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Devolution of powers to PRIs has ensured decentralised planning & effective monitoring: LG

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Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Tuesday said that devolution of funds, functions and functionaries has empowered PRIs and brought transparency through decentralised planning and effective monitoring.

Sinha said this while interacting with PRI representatives and members of civil society from Ganderbal, at Raj Bhawan here.

The LG addressed a gathering of around 130 members comprising DDC chairperson and members, chairman Municipal Council, BDC chairpersons, sarpanches, panches, heads of religious, social and business organizations and associations, an official press release informed.

Acknowledging the efforts of PRIs, civil society groups during the just concluded Amarnath Yatra, the LG said that the administration will be ever grateful for their stellar contribution in hassle-free, smooth conduct of the Yatra.

The LG further said that the genuine demands and issues put forth for the development of various areas of Ganderbal would be addressed promptly.

“Greater devolution of funds, functions and functionaries has empowered PRIs and brought transparency through decentralised planning and effective monitoring,” he told the gathering.

On the occasion, former MLA Ishfaq Jabbar expressed gratitude towards LG-led UT administration for addressing several public-centric issues which were hanging fire for many years.

He also put forth demands regarding job opportunities for locals in Zojila Tunnel project and at the newly established Central University of Kashmir in Ganderbal, appointing specialist doctors and strengthening of staff at District Hospital Ganderbal, veterinary dispensaries in rural areas, four-laning of Ganderbal roads, development of Manasbal lake with avenues of watersports and paragliding, besides other issues of public welfare.

Several other speakers also put forth issues and demands of their respective areas including removal of encroachments, installation of streetlights, establishing a degree college and SBI branch at Lar, etc.

The LG gave a patient hearing to all the issues and demands put forth by various speakers on the occasion, the press release said.

It said the LG observed that the UT administration is steadfast in ensuring holistic, equitable and balanced development of each and every region of Jammu and Kashmir and assured them that their genuine issues would be taken up with the concerned sections of the administration for redressal.

The LG called for maximum awareness among masses regarding various training and financial assistance programs and initiatives started under Mission Youth which offers livelihood and entrepreneurial opportunities.

He also appealed to the members of delegation to join the fight against drug abuse in the society.

Nuzhat Ishfaq, DDC chairperson, Ganderbal; Hilal Ahmad Tantray, chairman Municipal Council, Ganderbal; Badrinath Bhat, president Sanatan Dharam Sabha Ganderbal, besides several other PRI representatives and members of civil society were present on the occasion, the press release informed.

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