Jammu and Kashmir must set an example for others in delivering public services: LG Sinha
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha visited Bandipora on Wednesday and chaired a high-level meeting to review the development scenario in the district.
The Lieutenant Governor assessed the progress of the implementation of central government and UT development programs and projects on the ground.
During his visit, Lt Governor inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for various projects worth Rs 68.98 cr which will benefit all sections of society.
The Lieutenant Governor requested a detailed report on major infrastructure projects, road connectivity, Lake Wullar conservation, district capital expenditures, upgrades to electrical, health, education and road infrastructure; Citizen-centred services; implementation of social protection programs, in particular programs targeting youth, women and farmers. The Lieutenant Governor directed relevant officers to ensure the saturation of all social security schemes and to make improvements in the delivery of public services.
The Lieutenant Governor asked officers to ensure that the benefits of online services reach people, and that they do not suffer from the lack of these services.
“Transactions between government and citizens must be fully transparent to meet the aspirations of a modern society. Jammu and Kashmir must set an example for others in the delivery of public services. An integrated system and a strategic plan are needed for the empowerment of farmers, women and youth. Our efforts must enhance their potential and progressively transform their lives,” the Lieutenant Governor said.
Address bottlenecks of all key infrastructure projects and projects under district Capex, centrally sponsored programs and the goal of completing projects on schedule, the Lt. Governor directed officials .
The lieutenant governor also reviewed the winter preparation of the administration and various departments in the district.
Instructions have been issued for the preparation of a district level winter preparedness response plan, including clearing of highways, major district roads, PMGSY and village roads and proper operation hospitals, electricity and water supply systems, educational establishments in priority.
The Lieutenant Governor has instructed the Deputy Commissioner to regularly review progress on JJM and other water supply projects.
While reviewing progress in the electricity sector, the Lieutenant Governor ordered 100% coverage of electric meters in the district.
He also led the effective implementation of Power’s amnesty program in the district and solicited feedback on the program. He was informed that the department is getting a good response from electricity consumers.
The lieutenant governor stressed the need to take specific steps to improve the district’s literacy rate and sex ratio.
It also assessed the efforts made for the promotion of tourism and culture and the facilities created in tourist places.
The President was informed that Gurez, Wullar and other festivals have received huge public participation and witnessed a substantial increase in tourist attendance from 12,000 to 35,000 in 2022.
Detailed discussions were held on employment and livelihood generation, self-employment, public awareness programs, skills development, sports and youth engagement programs and activities underway in the district.
“We need to provide the necessary support and training for anyone considering starting their own business. I am sure that with the help of the administration, young entrepreneurs will keep the wheels of progress moving,” the Lieutenant Governor said.
Reviewing the state of development of the industrial sector, the president was informed that 160 applications have been received for the establishment of industrial units in the district. The Lieutenant Governor requested the district administration and relevant departments to facilitate rapid implementation on the ground.
As part of the sports and youth engagement, more than 1,10,000 young people participated in different events during the current year. Playing fields have been made operational in all panchayats, and Polo has been revived after decades in Gurez on the eve of the 2022 Gurez Festival, it has been learned.
The Lieutenant Governor called for special attention to agriculture and related sectors, and called for increased awareness among farmers associated with agriculture and related activities regarding government programs and programs, and encouraging milk processing to added value in the dairy sector.
“The diversification of agriculture has immense potential to empower our farmers and increase their incomes. Prosperity must reach every farm family to drive sustainable growth,” the Lieutenant Governor said.
Calling drug addiction a curse on humanity, the Lieutenant Governor instructed the district administration and the police department to launch a crackdown campaign against drug dealers and drug dealers to make Bandipora drug-free.
The Lieutenant Governor also requested a detailed report on the Lumpy Skin Disease vaccination campaign, Pashu Sakhis training, livestock insurance, in addition to the report on actions taken on the findings and recommendations of the medical equipment audit.
Dr. Owais Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora gave a detailed presentation of the district profile highlighting the achievements recorded in various sectors and programs.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that Bandipora has achieved 100% digitization of land revenue registers. A total of 94 Amrit Sarovars have been established in the district, he added.
He also briefed the Chairman on Panchayat District Index, operation of rural BPO, transit accommodation, status of tenders and award of works under the assignment Jal Jeevan, besides implementing various schemes and programs such as PMAY, Tejaswini, One District One Product, KCC, establishment of dairy units, Swachh Bharat mission, door to door garbage collection especially in villages, anti-encroachment campaigns, distribution of land booklets, creation of Patwarkhanas, change of land use, etc.
Later, the Lieutenant Governor met with various delegations of representatives from the PRI, tribal members of the DDC, the sports fraternity headed by the winner Padma Shri Faisal Ali Dar, the district youth council, the fishermen’s association and members of the NRLM and assured them of consideration of the issues and requests projected by during the interaction.
Upon his arrival, the Lieutenant Governor took the ceremonial salute and inspected the stalls set up by various government departments displaying their wares.
Sanction letters, scholarships and keys to subsidized vehicles were issued to beneficiaries under various schemes by Lt Governor.
During his visit, the Lieutenant Governor also released e-books including Literacy Rate Survey, District Skills Development Plan, District Employment Plan, District Tourism Plan , a district sports plan, Bandipora sheep farming success stories and a tribal survey report.
The development projects inaugurated today included increasing the capacity from 50 to 100 MVA at the 132/33 KV Patushahi Bandipora grid station at a cost of Rs 6.91 cr; 30 IPD beds at SDH Dawar costing Rs 3.52 cr; Mini Secretariat (Revenue Complex Dawar) under R&R (KGHEP) worth Rs 3.50 cr; Improvement from Tarbal to Kanzalwan Bagtore Road, Gurez & Gardoora to Galkul Road, Bandipora with a total cost of Rs 9.80 cr; 1X40 meters. Span Trussed Girder Bridge at Dangithal Tulail (Gurez) costing Rs 2.03 cr, 4X35 MTS Naidkhai Bridge costing Rs 14.73 cr; Two storey building at MS Gashri Mohalla Naidkhai, two storey ACR at HSS Nowgam and additional accommodation block at total cost of Rs 1.74 cr; Sub Health Center at Hussangam, Gurez and Sub Health Center at Markoot, Gurez at total project cost of Rs 83.90 lakhs, Women’s One Stop Center costing Rs 48 lakhs.
Projects for which the Lieutenant Governor laid the foundation stone include – Public Park at Hilalabad (Nesbal) and Public Park at Murkandal at total project cost of Rs 5.98 cr and Non-motorized walkway around Lake Wullar du Banwari bridge to Naz Nalla at Rs 19.42 cr.
Sh Abdul Gani Bhat, Chairman of Bandipora District Development Council (DDC); Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Sh. Sarmad Hafeez, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Tourism; Head of Departments and Corporations; chief engineers; senior government, police and military officials attended the meeting.