Sonia links development with ecological concerns

‘Ecology, Biodiversity Need To Be Protected While Carrying Out Development’

GK NEWS NETWORK

Kishtwar, June 25: Against the backdrop of the Uttarakhand disaster, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi Tuesday stressed that the ecology and biodiversity should be protected while carrying out developmental and other activities in eco-fragile regions.
"I believe that the ecology and biodiversity should be protected while carrying out developmental and other activities," Gandhi said while speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of 850-MW Rattle power project in this remote district of Jammu and Kashmir.
She said projects like Rattle should benefit the local population.
The UPA chairperson said that Gandhi family has a special likening for the Chenab Valley region of Jammu and Kashmir. “Late  Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were deeply concerned for the development of this hilly area and wanted to see it  progress on all fronts”, she said adding; “It was late Indira Gandhi who laid the foundation of the first Hydel Power Project in the area at Dulhasti in the year 1983”.
She also applauded Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is a former J&K Chief Minister, for the leadership shown by him in the state.
Gandhi expressed the hope that the people whose land has been acquired for the Rattle power project will get adequate compensation.
The UPA chairperson condoled the death of eight army soldiers who died in a militant attack in Srinagar on Monday.
Gandhi said the people of Jammu and Kashmir have shown determination to put the state on the path of peace, progress and development.
She also expressed satisfaction over the increasing number of youth from the state qualifying UPSC examinations.
"The JK youth have shown that given an opportunity, they can do well at all levels," Gandhi said.
Noting that the central government has launched several schemes for development and employment generation in the state, she said; "The Centre has launched Udaan and Himayat schemes for upgrading employment skills of the youth in the state. Recently, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi launched Umeed scheme for making the women of the state self-reliant," she said.
Gandhi said the JK government has taken several steps for inter-linking many parts of the state.
Maintaining that the centre was making every effort to see the state of Jammu and Kashmir progressing on all fronts, she said the UPA government provided liberal funding to the state for launching massive road connectivity programme in the state.
She said Mughal Road, connecting Jammu region with Kashmir, was among various such significant projects.  She said the railway line linking Jammu region with Kashmir valley was another big achievement which would accelerate trade and commerce in the state besides opening new avenues for employment.
Gandhi also made a mention of Bhaderwah-Chamba road and said that it would provide another surface link to the state with rest of the country. (WITH INPUTS FROM PTI)

Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 IST




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