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MUMBAI: In a harsh attack on the BJP, the Shiv Sena today charged that the saffron party opted out of power in Jammu and Kashmir after spreading anarchy, and said history will never forgive the party for its “greed”. When the BJP failed to check terrorism and violence in the northern state it pinned blame on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the Sena said comparing the move to the way Britishers “decamped” from India.

It also lashed out at Pime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “running a nation is not a child’s play.” Jammu and Kashmir was yesterday placed under Governor’s rule for the fourth time in the last one decade after the BJP withdrew support to its alliance partner PDP, prompting Mehbooba Mufti to resign as the chief minister. “The BJP opted out of power in Kashmir after spreading anarchy in the valley,” the Sena alleged in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

“The situation had never deteriorated to this extent there, rivers of blood had never flown so extensively and never had so many jawans lost their lives before,” said the BJP’s ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra. All this happened during the BJP’s rule in the valley. However, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was blamed and the saffron party opted out of power like a gentleman, it quipped.

“The government in Kashmir was formed due to greed (of the BJP). The country, jawans and people of Kashmir had to pay a heavy price for this greediness. Thus, history will never forgive the BJP for this,” the Marathi publication said. It said Prime Minister Modi and his party were voted to power at the Centre after he promised a solution to end terrorism in Kashmir. “But people today feel the (previous) Congress-National Conference (coalition) government in Kashmir was better. Today Kashmiris are attacking the Army, terrorists are attacking Army posts. Jawans are being martyred everyday and innocent people are losing their lives,” the Sena rued.

The defence minister offers condolences to families of martyrs on tweets, it said in remarks laced with sarcasm. Ruling a nation is not a child’s play, it added. Taking a dig at the prime minister’s frequent foreign tours, it said while Modi travels around the world, the United Nations in its report on Kashmir blamed the government for violation of human rights on people.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also sought to know what happened to assurances of ‘ghar wapsi’ (homecoming) of Kashmiri Pandits and striking down Article 370 of the Constitution. “Terrorism has increased by a thousand times after demonetisation. Intrusions by Pakistanis have increased. Deaths of soldiers have increased despite there being no war. When you failed to stop all this, you pinned the blame on the PDP. Britishers too decamped in the same manner,” it charged. The PDP-BJP government in the northern state collapsed on Tuesday ending the saffron outfit’s three-year- old alliance with the regional party.

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NEW DELHI: The State Government has started a free bus service for the Migrant Pandit Community living outside Jammu and Kashmir to travel for annual pilgrimage of Khir Bhawani mela to held at Tulmulla, Ganderbal, on June20. As a part of good will gesture about 120 pilgrims were flagged off from 5-Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi by the Special Cell established for migrants.

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NEW DELHI: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Tuesday interacted with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana beneficiaries from across the country, through video bridge. This is the third in the series of video bridge interactions by the Prime Minister with various beneficiaries of Government schemes. Expressing delight at interacting with Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that such interactions help in understanding various aspects of the scheme, including areas that needs to be improved. Prime Minister further added that Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is not just about brick and mortar but about providing better quality of life and dreams coming true.

 

Addressing the beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that the last 4 years, Government has taken a mission mode approach towards providing housing for all. Government is working towards ensuring that every Indian has a home by 2022, when India will celebrate its 75 years of independence, Prime Minister added. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Government plans to build around three crore houses in rural areas and one crore houses in urban areas. The Government has so far given sanctions to build more than 47 lakh houses in urban areas, which is 4 times more than the sanctions given by the previous government in 10 years. Similarly, sanctions have been given to build more than one crore houses in the rural areas compared to 25 lakh sanctions by the previous government in its last 4 years. Government has also been able to reduce the time needed to build a house from 18 months to 12 months, thereby saving about 6 months.

 

Emphasizing on the changes brought by the present government in PMAY, Prime Minister said that the size of houses built have been increased to 25 square metre from 20 square metres. Also the financial assistance for the scheme has also been enhanced upto Rs. 1,25,000 from the earlier allocation of Rs. 70,000 - 75,000. During the interaction, Prime Minister said that Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is linked with the dignity of the citizens and the focus of the Yojana is to ensure more women, Divyang sisters and brothers, SC, ST, OBC, and Minority communities get access to housing.

 

Engaging with beneficiaries, Prime Minister said that PMAY has created employment opportunities for all. In order to strengthen the scheme, Government is working towards skill development to ensure faster, and quality construction of houses. As part of it, government has started training about one lakh masons. In addition, Government has also started training female masons in many states, thereby resulting in women empowerment. Interacting with the Prime Minister, all the beneficiaries expressed happiness in owning a house, which has always been a dream. They also explained how it has changed their life and improved the quality of life.