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PM gifts 80K-cr package to J&K

PM gifts 80K-cr package to J&K
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an economic bonanza of Rs 80,000 crore for Jammu & Kashmir, eight months after the BJP came together with the PDP to form the state government.

Srinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced an economic bonanza of Rs 80,000 crore for Jammu & Kashmir, eight months after the BJP came together with the PDP to form the state government.

Modi, during his day-long visit to the state, invoked ex-prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's three-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue. The jam packed Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here erupted in joyous rapture when Modi announced the much awaited economic package for the state.

Modi said: "This is not the end, but the beginning of my dream for Kashmir. Not only Delhi's treasures, but Delhi's heart is for the people of Kashmir," he added speaking in Hindi.

The all inclusive package will cover relief for the 2014 flood victims, farmers, businessmen, youth employment, tourism, infrastructure development, education and healthcare.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the 450-megawatt second phase of the Baglihar power project in Ramban district in Jammu region and the four-laning of the Udhampur-Bannihal stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Modi said in Srinagar that "we have to follow the path shown by Atal ji. From this stage, Atal ji had raised the slogan of 'Kashmiriyat' (eclectic, Kashmiri culture), 'Jamhooriyat' (democracy) and 'Insaaniyat' (human values)". "I repeat those words and say that the development of Jammu and Kashmir has to stand on those three pillars.

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