LG asks DM’s for focused attention on development, public outreach and economic empowerment
Stresses time-bound conservation, development of Dal Lake
SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 07: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today asked the District Magistrates (District Development Commissioners) of Kashmir Divisions for concerted efforts public outreach and public service
The Lt Governor was chairing a meeting of District Magistrates at SKICC Srinagar which was also attended by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan.
The Lt Governor asked the District Magistrates to pay special attention to community empowerment and called for institutional arrangements for resolving the issues and concerns of underprivileged sections. Underlying the need for resolving the local issues faced by the people, he asked the officers for making extraordinary efforts on various fronts. He called for greater emphasis not only on developmental projects but also social and economic fronts.
The Lt Governor called for active and responsible participation of local democratic institutions including Block Development Councils and Panchayats in development process. He emphasized that with empowerment of local bodies there is an added responsibility and accountability on part of grassroots institutions to strengthen the local developmental scenario and making best use of resources made available.
The District Magistrates of border districts were directed to achieve 100% coverage of all the beneficiary and welfare oriented schemes in border villages for which resources will be made available as per requirement. He also asked for construction of bunkers to cover all the households in the border villages. He directed the DMs for conducting audit of hospitals in their respective districts and projects the requirements for providing best healthcare and diagnostic facilities in rural areas.
The Lt Governor asked the District Magistrates for attending the issues related to law enforcement in the districts and submitting a monthly report on the law and order scenario in the districts.
Earlier, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam asked the District Magistrates for periodic review of rural development schemes and involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions; focused attention on Jal Jeevan Mission, relief disbursement, Kisan Credit Cards, schemes for farmers, universal coverage of beneficiaries under pension schemes, scholarships, efforts to eliminate the use of single use plastic, industrial development, ICDS and educational institutions.
District Magistrates of Srinagar, Pulwama, Kupwara, Shopian, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kulgam, Bandipore and Ganderbal were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu called for several measures aimed at conservation and beautification of Dal lake with active involvement of local community and stakeholders, at a high level review meeting held at Srinagar today.
The meeting was attended by Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan; Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary; Vice Chairman LAWDA, Tufail Matto; CE PWD Sami Arif and other officers.
The Lt Governor reviewed the proposals for construction of western foreshore road, strengthening of equipment and machinery, measures for conservation, beautification and rehabilitation. He called for comprehensive proposal for safeguarding livelihood of Dal dwellers and their active involvement in conservation process.
He directed the authorities for protection of boundaries of lake, completion of Sewerage Treatment Plant works by August 2020, enhancing efforts for deweeding, beautification of available land patches, re-surfacing of road on periphery of lake, improving street lighting network, providing Smart Cards to Dal Dwellers, finalization of rehabilitation plan based on the survey conducted and scientific measures for conservation of lake. He also directed for periodic reviews of progress achieved and planning required interventions accordingly.
The Lt Governor while reviewing the proposal for western foreshore road directed the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar for initiating the process for acquisition of land for road corridor and Chief Engineer PWD for simultaneous process for finalization of DPR and initiating the tendering process with aim for completion of road within stipulated time. He further directed for measures aimed at aesthetic improvement of area, green spaces, walkways, heritage markets and other amenities on the banks of lake involving local residents.
A presentation on rehabilitation plan was also made, on which the Lt Governor directed for providing best amenities including schools, medical facilities, community halls, drainage, roads and other requirements. The VC LAWDA was directed for ensuring completion of Dol-dem project latest by November 2020. He also directed for planning STPs for cluster of houseboats as a part of the project.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan discussed about a host of measures being taken and made suggestions on the improvement of cleaning process in lake.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam asked the Housing and Urban Development Department for sustained efforts for strengthening administrative, infrastructural and legislative framework of the lakes development authority for efficient delivery of plans finalized.