On 19th April 2016, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Jammu and Kashmir. He inaugurated Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital and attended convocation event at the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University where he addressed the students and college faculty. PM Modi also inaugurated Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Sports Complex and addressed public meeting in Katra.

While addressing a large gathering, PM Modi appreciated the efforts, enthusiasm and energetic leadership of Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti. He recalled the former CM of the State Shri Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who was always eager to develop various sectors of the State. PM Modi said that Jammu and Kashmir is a beautiful city and the pride of our country.

Visiting here, Shri Narendra Modi got an opportunity to meet the students at the convocation function. Addressing the people at the inauguration of sports complex, he explained the importance of sports and sportsman spirit because of which players can achieve success. According to him, sportsman spirit encourages the players to play a fair game with the other teams. The players should join forces to achieve the mindset targets. The sports complex in here will provide an amazing opportunity to the youth who want to join sports and make their career in this field.

PM Modi also mentioned about FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which is to be held in our country. This event will boost up the confidence level of youth and motivate to join the football game. He wants India to achieve success in Football game. This sports complex will create passionate environment for the players so that they can involve their true efforts to boost up their energy level.

According to PM Modi, Shrine Board has taken many initiatives for the development of citizens in Jammu and Kashmir. He mentioned about the Preventive Health Care and Cleanliness which is essential for every human being. It can change our lifestyle to a great success. According to the International Experts, there is an average expenditure of 7000 Rupees in the poor families due to unhygienic conditions in the living and surrounding environment. There is 40% death ratio of small kids who are not following hygienic conditions in their daily routine. While eating with dirty hands, germs enter our body which leads to contamination and infection. Opting Preventive Health Care, people need not to depend on the doctor’s or health care centers. In this way, they can save their valuable time and money. He also described the benefits of Yoga, which is important for our wellness and health.

PM Modi appreciated the efforts of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board who has been taking initiatives for implementing the development schemes in this city like Sports Complex, Hospital and University. He said that from now onwards, people do not have to wait for proper medical treatment as the medical faculty in Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialty Hospital will provide the best treatment to the patients who are suffering from hazardous health disorders. Proper Health Care Tourism in here will also invite the tourist attraction during holidays.

PM Modi said that our government is looking forward to the development of 1.25 Crore young people who are eager to contribute their efforts and skills for the country. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Kutch to Kamrup, we are implementing development process in all four corners, covering Infrastructure, Education, and Living Facilities. He said that the Central and State Government are working together for the infrastructure development in Jammu and Kashmir. He recalled Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who wants to develop various sectors of J&K. Along with this, we should focus on the advanced tourism like adventure, spiritual activities, modern infrastructure, amenities, roadways and railway sector to attract tourists from all over the world.

PM Modi also addressed 5th Convocation Function of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra where he laid stress on hard work to achieve the dreams. Explaining the importance of education, he said that there will be many questions in your mind that what you will do after completing education. However, the individuals who understand the importance, will need not to depend on others for the livelihood. With your achievement, you can make your parents proud of you, who have struggled a lot for your education. They sacrificed their own happiness for your dreams. With this, you can turn their dreams into reality. According to him, students should focus in the field of their interest. Following the right path, they can achieve all what they want. He mentioned that this university is built for through the contribution of pilgrims who came from faraway places.


With this brilliant talent, India has become the first country to achieve the MARS mission successfully. The country who has such an intelligent youth has complete right to see dreams of development in different fields. While addressing students, he said that he is observing Mini India of the 21st Century in here. In this era of education and knowledge, India has been showing ways for development to various countries of the world. He also mentioned about Shri APJ Abdul Kalam, the Missile Man who with strong will power, had achieved great success in his career.

Along with this, he described power of young generation who are brilliant to make their own ways to achieve the targets. According to him, our country is scaling the new heights of development with the skilled efforts of young generation. From Upanishad to Satellite and Gurukul to Visavakul, we have been progressing with a fast pace.

Contributor: Sunpreet Kaur