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Advisor Bhatnagar presides mega public darbar cum Grievance Redressal Camp at Handwara

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HANDWARA: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today presided over a mega Public Darbar– cum–Grievance Redressal Camp at Environment Hall here to take stock of grievances and demands of people as well as review the development scenario of the district Kupwara.

The Public Darbar witnessed an overwhelming response from all sections of the society during which the participants apprised the Advisor of issues being faced by them and sought his intervention for redressing them.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the public darbar is a platform to obtain first-hand appraisal from the gross root level besides reducing the communication gap between the public and the administration. He added that it is heartening to see people and public representatives are open-heartedly putting forth their demands.

The Advisor further said that J&K UT is on top in the country in terms of offering online services which vindicates the seriousness of the UT Government about speedy redressal of grievances and a transparent administrative system.

Highlighting on improved infrastructure in the last few years, Advisor Bhatnagar said that two state-of-the-art AIIMS and cancer hospitals are being established here. He added that the power supply has been streamlined across J&K besides road infrastructure has been amplified in the last few years.

The Advisor also expressed his delight over the record number of tourist footfall in the UT and added that the Kupwara district also witnessed an unprecedented surge in tourist flow.

On the occasion, the DDC Chairman, Vice Chairman of DDC, President of the Municipality, PRIS, ULBs and civil society members put forth demands and also submitted a memorandum about issues ranging from speeding up work on the GMC Building, streamlining electricity supply, construction of Sadhna tunnel, full-fledged Wildlife divisions in Kupwara and Handwara, shortage of manpower in different departments besides other issues.

The Advisor, while interacting with them, remarked that all these demands and issues shall be taken up with the concerned departments for their timely redressal.

The Advisor on the occasion, distributed sanction letters under different centrally sponsored schemes to beneficiaries. He also interacted with young successful entrepreneurs having successful ventures in walnut processing, Fish farming, Sheep Rearing, DIC, and PMEGP, among others. The young entrepreneurs shared their experiences and success stories with the general public as well.

The Advisor on the occasion also administered the integrity pledge to all the participants to mark the observance of Vigilance Awareness Week-2023.

In the meanwhile, Advisor Bhatnagar also e-inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for several developmental projects like the construction of PHC building Vilgam and, the construction of the 10 MTR span bridge Baghbela, Public park at entry point Segipora, among others.

During the public darbar, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Ayushi Sudan apprised the Advisor about achievements and development in the district. She informed the Advisor that by the end of this financial year, 3000 works will be completed in the district.

The Deputy Commissioner also informed that GMC Handwara has started functioning from a makeshift arrangement and the first batch of 100 students of MBBS have taken admission in GMC Handwara.

Chairman District Development Council, Irfan Sultan Panditpori; Vice Chairman DDC, Haji Farooq Mir; Chairman Handwara Municipal Committee, Chairman Langate Municipal Committee, members of district Development Council, chairperson Block Development Council, SSP Handwara, PRIs, Civil society members, traders association and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

Later on, Advisor Bhatnagar visited the construction site of GMC Handwara to take stock of the pace of work. He was briefed about the ongoing works by the principal GMC Handwara and EXN PWD Handwara.

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