J&K breathing new life


Kashmir Magazine

TKM Desk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 07 visited Kashmir valley where he addressed a mega public rally at Bakhshi Stadium Srinagar. During his address he said that Jammu and Kashmir was breathing freely and touching new heights of development.
Addressing a large gathering at the Viksit Bharat Viksit Jammu Kashmir programme at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, the PM said, “Jammu and Kashmir is breathing freely today and achieving new heights.”
He said that the abrogation of Article 370 had led to the respect of the youth’s talent and equal rights and equal opportunities for everyone.
“The feeling of arriving in heaven on earth cannot be put into words. This unparalleled form of nature, the air, the valley, the environment and the love and affection of Kashmiri brothers and sisters,” PM Modi said.
He also acknowledged the presence of citizens outside the venue, and more than 1 lakh people from 285 blocks connected to the event via video link.
Underlining that the new J&K was the one that had been awaited for decades, the PM said, “Shyama Prasad Mookerji had sacrificed for this J&K.”
He said that the new J&K had the sparkle for the future in its eyes and the determination to clear all obstacles.
“The 140 crore citizens of India feel at peace when they see the smiling faces of the people of J&K,” the PM said.
Expressing his gratitude for the affection of the people of J&K, he said, “Modi will not leave any stone unturned to repay this debt of affection. I’m doing all this hard work to win your hearts and I believe that I am on the right path. I will continue my efforts to win your hearts. This is Modi’s guarantee and all of you know that Modi’s guarantee means the guarantee of fulfilment of guarantee.”
Recalling his recent visit to Jammu where he started infrastructure and education projects worth Rs 32,000 crores, PM Modi mentioned today’s projects related to tourism and development, and agriculture along with appointment letters that were distributed today.
“Power of development, potential of tourism, capabilities of farmers, and leadership of the youth of J&K will pave the way for Viksit J&K,” he said. “J&K is not just a place. J&K is the head of India. A head held high is a symbol of development and respect. So, Viksit J&K is the priority of Viksit Bharat,” he said.
The PM recalled the time when laws implemented in the country were not implemented in J&K and mentioned schemes for the welfare of the poor that could not be availed by the deprived.
Highlighting the change of fortunes, he said that schemes for the entire nation had been launched today from Srinagar and J&K was leading the way for tourism in the country.
PM Modi said that people from more than 50 places in India had joined the occasion.
He touched upon the six projects that were being dedicated to the nation today under the Swadesh Darshan scheme as well as the initiation of its next phase.
The PM said that around 30 projects had been launched for various cities in the country including Srinagar while three projects had been inaugurated and 14 others launched under the PRASAD scheme.
He said that the development works being carried out in the Hazratbal shrine for the convenience of the people had also been completed.
PM Modi informed about the ‘Dekho Apna Desh People’s Choice’ campaign where 40 places had been identified by the government to be developed as tourist destinations in the next 2 years.
He said that under the campaign the government would develop the most preferred tourist destinations based on public opinion.
The PM also mentioned the ‘Chalo India’ campaign to encourage NRIs to come to India.
Congratulating the citizens of J&K for the development works, he said that it would help in developing the tourism industry of the region and creating new employment opportunities.
“When intentions are noble and there is a determination to fulfill commitments, results are bound to follow,” PM Modi said.
He highlighted the successful hosting of the G-20 summit in J&K.
Addressing the transformative growth in tourism, the PM said, “There was a time when people questioned who would visit J&K for tourism. Today, J&K is breaking all tourism records. In 2023 alone, J&K welcomed over 2 crore tourists, surpassing previous records. Over the past 10 years, the Amarnath Yatra has witnessed the highest number of the yatris participating, and Vaishno Devi also recorded a significant increase in devotee footfall.”
Highlighting the surge in foreign tourist arrivals and the growing attraction for celebrities and international guests, he said, “Now, even prominent celebrities and foreign guests visit the valleys of J&K to explore and create videos and reels.”
About agriculture, PM Modi emphasised the strength of J&K’s agricultural produce, including saffron, apples, dried fruits, and cherries, branding the region as a significant agricultural hub.
He said that the Rs 5000 crore agricultural development programme would result in unprecedented growth in the agricultural sector of J&K over the next 5 years, particularly focusing on horticulture and livestock development.
“This initiative will create thousands of new opportunities, especially in the fields of horticulture and animal husbandry,” the PM said.
He mentioned direct transfers of nearly Rs 3000 crore under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to the accounts of farmers in J&K.
“To enhance the storage capacity for fruits and vegetables and ensure their prolonged preservation, significant investments have been made to increase storage facilities in J&K,” PM Modi said.
He said that the commencement of the ‘world’s largest warehousing scheme’, would include the construction of numerous warehouses across J&K.
Noting the rapid pace of development in J&K, the PM mentioned 2 AIIMS saying AIIMS Jammu had already been inaugurated and work was going on at AIIMS Kashmir.
He talked about seven new medical colleges, two cancer hospitals and institutes like IIT and IIM in the region.
PM Modi said that 2 Vande Bharat trains were running in J&K and rail services from Srinagar to Sangaldan and from Sangaldan to Baramul had started.
“This expansion of connectivity has given a push to economic activities,” he said.
Referring to new projects to make Srinagar and Jammu smart cities, the PM said, “In the coming times, the success story of J&K will become an example for the entire world.”
Recalling his mentions of handicrafts and the cleanliness of the region in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, he underlined J&K’s connection with lotus.
Highlighting the efforts of the government for the development of the youth of J&K in every field, PM Modi said that new opportunities were being created ranging from skill development to sports and mentioned the modern sports facilities being built in every district of J&K.
He gave the example of multi-purpose indoor sports halls built in 17 districts and J&K hosting many national sports tournaments.
“J&K is emerging as the winter sports capital of the country. Nearly 1000 players participated in the recently held Khelo India Winter Games,” the PM said.
He spoke about the refugees from Pakistan, the Valmiki community and sanitation workers getting voting rights, fulfilling the demand of the Valmiki community for the SC category, reservation of seats in the assembly for Scheduled Tribes, and the inclusion of Paddari tribe, Pahari ethnic group, Gadda Brahmin and Koli communities in the Scheduled Tribes.
PM Modi also pointed out that dynastic politics in J&K deprived the right to reservation to other backward classes in panchayat, municipality, and municipal corporation as provided in the government. “Today every class is being returned its rights,” he said.
Dwelling on the transformation of the J&K Bank, the PM recalled the mismanagement of the past and called it a victim of dynasty politics and corruption.
He listed the reforms to restore the health of the bank.
PM Modi mentioned Rs 1000 crore assistance to the bank and action against wrongful appointments.
He said that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was still investigating thousands of such appointments.
The PM highlighted the transparent recruitments in the last 5 years.
“As a result, the J&K Bank profit reached Rs 1700 crores and business reached Rs 2.25 lakh crore from Rs 1.25 crore 5 years ago. Deposits also increased from Rs 80,000 crore to Rs 1.25 lakh crore. NPA that had crossed 11 percent five years ago has been brought down to below 5 percent. The share of the bank has also seen a 12-fold rise to about Rs 140 from Rs 12 five years ago,” he said. “When there is an honest government, the intention is for the welfare of the people, then the people can be brought out of every difficulty.”
Pointing out that J&K had been the biggest victim of dynastic politics since independence, PM Modi assured the people that the development campaign for J&K would not stop at any cost and that the region would develop more rapidly in the next 5 years.
He extended his best wishes to the entire nation on the holy month of Ramadan.
“It is my wish that everyone should get the message of peace and harmony from the month of Ramadan. Tomorrow is Mahashivratri, I wish everyone the best of this holy festival,” the PM said.
On the occasion, he also dedicated to the nation Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP) worth about Rs 5000 crores and launched multiple projects related to the tourism sector worth more than Rs 1400 crore under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD scheme including the project for ‘Integrated Development of Hazratbal Shrine’ in Srinagar.
PM Modi also launched the ‘Dekho Apna Desh People’s Choice Tourist Destination Poll’ and ‘Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign’ and announced tourist destinations selected under the Challenge Based Destination Development (CBDD) Scheme.
He also distributed appointment orders to about 1000 new government recruits of J&K and also interacted with beneficiaries of various government schemes including women achievers, Lakhpati Didis, farmers, and entrepreneurs.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh were also present on the occasion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met several young entrepreneurs and congratulated them for their success. A youngster from south Kashmir’s Pulwama who deals with beekeeping expressed his joy while meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Nazim Nazeer from Pulwama who is a beekeeper described his journey to the PM about expanding his business by availing benefits from the government where he bought 25 boxes for beekeeping at a 50 percent subsidy.
He also threw light on his economic growth throughout the journey where he gradually expanded to 200 boxes for beekeeping by availing Rs 5 lakh under PM’s Employment Generation Programme.
This led to Nazeer building a brand for himself and creating a website that further generated thousands of orders worth about 5000 kg across the country, growing his business to almost 2000 beekeeping boxes and engaging about 100 youth from the region.
He told the PM about receiving an FPO in 2023 which helped him grow his business.
Nazeer also thanked him for launching the Digital India initiative that has transformed the Fintech landscape in the country.
PM Modi lauded Nazeer’s effort for leading the way to a sweet revolution in J&K and congratulated him on his success.
Upon the PM’s enquiry about getting initial support from the government to establish the business, Nazeer said that even though he faced initial difficulty, the Department of Agriculture came forward and supported his cause.
Noting that the business of beekeeping was a fairly new sector, PM Modi highlighted its benefits and said that bees, in a way, work like farm labourers making it beneficial for crops.
Nazeer said that landowners were ready to offer land for beekeeping at no cost as the process was also beneficial for the farmers.
The PM suggested Nazeer research the honey produced in Central Asia around the Hindu Kush Mountains and also asked him to look towards crafting a new taste for honey by growing specific flowers around the boxes as it has a niche market.
He also mentioned similar successful efforts in Uttarakhand.
PM Modi expressed delight at Acacia Honey’s price going up to Rs 1000 per kg from Rs 400 per kg due to high demand across the world.
He lauded the clarity of thought and vision, and the courage shown by Nazeer in running his business and also congratulated his parents.
The PM said that Nazeer was also giving direction to the youth of India and becoming an inspiration.
Ahtesham Majid Bhat of Srinagar is a bakery entrepreneur who through a food technology skill development programme brought in innovations in the bakery.
She was supported by the incubation centre at Government Polytechnic for Women Skill Development. The government’s single window system helped her and her team in getting all the NoCs from various departments.
PM Modi told her that in the last 10 years, the government had been providing all the support to the crores of youth in realising their startup dreams.
He praised her for involving her friends from different districts in her entrepreneurial ventures.
“It is our efforts that the ideas of our youth do not suffer from the deficiency of resources and finance. They should move with confidence. These daughters of J&K are creating new inspiring examples for the youth of the entire nation,” the PM said.
He praised them for taking care of the underprivileged daughters.
Another young entrepreneur of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who expressed her entire business journey and challenges.
Hamida Bano of Ganderbal is involved in the dairy business.
She told PM Modi that she benefited from National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) and opened a processing unit for milk products and that she employed other women also.
She also informed him about the quality check, packaging, and marketing of products and that the milk products were devoid of preservatives.
Hamida told the PM about the elaborate way of marketing her fragile product.
He praised her for her business acumen and also for carrying on the work of nutrition.
PM Modi also complimented her for taking care of quality and doing her business in an environment-friendly way.
‘Holistic Agriculture Development Programme’
In a step that would provide a major boost to the agri-economy of J&K, the PM dedicated the ‘Holistic Agriculture Development Programme’ (HADP) to the nation.
HADP is an integrated programme encompassing the full spectrum of activities in the three major domains of agri-economy – horticulture, agriculture, and livestock husbandry in J&K.
The programme would equip about 2.5 lakh farmers with skill development via a dedicated Daksh Kisan portal.
Under the programme, about 2000 Kisan Khidmat Ghars would be established and robust value chains would be put in place for the welfare of the farming community.
The programme would lead to employment generation benefiting lakhs of marginal families in J&K.
Success story of tourism
The PM’s vision is to improve the overall experience of tourists and pilgrims visiting prominent pilgrimage and tourism sites nationwide by building world-class infrastructure and amenities at these sites.
In line with this, he dedicated to the nation and launched multiple initiatives under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD schemes worth more than Rs 1400 crore.
Projects dedicated to the nation
The projects dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi included development of ‘Integrated Development of Hazratbal Shrine’ in Srinagar, J&K; tourism facilities developed in Northeast circuit in Meghalaya; Spiritual circuit in Bihar and Rajasthan; Rural and Tirthankar circuit in Bihar; development of Jogulamba Devi Temple in Jogulamba Gadwal in Telangana; and development of Amarkantak Temple at Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh.
Dargah Hazratbal Shrine
To create world-class infrastructure and amenities for pilgrims and tourists visiting the Hazratbal shrine, and to enhance their holistic spiritual experience, the project ‘Integrated Development of Hazratbal Shrine’ has been executed.
The key components of the project include site development of the entire area including the construction of the boundary wall of the shrine; illumination of the precinct of the Hazratbal shrine; improvement of Ghats and Devri paths around the shrine; construction of the Sufi Interpretation Center; construction of Tourist Facilitation Centre; installation of sign-ages; multilevel storied car parking; construction of public convenience block, and entrance gateway of the shrine among others.
Pilgrimage Tourism
The Prime Minister also launched about 43 projects that will develop a wide range of pilgrimage and tourist sites across the country.
These include important religious sites like the Annavaram Temple at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh; Navagraha Temples at Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Puducherry; Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Templeat Mysore in Karnataka; Karni Mata Mandir at Bikaner in Rajasthan; Maa Chintpurni Temple at Una in Himachal Pradesh and Basilica of Bom Jesus Church in Goa.
Experience centre’s
The projects also include the development of various other sites and experience centres like Mechuka Adventure Park in Arunachal Pradesh; Rural Tourism Cluster Experience at Gunji, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand; Ecotourism Zone at Ananthagiri Forest, Ananthagiri, Telangana; Meghalayan Age Cave Experience and Waterfall Trails Experience at Sohra, Meghalaya;
Reimagining Cinnamara Tea Estate, Jorhat, Assam; Ecotourism experience at Kanjli Wetland, Kapurthala, Punjab and Julley, Leh Biodiversity Park in Leh.
During the programme, the Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced 42 tourist destinations selected under the Challenge-Based Destination Development (CBDD) Scheme.
The innovative scheme, announced during Union Budget 2023-24, aims to provide end-to-end tourist experiences by catalysing the development of tourist destinations while also promoting sustainability and ushering competitiveness in the tourism sector.
The 42 destinations have been identified in four categories – 16 in culture and heritage destinations, 11 in spiritual destinations, 10 in ecotourism and Amrit Dharohar, and 5 in Vibrant Village.
DEKHO APNA DESH PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2024
The PM launched the first-ever nationwide initiative to identify the pulse of the nation on tourism, in the form of ‘Dekho Apna Desh People’s Choice 2024’.
The nationwide poll aims to engage with citizens to identify the most preferred tourist attractions and understand tourist perceptions across 5 tourism categories – spiritual, cultural and heritage, nature and wildlife, adventure, and one another category.
Besides the four main categories, the other category is where one could vote for their personal favourites and help uncover hidden tourism gems in the form of unexplored tourism attractions and destinations like Vibrant Border Villages, Wellness Tourism, and Wedding Tourism.
This poll exercise is being hosted on the MyGov platform, the citizen engagement portal of the Government of India.
Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign
PM Modi also launched the ‘Chalo India Global Diaspora Campaign’ to inspire the Indian diaspora to become Incredible India ambassadors and promote tourism to India.
The campaign is being launched based on the clarion call of the PM, wherein he requested Indian diaspora members to encourage at least five non-Indian friends to travel to India.
With more than 3 crore overseas Indians, the Indian diaspora could serve as a powerful catalyst for Indian tourism, acting as cultural ambassadors.
J&K deeply connected with Lotus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a symbolic connection between the lotus, the symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The PM said that J&K has the potential to become a global success story with the lotus serving as a common motif.
He speculated whether the association of the lotus with J&K was a mere coincidence or a sign of a deeper connection.
“The success story of J&K will be the centre of attraction for the world. We see lotus everywhere in the lakes here. The logo of the J&K Cricket Association formed 50 years ago, also has a lotus. Is it a coincidence or a sign of nature that the BJP’s symbol is also a lotus and J&K has a deep connection with the lotus,” PM Modi said.
Most probably, Modi’s remarks come in the context of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, where the BJP hopes to consolidate its position in J&K. The party has made significant inroads in the region in recent years, winning seats in the state assembly and local bodies.
The lotus has been the symbol of the BJP since the party’s inception, representing purity and beauty emerging from murky waters.
The party has often used the lotus as a metaphor for its vision of transforming society and politics.
J&K has been a focal point of the BJP’s political strategy, especially since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, which stripped the erstwhile state of its special status.
The party has aimed to integrate J&K more closely with the rest of the country and bring about development and prosperity in the union territory.
The PM’s symbolic connection between the lotus and J&K reflects the BJP’s aspirations for the union territory.
As the election season heats up, it remains to be seen whether the lotus will indeed bloom in J&K, both symbolically and politically.
Congress, its allies misled people on Article 370
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Congress and its allies misled the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the name of Article 370.
“For decades, the Congress and its allies misled the people of J&K and the country for political gains in the name of Article 370. The people of J&K are now aware of the truth about whether J&K benefited from Article 370 or only a few families took advantage of it. The talent of J&K is getting its due respect today as there is no Article 370 now,” the PM said.
The Centre-led by PM Modi abrogated the provisions of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, and bifurcated the erstwhile state into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The PM did not name any regional political party and said that politics and corruption had gone hand in hand in J&K for a very long time.
Praising the huge crowd that had gathered to listen to him, he said, “I am elated and indebted for the love given to me in Kashmir.”
He said that he would return the debt of this love and leave no stone unturned in this direction.
At the occasion thousands of people from across Jammu and Kashmir gathered at Bakshi Stadium and attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally, chanting his name and wearing Modi masks.
This marked PM Modi’s first visit to Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370.
During the event, Modi unveiled development projects and participated in the ‘Viksit Bharat, Viksit Jammu Kashmir’ programme.
Security was tight, with officials managing the large crowd of supporters and ensuring normalcy as shops and businesses remained open across Kashmir.
Traffic diversions were in place around the venue, including restrictions on several routes to accommodate the VVIP visit. However, medical emergencies were assured access through the shortest possible routes.
PM Modi was received at Srinagar International Airport by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and senior BJP leaders before he laid a wreath at the War Memorial at Badami Bagh Cantonment, the headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps.
The security apparatus was heightened along PM Modi’s route to Bakshi Stadium, with stringent measures in place to prevent any untoward incidents.
Surveillance drones, CCTV cameras, and increased foot patrols were deployed while marine commandos were stationed in water bodies to prevent subversive activities.
Officials here said tight security arrangements were in place but there were no restrictions on the movement of people. Life was normal across Kashmir and most shops and other business establishments were open here, the officials said.
They said there were no restrictions on the movement of the people in any part of Kashmir, except for traffic diversions around the venue of the PM’s rally.
During this visit, PM Modi focused on development, launching projects worth over Rs 6400 crore.
People from various regions of Kashmir had travelled to Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar to attend the PM’s speech. Tariq Ahmad Khan, 40, from Srinagar downtown highlighted the positive changes in Srinagar downtown since 2019 saying that with increased peace, youth had gotten engaged in education rather than conflict.
Many people were seen wearing tricolour turbans and waving BJP flags, showcasing their support and enthusiasm for the PM’s visit to Srinagar. The vibrant display of colours and flags added to the festive atmosphere at the Bakshi Stadium.
Abdul Gaffar Sheikh, 66, a farmer from Shopian praised the government’s development efforts especially schemes aimed at improving farmers’ lives.
Sheikh highlighted the positive impact these initiatives had on the agricultural sector, bringing tangible benefits to farmers like him. Many people walked over 5 km to reach Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar. Zahoor Ahmad from Kulgam said he left home at 3 am to reach Srinagar.
“I didn’t know how I would get here as most people were asleep. I didn’t have any transportation. I walked around 4-6 km and then a group of people in a load carrier heading towards the rally gave me a lift, and I reached Srinagar on time,” he said.
Ahmad is worried about the problems faced by daily wage workers.
He expressed hope that PM Modi would help solve those issues.
“If the PM helps us, he will gain the support of all Kashmiri daily wagers in the upcoming elections,” Ahmad said.
Muhammad Maqbool Mir from Ganderbal said, “I faced many challenges getting to the stadium because some roads were closed for security reasons. However, I understood that these measures were for everyone’s safety. Security personnel helped and guided us to alternative routes to reach the stadium.”
PM building ‘Khushaal J&K’, says Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was building a khushaal Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to a huge rally at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, the LG said, “The PM is building a khushaal J&K, providing a new momentum to infrastructure development to shape J&K’s economic trajectory and has linked the aspirations of J&K with the aspirations of the country.”
He said that today, the crown jewel of the country was shining with new glory.
“The PM has ensured that fruits of development reach all sections of society and opportunities of growth, justice, and dignity are equally available to all the citizens,” LG Sinha said.
He thanked the PM for dedicating the Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP) project for ‘Integrated Development of Hazratbal Shrine’ and blessing the new government recruits by distributing the appointment orders.
“Rapid and inclusive development of J&K has been the top priority of PM since 2014. He has dedicated every moment to restoring the rights of people who have been living on the margins for decades and ushered a new era of peace, prosperity, and hope,” the LG said.
He said that the PM had put women’s power at the forefront of J&K’s development journey.
“The rights of women have been restored and new entrepreneur schemes are making them financially independent and providing Nari Shakti a life of dignity,” LG Sinha said. “Every citizen of J&K has got the opportunity to live life as per their wish. Youth are being provided with opportunities to harness their full potential and they are driving socio-economic development.”
He said that the dreams of every citizen of J&K had got new wings and their wings had got an infinite sky of opportunities.
“Bakshi stadium has a capacity of 35,000 and besides this around 25,000 chairs have been put up here. The way people of Kashmir have come here to attend PM Modi’s programme, this stadium is full. I want to apologise to the people who are not able to get a place to sit. If there would have been a ground of 2 lakh capacity, even that ground would be overflowing with the people of Kashmir. This is the kind of love the people of Kashmir have for PM Modi,” the LG said.
He said that under the leadership of the PM, there was a new dynamism in infrastructure development.
“Z-Morh tunnel worth more than Rs 2378 crore will be completed by June this year. Work on the Zojila tunnel project worth Rs 4500 crore is going on which will provide round-the-year connectivity to Sonamarg,” LG Sinha said.
A selfie with PM
After getting the praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar, a young entrepreneur from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Nazim Nazeer snapped a selfie with the PM.
During the rally, PM Modi mentioned the entrepreneurial journey of Nazeer, whom he referred to as his friend.
Later, the PM shared his selfie with Nazeer on social media and praised him for his achievements and wished him success in his future endeavours.
“A memorable selfie with my friend Nazim. I was impressed by the good work he’s doing. At the public meeting, he requested a selfie and was happy to meet him. My best wishes for his future endeavours,” the PM posted on X along with the selfie.
PM Modi commended Nazeer for leading a “sweet revolution” in Kashmir and recognised the agricultural impact of beekeeping, stating that bees also help in farming.
He praised Nazeer for choosing a different path from the traditional career options of doctor or engineer and encouraged him to continue his entrepreneurial journey.
Nazeer thanked the administration for organising the event and selecting him for an interaction with the PM.
He suggested aspiring entrepreneurs start small and work hard, emphasising that there were no shortcuts to success.
Reflecting on his interaction with PM Modi, Nazeer described the moment when he requested a selfie with the PM as joyful.
He thanked the PM for his willingness to take a selfie, describing it as a memorable moment.
As the interaction at the event went on, PM Modi asked him what he wanted to become when he was young.
Nazeer said his parents wanted him to become either a doctor or an engineer, but he wanted to do something else.
“Your family recognised your potential. You could have become a doctor but you didn’t take that route. And by doing that, you led Kashmir’s sweet revolution. Many, many congratulations,” the PM said. “This is a completely new sector because bees help in farming also. So your work helps other farmers.”