LG visits Chrar-i-Sharif shrine, orders inquiry into delay in building Khanqah
Srinagar: “Inclusive socio-economic development of all districts across J&K is the top priority of the government”, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said Thursday during his visit to district Budgam.
According to an official press release, he also promised efficient administration and doorstep delivery of public services during his day-long visit to the district — the latest in series of continuous district and public outreach meetings initiated by him for taking first-hand appraisal of the peoples’ issues and the development scenario.
During the visit, the Lt Governor also laid e-foundation of seven projects worth Rs 27.87 crores and dedicated 12 developmental projects worth 58.51 Cr for public welfare.
The Lt Governor was accompanied by his Advisor Baseer Ahmad Khan, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole; Commissioner Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez; Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella; Secretary Tourism, Zubair Ahmad; IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar; Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, SA Mirza; heads of various departments, besides district and sectoral officers.
In a review meeting with district officials, the Lt Governor directed the Deputy Commissioner to review all upcoming developmental projects and to fix reasonable timelines for their completion.
Taking stock of the power sector, the Lt Governor sought details regarding the implementation of schemes like the IPDS and SAUBHAGYA. He took note of the high rate of failure of power transformers in the district and passed strict directions to arrest the trend.
Reviewing enrolment of beneficiaries under the Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram, JSSK and Pradhan Mantri Matri Vandana Yojana, PMMVY, the Lt Governor said that enrolment under these schemes need to be ramped up and the process expedited. He also instructed that the data pertaining to eligible beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana(PMJAY) be updated at the earliest.
The Lt Governor remarked that the Ayushman Bharat scheme has emerged as “revolutionary milestone” introduced by Govt. of India for poor and underprivileged people and directed to identify the remaining eligible beneficiaries who shall be brought under the ambit of this scheme.
The Lt Governor particularly enquired about the targets achieved in social sectors like Health, Social Welfare, Education, Dairy Farming, Horticulture and Agriculture. He sought details about the status and achievements made under flagship programmes of the government like MGNREGA, Ayushman Bharat and PM KISAN.
Regarding MGNREGA, the Lt Governor also directed that the wages be paid within 15 days of the work.
Issuing explicit instructions regarding 100 percent saturation of Aadhaar linkage of beneficiaries with various social welfare schemes for DBT, the Lt Governor directed that the same should be achieved by September 30, this year.
According to the press release, Lt Governor added that IT-related issues regarding issuance of Domicile Certificates should be sorted out at the earliest to ensure hassle-free delivery of certificates. He also appreciated the enthusiasm shown by people applying for Domicile Certificates and directed the concerned officers to speed up the process of issuance and delivery of the same without much hassles. He also directed to ensure seamless issuance of Domicile Certificates for PRC holders.
The Lt Governor took serious note of the low literacy rate in the district and impressed upon the concerned officers to pay special attention and efforts to ensure that the literacy ratio in the district is improved.
Reviewing the progress under Jal Shakti the Lt Governor directed the concerned to speed up the process of implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission on mission mode to cover targeted households of the district.
Similarly, under R&B, the Lt Governor said that macadamisation of all roads is prime priority and efforts are on to cover maximum of roads before the impending winter season.
On Back to Village programme, the Lt Governor exhorted the officers to ensure to complete at least two works in every Panchayat across the district.
Earlier during the visit, the Lt Governor inspected Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Budgam, being built under the Prime Minister Development Project (PMDP) and took a review of the pace of ongoing work. He directed the executing agencies to speed up the construction so that the stadium is dedicated to the local youngsters and sports enthusiasts as early as possible.
During his visit, the Lt Governor met with various delegations and discussed their issues at length.
According to the press release, the delegation of Municipal Committee Budgam demanded a community hall and submitted a memorandum of their other demands. Municipal Committee Chrar-i-Sharif also submitted a memorandum and demanded that public amenities at Chrar-i-Sharif shrine.
The delegation of Sarpanchs raised the issue of vacancies on various positions of BDO in several blocks of the district. Delegation of political leaders also raised issues of public interest, particularly about the need upgradation of road network and issue of water shortage in certain areas among others.
Members of Chamber of Commerce also presented issues pertaining to MSMEs, regulation of prices and mining of minor minerals and up-gradation of the Industrial Estate. The delegation of handicraft and handloom artisans apprised the Lt Governor about the issues faced by them because of COVID pandemic and demanded some relief package for their rehabilitation.
Other delegations which included members of Chamber of Small Scale Industries, agriculturists, horticulturists, sportspersons and students, members of ST community, public delegations from Chadoora, Chrar-i-Sharif and Budgam towns also met with the Lt Governor and apprised him of their most-pressing issues.
Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has ordered for a comprehensive enquiry to ascertain the reasons for delay in construction of Khanqah(Mosque) at Charar-i-Sharif &also the unwarranted delay in execution of developmental works in the holy Hazratbal Complex under PRASAD scheme@manojsinha_
— DIPR-J&K (@diprjk) September 3, 2020
Giving a patient hearing to each delegation, the Lt Governor assured that the government is committed for effective implementation of the 73rd and the 74th Amendments for empowering Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies. He assured that all their genuine demands/issue will be examined on priority and addressed on merit as early as possible, the press release said.
Taking note of the various vacant posts of BDOs, the Lt Governor issued on-spot directions to fill up the same on priority. He also assured that recruitment drives by the Army, Police and other paramilitary forces shall also be conducted soon.
The Lt Governor reiterated the UT administration’s inclination on developing road network in the district and assured the delegations that their road connectivity issues shall be considered on priority.
Later, the Lt Governor visited Chrar-i-Sharif town where he paid obeisance at the Chrar-i-Sharif shrine and prayed for lasting peace in the valley, the press release said.
He inspected the complex and interacted with locals. Taking note of the delay in construction of Khanqah (mosque), the Lt Governor directed the Chief Secretary to initiate an enquiry and ascertain the facts regarding the delay. Directions were also issued for a safety audit of the Khanqah complex by an IIT Roorkee expert team.
A similar enquiry was also ordered to ascertain the reasons for the unwarranted delay in execution of works in Hazratbal complex under the PRASAD scheme.
The projects dedicated to the public include PHC, Siobugh, Budgam (Rs 11.90 crore) under PMDP; NTPHC at Parisabad (Rs 3.55 crore) under Languishing Projects; NTPHC at Lalpora (Rs 3.55 crore) under Languishing Projects; 1×18 Mtr. Span Steel Girder Bridge at Sebdan (Rs 2.06 crore) under Languishing Projects; 2×20 Mtr. Span Steel Girder Bridge at Khag (Rs 3.64 crore) under Languishing Projects; Upgradation of roads PMGSY which include Shanipora Khansahib Road (Rs 7.24 crore), Budgam-Hayatpora Road (Rs 7.91 crore), Aripanthan-Malpora Road (Rs 7.72 crore), Khoipora-Khag Road (Rs 2.77 crore), Yechgam- Arampora Road (Rs 1.79 crore) and Khag-Abandara Road (Rs 2.06 crore); and Evacuation Of Power 33KV Level For 132/33KV Grid Station Budgam (Rs 4.3 crore) under Languishing Projects.
The projects whose e-foundation stone was laid by the Lt Governor include 100 Bedded Girls’ Hostel at Khansahib, Narbal and at BK Pora (Rs 3.06 crore each) under Samagra Shiksha; PHC, Nasrullahpora, Budgam (Rs 3.99 crore) under State Sector; Play Field at Sikhnambal, Rangreth (Rs 5.71 crore) under Languishing Projects; Fruit & Vegetable Market, Kremshore (Rs 612 crore) under Languishing Projects; and 10 MVA Receiving Station At Rangar, Chadoora (Rs 2.87 crore) under PMDP Urban.