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JAMMU: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Wednesday underscored the potential of the Udhampur-Baramulla Rail Link Project in exponentially boosting the tourism and economy in Kashmir and fixed August 15, 2020 as deadline for its completion.Reviewing the progress of the prestigious rail link project of the national importance, while chairing the 34th PRAGATI interaction with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of States/UTs through video-conference, the Prime Minister sought its completion in a time bound manner as per deadline fixed.Chief Secretary, J&K, B V R Subrahmanyam along with Administrative Secretaries of departments of Health & Medical Education, and Jal Shakti participated in the video conference.Prime Minister reviewed 11 projects related to 7 Ministries including the Udhampur-Baramulla Rail link being constructed in Jammu & Kashmir. The link will connect Kashmir valley with a railway line, Prime Minister was informed that all the issues have been resolved and works are progressing smoothly.Reviewing the progress of Ayushman Bharat- Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) across the country, Prime Minister said that the scheme not only provides financial relief but also acts as a safety net to the underprivileged families which would earlier be pushed into poverty when befallen by serious illnesses. Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir has recently launched Ayushman Bharat- ‘Sehat’ and extended the free-of-cost and cashless healthcare benefits to all the residents of the Union Territory.Prime Minister said that through the Jal Jeevan Mission- Har Ghar Nal Se Jal, every rural household in the country will be provided with a clean drinking water supply in adequate quantity by 2024. These efforts will lead to an improvement in living standards of rural communities and thereby must be taken up on mission-mode by all the States and UTs, he added.It was informed that in Jammu and Kashmir, the mission has been completed in two districts and the rest will be completed by 2022.
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