Advisor Farooq Khan visits Poonch; reviews development projects
POONCH: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, on Wednesday conducted an extensive tour of Poonch district and convened a meeting with the district administration to assess developmental scenario of the district.
District Development Commissioner, Rahul Yadav, Additional District Development Commissioner, Mohammad Rashid, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Basharat Hussain, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Zaheer Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer RDA, Mohammad Tanveer, Chief Medical Officer, GA Malik besides other district officers were present in the meeting.
Advisor, while speaking during the meeting, asked the officers to work in tandem to achieve the set targets under different schemes in the district. He directed the district officers to ensure regular field visits to take on spot review of developmental works for ensuring effective implementation. He also directed the officers to educate the masses about various UT and Center sponsored schemes and programmes.
Advisor also directed the officers to mobilize the field staff for prompt redressal of public grievances and effective implementation of different government schemes. He also stressed on timely completion of ongoing projects to avoid cost escalation.
DDC apprised the Advisor of various welfare schemes and programmes being implemented in the district besides highlighting physical and financial progress on various development works. He also apprised about several measures being taken up by the district administration to tackle with COVID19 pandemic and Bird Flu in the district.
Regarding construction of border bukners, DDC informed that out of 1388 bunkers being executed by the RDD and PWD in the district, 995 have been completed and the work on remaining is in different phases of execution.
DDC also briefed about the progress achieved under several Government schemes being implemented in the district like MGNREGA, PMAY, PM Ujjwala Yojana, Kisan Credit Card, PM Kissan, pension schemes for different categories, PMEGP, JKREGP, Ayushman Bharat, scholarship schemes and related programmes.
Meanwhile, Advisor met with several public delegations and individuals and listened to their grievances and demands.
The major issues and demands projected by the deputations included construction of circular road from Sher-e-bridge to Betar Nallah and Nangali Sahib bridge, development of bus stand, recruitment drives for unemployed educated youth, water filteration plant, development of tourism infrastructure, completion of Dingla University campus, restoration of 4G internet, radiologist for CT Scan in Poonch town besides filling up of vacant post in different departments.
The delegation of Mandi demanded construction of Rajpura to Arai Mori road, Bedar to Chamberkanari road, Azmabaad to Dangari road, Mandi to Sathra road, Sathra to Kanal bridge, sports stadium and Girls Hostel for block Sathra besides up gradation of High School Sathra and adequate staff of doctors in block Sathra.
Issues raised by Surankote public included Anganwari Centre for block Bufliaz, development of tourism infrastructure, playground in Lassana, up gradation of PHC in Surankote A, Boys and Girls Hostel in Surankot A, regularization of daily wagers and construction of court building.
Advisor gave a patient hearing to all the issues and demands raised by the public and passed necessary directions to the concerned authorities for redressal of the same in a time bound manner.
Advisor said that the LG administration is working 24/7 to ensure that all the basic facilities in terms of food, health, water, power supply, roads are provided to the common masses in an efficient manner. He also made the public aware about various welfare schemes and programmes launched by the government.
Meanwhile, Advisor released funds to Building and Other Construction Workers under Lower Education Assistance and Rs 12.30 lakh to dependents of six cases under death and funeral scheme.
During the programme, ICDS department distributed sweaters among the nari niketan inmates under BBBP while Social Welfare Department provided track suits to Balashram inmates under National Family Benefit Scheme.