Kishtwar, Nov 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday promised to bring the film industry back to the Kashmir Valley , which he said would help in solving the problem of unemployment in the state.
"The film industry was crazy about Kashmir. So many films were shot here, but they went away. I want to bring them back and give employment to youths here," Prime Minister Modi said at a rally here.
He gave Kutch region, which is now the fastest growing district in Gujarat, as the example before the Kashmiris saying, "if the Kutch region could develop, the same was possible here".
"I visited Kutch as the Gujarat Chief Minister. Kutch has significant population of Muslims. Earlier if someone was posted to Kutch it was seen as a punishment posting, but now I can say this that Kutch is the fastest growing district. If development can be brought in Kutch, then the same applies for Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
Modi said that state had potential to generate enough electricity that can supply electricity to the entire country.
Taking a jibe at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Prime Minister Modi said, "Gujarat has less rainfall and scarcity of drinking water. We built a pipeline and the water of the Narmada is now supplied to 9,000 houses."
"Jammu and Kashmir has Chenab next to it. Can not they supply water here?" he asked.
The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls will be held in five-phases beginning on November 25. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.
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