Congress leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Congress has the creditable distinction of being well-wisher of the backward and hilly region of Ladakh.
Azad said the landmark decision of the Congress to establish an Autonomous Hill Development Council at Leh in early nineties gave a new model of addressing the legitimate urges and aspirations of the people of the neglected areas.
Azad said this while addressing public meetings at Padum and Sanku in the Zanskar constituency of the Kargil district. He was accompanied by Ghulam Raza Congress candidate and former MLA.
"I am extremely happy that the people of Kargil are adequately reaping the benefits of the people-centric and empowering initiatives conceived by the Congress to address the local urges and aspirations, in addition to opening new vistas of progress and prosperity for the people of Kargil," he stated.
Urging the people to support Congress candidates in the upcoming assembly elections, Azad said he was confident that people of Ladakh would acknowledge the role that the Congress has played in the socio-economic advancement of both Kargil and Leh.
He said all along his political career, he strived to foster the process of progress and prosperity in Leh as well as Kargil.
Appreciating the urge of local doctors of Kargil and Leh to learn new techniques and skills, Azad said that as health minister, he organised short-term training courses for local specialists at PGI, Chandigarh, and AIIMS, New Delhi, to enable them to provide quality healthcare services.
"The Congress has been concerned about the welfare of the remote and backward areas as it has never endorsed the exploitative politics played by certain political forces to gain votes of people and its real agenda will continue to be welfare and upliftment of the people," he claimed.