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Modi in Kashmir: 80k crore to change ‘Kashmir’s fortune’

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again created history today during his landmark addresses at Sher-i-Kashmir stadium by declaring a developmental package of Rs 80,000 crore for “changing the fortunes’ of the economically crippled state of Jammu & Kashmir.

Reiterating that he felt the pains of the people of the state, Modi said, “Jammu and Kashmir always beckons me.”

Despite the separatists leaders claiming that Modi had once again tried to win Kashmir by splashing cash, most people lauded the move as the state badly needed financial aid to develop infrastructure that was ravaged by flood.

Rs 34000 crore would be utilised for improving connectivity in the state. Modi, in Kashmir, said, “roads will be constructed so that transportation takes less time.”

Calling out to the youth, Modi assured that premier institutes like IIT would come up in Jammu & Kashmir for grooming them and transforming them into efficient and employable human resource.

Modi further said that the government was actively considering to develop ICT in the state for the welfare of the people. “Besides highways, we also need i-ways (optical fibre network for information and communications infrastructure). It would also be set up in the state,” said Modi.

Modi further stated that the package was just the beginning of a change, the treasury and heart of Delhi was available for the Kashmiris. “I will do here (Kashmir) what I did to Gujrat after the earthquake,” he said.

Focussed on the areas of employment generation through skill development and education, road and information infrastructure, health and rehabilitation, Modi tried to strike a conversation with the state as it has traditionally been neglected by the centre.

PM Modi talked about inclusion and why the whole nation must develop. He stressed on the fact that “every citizen of India’s support” as well as “every part’s progress is required.”

Promising of ushering in a new and stronger Kashmir, Modi pledged to make the state the top tourist destination with special focus on adventure and eco-tourism other than developing the beautiful landscapes that make it the heaven of the world. The state doesn’t get as many tourists as it should because of poor infrastructure as well as militancy issues.

Through his dynamic speech, Modi once again proved his brilliance to turn things in his favour. The opposition, like Omar Abdullah, wasn’t happy with the package as he believed, “PM Modi has made the same mistake of weighing the Kashmir issue in rupees and paise.”

Here is the link of PM’s speech at Sher-I-Kashmir stadium:

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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a speech. IANS

New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)