PM Modi Says There is a Mini India in Jammu and Kashmir
PM Modi addressing the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (Photo: ANI)
PM Modi addressing the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (Photo: ANI)

PM Modi Says There is a Mini India in Jammu and Kashmir

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to the youth of the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir, and said it represented a “mini-India.” He urged them to “dream to do something and not to become someone” as he dedicated a super speciality hospital to the people of the state.

Modi addressing the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University near Jammu, said:

The 21st century belongs to those who have the power of knowledge. 

He inaugurated the 250-bed super specialty state-of-the-art hospital set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The nearly Rs 300 crore hospital is located at Kakryal near Katra, the town at the base of the famed hill shrine.

The facility has some 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, according to the shrine board.

It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computerised diagnostic and treatment equipment, including Linear Accelerator, Brachy Therapy, Gamma Camera and MRI.

PM Narendra Modi during the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir on April 19, 2016.  (Photo: IANS/PIB)
PM Narendra Modi during the 5th Convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University at Katra in Jammu and Kashmir on April 19, 2016. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh and state Health Minister Bali Bhagat were present when Modi inaugurated the hospital.

Addressing the students of the university later, Modi wished them “all the best, especially to the girls who won laurels here”.

There is a mini-India in Jammu and Kashmir. Dream to do something and not to become someone. India was reaching new levels in development and “with 800 million youth, India can achieve more heights.” Let’s pledge that we will do something for poor.

Modi’s visit to the state comes as parts of the Kashmir Valley have been under siege after deadly clashes between protesters and security forces left at least five people dead.

Tension continues to simmer under the surface of relative calm in several towns and villages in north Kashmir amid a strict curfew and heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces.

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