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After B2V, LG announces “My Town My Pride” for municipalities

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Takes performance appraisal of Back to Village-3, discusses future plan; directs DCs to submit district-wise report for performance assessment

SRINAGAR: : After 28-day long Jan Abhiyan and Back to Village-3 programme aimed to bring governance at the people’s doorstep, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha reviewed the achievements with all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police through video conferencing. The Lt Governor said that the spirit of Jan Abhiyan will go on and all the 20 districts will continue to hold Jan Abhiyan in at least 4 identified block for effective public service delivery and redressal of public grievances.

“We have achieved several milestones during the last 28-day long drive and now we must concentrate, what can be done in the coming days. I would like to reiterate that the key elements of Jan Abhiyan and Back to Village will continue to be implemented in a cohesive manner across the districts of Jammu Kashmir. It is just the beginning and with Jan Bhageedari, I am sure we will transform our villages and provide basic amenities at the people’s doorstep, the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor while reviewing the performance also touched upon the future roadmap for Jan Abhiyan and suggested several measures.

“The administration must work towards achieving 100 % saturation in all social security schemes and DCs should also take initiatives to implement some innovative ideas on the ground for welfare of Rural and far flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Senior government functionaries will also travel to review and ensure proper and effective continuation of ongoing Block Diwas. Our effort is to empower each and every village in Jammu and Kashmir. If more youths from villages want to become entrepreneurs, we will support them too,” the Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor directed all DCs to compile a report of all the works completed after the Back to Village 1 & 2 and the works initiated during Back to Village-3, and submit it at the earliest. He stressed that the works undertaken should be as per the decisions of the people of the Panchayats and administration should be there at every step to act as a facilitator in the process of development.

Back to Village is not for announcement for big promises but a regular feature, acting as a bridge between people and the Administration so that the planning can transpire from Bottom to the Top for undertaking an effective developmental process, Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor directed to ensure the establishment of two dustbins, availability of sports kit and identification of two youth for entrepreneurship assistance of Rs 5 lakhs in every panchayat of the UT at the earliest. It was informed that 3300 youth have already been identified for a total of Rs 70 crores financial assistance for starting entrepreneurship at the panchayat level. The Lt Governor expressed his satisfaction over the distribution of 2,83,443 Domicile Certificates; 68,070 Health cards; and 2389 Sports kits, during Back to Village-3.

During the meeting, Lt Governor announced the “My Town My Pride” initiative for the Municipalities. Giving out the details of the initiative for Urban Local Bodies, it was informed that My Town My Pride will be like Back to Village for providing doorstep delivery of different government services and to identify structural issues firsthand. The aim of the initiative is to empower the public and ensure on spot redressal of their issues/grievances.

The two-day long flagship program for ULBs will be held in all Municipalities of the UT except Srinagar and Jammu from 19th – 20th October, during which camps of public service delivery would be set up.

The officers shall assess the ground situation of the allotted ULB vis-à-vis perception of the local public, data provided by the different departments, inputs shared by the ULB / prominent citizens and share his own observations.

LG reviews NHPC projects; issues directions for completion of projects within set timelines

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday took a comprehensive review of the status of various projects of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) in the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said.

He said the review was taken in a meeting at the Raj Bhavan here.

With the intervention of the Lt Governor, modalities have been finalised for the upcoming 850 MW new joint venture Ratle project which will augment the existing power generation capacity in the region, the spokesperson said.

He said the meeting also decided that the supplementary memorandum of understanding will be finalised through joint discussions between the Union Ministry of Power, union territory administration (Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Limited) and NHPC.

The spokesperson said threadbare discussions were also held to fast-track the execution of the upcoming Pakal Dul, Kiru, and Kwar projects.

Cumulatively, the upcoming power projects will generate 6,298 MW of power at the cost of Rs 54,593 crores substantially enhancing the power generation capacity in the region, he said.

Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), NHPC Limited, A K Singh briefed the Lt Governor regarding the details of commissioned and generation capacity of NHPC’s power stations across Jammu and Kashmir, besides the present status of the NHPC projects under execution in the UT, the spokesperson said.

Sinha was briefed about the completed projects of NHPC and their generation capacity included – power stations – Salal (stage I & II) MW 690, URI-I MW 480, Dulhasti MW 390, Sewa II MW 120, Uri II MW 240 and Kishanganga MW 330, collectively generating 2250 MW.

The Lt Governor issued directions for completion of ongoing projects and called for better synergy between agencies for making the UT a power surplus region in the country and to remove bottlenecks, if any, hampering the completion of projects, the spokesperson said.

Sinha directed the concerned officers to ensure completion of all projects within the set timelines.

He also asked the NHPC functionaries to take innovative measures and explore various conventional and non-conventional sources for the development of hydropower sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lt Governor enquired about the CSR works being carried out by the NHPC in the field of healthcare, education, Swachh Bharat and vocational training and also sought details of employment generated through NHPC projects for the residents of the UT, the spokesperson said.

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