Srinagar: Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers welfare Kilash Choudhary on Friday assured orchardists all possible compensation against the damage caused to apple orchards due to recent unseasonal snowfall after proper survey of damaged.
Addressing a gathering during his visit to Shopian district of south Kashmir, Kailash said that the damage caused due to the recent snowfall to the orchards, the orchardists would get compensation after proper survey of damaged apple orchards by a team of revenue officers of the district.
Terming Kashmir as a paradise on earth, he said that the Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making all efforts to keep its essence intact by providing overall development of the area, especially the hilly district of Shopian.
“All the requests, issues and grievances projected by the orchardists have been taken note of and the same would be taken up at Union level as well as with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinhafor for the redressal,” Kailash Choudhary added.
He assured that hilly tourism, eco-tourism and horticulture tourism will be taken up on priority.
The representative of Fruit Growers Association put forth some issues and demands which include Flood Protection Wall, National Highway Status for Fruit Mandi .
The Minister was apprised that the Mandi provides employment at least to 10000 unemployed youth but the need of the hour is to develop it further. The said fruit and vegetable Mandi Agler is expanded over 300 Kanals of land, the minister was told.
The Minister highlighted the importance of roads in bringing about all round positive development and empowering the villages.
Kailash Choudhary expressed his gratitude for being among the people of Shopian.
During his interaction with youth from different areas of the district, he said that an indigenous mechanism has been established to address the needs of youth.
He said that only youth can bring change in any sphere of life and without their participation transformation is quite impossible.
The minister said Youth Clubs are necessary and stressed the need for engaging youth of Shopian and making them equal partners in the development of stability and sustainability of a prosperous district and said that the Government has included the young generation in the development process so that they can actively participate in designing the path to transform the entire community.
The Union Minister stated that the Government of India and the UT Government under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is providing a vibrant medium for engagement and empowerment of youth, so the need of the hour is that youth should come forward and avail of the benefits of the schemes launched by the Government in this section by establishing Units to be able to earn and live a luxurious life with dignity.