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Govt determined to create fear-free, terrorism-free, corruption-free, future-oriented J&K: LG Sinha

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Lays foundation stone of much-awaited District Hospital complex at Reshipora, Budgam; says people’s health administration’s top priority

Budgam: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday reiterated the administration’s commitment to create fear-free, terrorism-free, corruption-free and future-oriented J&K, an official press release informed.

Laying the foundation stone of much-awaited 125-bedded District Hospital Complex at a cost of Rs 49.32 crore at Reshipora, Budgam, Sinha also said that people’s health is administration’s top priority.

In his address, the LG congratulated the people of Budgam. “Today is a historic day for all of us in terms of development. The 125-bedded hospital will fulfill the long-pending demand and dream of the people of having all the health facilities under one roof,” he said.

“People’s health is the top priority of administration and this project is a testimony to our commitment to bring better health facilities to small towns, strengthening public health service delivery, minimizing inconvenience and referrals to tertiary health-care centres in Srinagar,” the LG said.

The LG also highlighted the efforts of the administration to establish transparent and responsive governance.

“We have traveled a long distance in the last three years in terms of speedy execution of projects within the stipulated period and eliminated the gap between the aspirations of people and the delivery by administration with dedication and commitment,” the LG said.

He said the UT administration, “under the guidance of Prime Minister, is working diligently to ensure there is no scope for discrimination and corruption.

“Our policies have been formulated with the objective of ensuring living standards of common man are improved and deprived section of the society is empowered,” he said.

“The UT administration is determined to create a fear-free, terrorism-free, corruption-free and future-oriented Jammu Kashmir. We salute our soldiers and police personnel who laid down their lives in combating terrorism. I assure the people that we will make J&K terror-free. This is our resolve,” the LG said.

He called upon the citizens to discharge their duties and contribute in the development of J&K.

Development should become a powerful people’s movement in all 20 districts and the elements making efforts to disturb peace must be isolated by the society, he added.

He said the “conflict profiteers” who kept the people of J&K away from mainstream development, those who built their houses in foreign countries and sent their children abroad for studies think that they only have all the rights on government resources.

“We have been successful in breaking the backbone of ecosystem of conflict profiteers and will strike the last nail in the coffin of these subversive forces,” the LG said.

Speaking on PM Vishwakarma scheme, the LG said the scheme provides the benefits including toolkit incentive of Rs 15,000, training of artisans, Rs 500 per day during training, collateral-free credit support up to Rs 1 lakh (first tranche) and Rs 2 lakh (second tranche) at a concessional interest rate of 5 percent, incentive for digital transactions and marketing support.

“J&K is the biggest beneficiary of the reformative schemes introduced by the Central government in the last few years.  We will make every effort to extend the benefits of this scheme across the UT and transform the lives of the artisans and craftspeople of Jammu & Kashmir working with their hands and tools,” the LG said.

“It will be ensured that the eligible beneficiaries are being identified at panchayat level, their ID cards are prepared at district level and the final list will be notified at UT level,” he added.

On the occasion, the LG lauded the public representatives and district administration for “commendable efforts to create smart facilities for the people and inspiring other districts as well to follow in their footsteps,” the press release said.

“I am confident very soon the dream of Smart City Budgam will be realized,” the LG said.

He said the administration has also initiated the process of establishing Cluster University in Budgam.

“Deputy Commissioner Budgam has proposed the land for Cluster University in Budgam. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir is working on the proposal and I am hopeful that very soon we will lay the foundation of Cluster University Kashmir in Budgam,” the LG said.

Nazir Ahmad Khan, chairman, District Development Council, Budgam expressed gratitude to the LG-led UT administration for granting the sanction and approval for the establishment of District Hospital Complex at Budgam in a short period of time, the press release said.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Bhupinder Kumar, Secretary Health and Medical Education; Vijay Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Akshay Labroo, Deputy Commissioner Budgam; PRI members, senior officers and citizens from all walks of life were present, the press release said.

 LG review developmental scenario in Budgam

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting earlier today to review the developmental scenario in the Budgam district.

The LG was appraised of the sector-wise implementation progress of Centrally sponsored and the UT Government schemes and the developmental projects in the district, an official press release informed.

It said the LG directed the district administration to explore new opportunities for private investment in the hospitality sector to provide a boost to tourism and to facilitate new industries.

Youth engagement and education are another two key sectors which require dedicated focus by the district officials, the LG observed while directing the Education department to prepare a roadmap to bring male-female literacy rate at par. The banks were directed to provide necessary financial assistance for employment and livelihood generation programmes for youth and women.

He further emphasized on promoting farmers-producers organisations and exploring avenues for cooperatives in all sectors.

The LG impressed upon the officers to adopt a proactive approach and make dedicated efforts to identify the eligible beneficiaries under PM Vishwakarma and other such schemes.

The LG also sought the progress of transit accommodation for the employees in Budgam, and passed explicit direction for the completion of the project by October 2024.

The meeting also discussed the arrangements being made by different departments in view of Gandhi Jayanti. The LG called for active participation of officials and every section of the society in all the events.

Akshay Labroo, Deputy Commissioner Budgam gave a detailed overview of the development scenario in the district.

He also apprised the LG on the progress made under Nasha Mukt Abhiyaan, Jal Jeevan Mission, Multi Dimensional Poverty Index- Ambitious Plan, Restoration of Heritage Sites etc.

It was informed that 8,342 farmers are registered on Daksh Portal in the district.

Earlier, the LG interacted with various public delegations and assured them of appropriate action on the genuine demands and issues projected by them.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to LG; Vijay Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Sujit Kumar, DIG CKR Srinagar and other senior officers attended the meeting.

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