Insaniyat’ (Kashmiri culture, democracy, and humanity), he said, “I will like to follow these three mantras which are the pillars of development of Kashmir”.

Addressing a public meeting at the heavily-guarded Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium, the Prime Minister did not make any reference to the stalled dialogue process with Pakistan or initiating a talks with separatists as was widely expected by his alliance partner PDP and rivals.

“I don’t need advice or analysis from anyone in this world on Kashmir. The three mantras of Atalji and these will be helpful in moving forward. Kashmiriyat ke bina Hindustan adhura hai. (Without Kashmiriyat, India is incomplete). Sufi tradition has emerged from this land and this tradition has taught us oneness and strength of unity,” he said.