Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah launched e-bus service in Jammu and distributed more than one thousand appointment letters for Jammu & Kashmir Combined Examination-2024 and compassionate appointment through video conferencing from New Delhi on Thursday. Amit Shah also launched 100 fully air-conditioned e-buses in Jammu.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that this project has started with the operation and maintenance of these buses for 12 years at a cost of INR 561 crore. India has spread environmental awareness throughout the world and best steps in this direction have been taken in the country. The Modi government has implemented schemes for e-buses in the entire country and under the same measure, Jammu is getting 100 e-buses today. Of these, 25 buses are 12 meters long and 75 buses are 9 meters long. A reliable, comfortable, economical and durable public transport facility for the people of Jammu has started from today. These buses will ply from Jammu to Katra, Kathua, Udhampur and on the internal routes of Jammu. These buses will not only remove the commuting problems of the people in the coming days, but will also be very useful from the environmental point of view.
The Union Home Minister said that today 209 successful candidates of Jammu and Kashmir Combined Examination-2024 batch have also received their appointment letters. These include 96 officers of the Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service, 63 officers of Account Gazette Service and 50 officers of Police Service. He said that from today a new beginning is being made in the lives of these officers and the thinking of these officers at this point of time will help in paving the way for their entire life. Due to the transparent system under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s regime, these officers have got these jobs on the basis of merit. Amit Shah said that today 885 people have also received appointment letters under compassionate appointment. He said that after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A since August 2019, 34,440 vacancies have been filled out of which 24,000 have been filled by Jammu & Kashmir Service Selection Board, 3900 by Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission, 2637 by Jammu & Kashmir Police and 2436 by Jammu & Kashmir Bank. He said that no scope for corruption has been left to filling these appointments.
Shah said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha a new era of peace and security has begun in Jammu & Kashmir. He said that investment of INR 297 crore came to J&K in 2019-20, which increased to INR 2153 crore in 2022-23. Along with this, an investment of INR 6,000 crore is in the pipeline. He said that GSDP was INR one lakh crore in 2014-15, which increased more than 2 times to INR 2,27,927 crore in 2022-23. Earlier, there were 94 colleges in Jammu & Kashmir, today there are 147, there were no IIM, IIT, and AIIMS, today IIM, IIT, and two AIIMS have been established. Similarly, there were four medical colleges, now seven new medical colleges have been established. There was not even a single nursing college, today there are 15 nursing colleges, medical seats were 500, now they have increased to 1300, PG seats were 367, now 300 more seats have been added and 3000 nursing seats have also been increased.
Amit Shah said that 173 projects have been completed in Jammu under the Smart City Mission and homes for 1,45,000 people have been allocated within a very short period from 2019 to 2024. He said that the work of providing tap water to the houses of 13 lakh people has been done and along with this, the entire health expenses of up to INR 5 lakh of 82 lakh people are being borne by the Government of India and the Government of Jammu & Kashmir.