Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir): Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said that, despite the current tension prevailing along the border, the morale of the people living in border areas is very high and even though the administration is making arrangements for their shifting to safer places, the residents of border villages say that they are ready to face any eventuality as long as it helps teach a lesson to the enemy.
The Minister was addressing a public function in the border district of Kathua. He invoked the spirit of Bapu on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and observed “non-violence is not a virtue of the meek or week”, and added “non-violence does not imply succumbing to violence.”
Paying rich tributes to military and para-military personnel who lost their precious lives during the recent turmoil in Kashmir, Singh said, we can never repay for their sacrifice and the nation will remain eternally indebted to its martyred Jawans.
Singh said that Gandhi Jayanti assumes special significance in the present context as on this day, the entire nation is rededicating itself to “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (cleanliness campaign) on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that it is the sincerity of purpose, honesty and commitment of Modi that every section of society in every nook and corner of the country, is today inspired to join the cleanliness drive.
Citing his personal example, Singh said that when the Prime Minister gave a call for building toilets for women in his very first address to nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15 August 2014, he was himself so inspired that he decided to take up a project to build 1200 toilets for villages along the International Border of Kathua district and it is a matter of satisfaction that over 100 such toilets already have been made.
Earlier, Singh inaugurated a Vigyan Mela (sciene fair) and Science Exhibition put up by school children. He went around the stalls of different streams of science. Congratulating the students for their aptitude for experimentation and innovation, he said, he will, in the times to come, not only provide more of scientific equipment for the schools, but would also arrange for students to travel to other parts of the country and visit certain prominent laboratories and Space Centres for further exposure.
On this occasion, Singh donated computers with tables and other equipment for schools in the region. He also announced that a tourist spot will be developed in the Mandi area out of funds from MPLAD and other sources. In addition, he announced the setting up of solar lights in the surrounding rural areas. In response to a popular demand he also offered to set up an upgraded Dental Section for medical management from his funds and resources.