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SRINAGAR: Director Rural Development, Kashmir, Qazi Sarwar convened a meeting, here today in the Conference Hall of Directorate of Rural Development Kashmir to review the progress of District Srinagar in implementation of various flagship programmes including MGNREGA/PMAY. Besides, the performance of the district in procurement and distribution of masks was also assessed as a part of COVID-19 control efforts.

The meeting was attended by Joint Director (Adm), Directorate of Rural Development Kashmir, Assistant Commissioner Development Srinagar, District Panchayat Officer, Srinagar, Executive Engineer, REW Srinagar, Block Development Officers, Srinagar, Haman, Khanmoh, Qamarwari and other field functionaries of Rural Development Department.

The meeting was informed that under MGNREGA 139 works have been taken-up under Protection works, Micro irrigation, Land Development and Rural Connectivity.  Out of 20 approved works under CD & Panchayat Sector 2019-20, 12 works have been taken-up at an estimated cost of Rs. 39.61 lacs and 9 works stands completed.  One Rural Haat in Balhama, Khonmoh at estimated cost of Rs. 13.25 lacs has also been taken-up.

Besides, in view of the instructions conveyed by the Government for resumption of MGNREGA works during the lockdown period in the UT of J&K as per SOPs laid down, in district Srinagar 4 works were taken up engaging 27 house-holds so far.

Director, asked the concerned officers to expedite the completion of works and to ensure employment of maximum number of registered labourers, enabling them to earn livelihood during prevailing situation. Emphasizing that field level authorities should strictly implement the SOP notified by Government vide No. 43-JK(DMRRR) of 2020 dated 16-04-2020 and ensure maintenance of social distancing, use of protective masks, face covers, repeated washing of hands with soap and water and to ensure that the MGNREGA workers are also adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

Under COVID19 activities 4.40 lac surgical masks and 2.45 lacs reusable masks were procured and 4.30 lacs masks were distributed among health officials, frontline workers and general public with main focus on distribution of masks in Red zone areas. Besides, 1200 pamphlets were distributed among the people regarding COVID19 SOP’s so that precautionary measures are taken.  Services of 35 Self Help Groups registered with NRLM have been utilized for manufacturing 5.21 lac re-usable cotton masks, till date.

Moreover, with the help of PRIs and in coordination with District Administration cleanliness of the rural areas, sanitization and fumigation of all the congested residential areas including lanes, bye lanes is a routine affair, besides, assessment of availability of essential commodities in these areas and Home Delivery of Ration, Gas Cylinders in consultation with Tehsil and District Administration is also being ensured.


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