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CS directs for extending best facilities, infrastructure to residents of Pulwama district

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PULWAMA: Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today conducted a thorough review of the ongoing developmental projects and flagship initiatives taken up under different sectors in the Pulwama District. 

The primary focus of the meeting was to assess the progress of various schemes and development projects in the District.

The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Bidhuri; Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Dr Basharat Qayoom; Heads of various departments; SSP Pulwama; SSP Awantipora and other Sectoral Officers of the District.

The review meeting was preceded by the inauguration of vital projects and the laying of foundation stones of works amounting to a total of Rs. 30.28 Cr for the benefit of the vast population of this District.

On the occasion, SBM waste collection hoopers were flagged off by Chief Secretary. He complimented for the ODF+ Model category Pulwama had achieved and urged the public to make Pulwama garbage-free. 

Subsequently, he inspected stalls set up by various government departments showcasing their achievements and initiatives. The event also included the recognition and felicitation of beneficiaries of various government schemes.

During this review meeting, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama presented a comprehensive sector-wise overview of the ongoing projects and flagship programmes of various departments in the district.

Chief Secretary took this occasion to scrutinize the status of ongoing projects, programs, flagship schemes, and even the financial progress for the current fiscal year.

Detailed deliberations were held about the functioning of various departments including Horticulture, National Rural Livelihood Mission, Revenue, Agriculture, Education, Health, Social Welfare, Animal Husbandry, Jal Shakti, Power, Jal Jeevan Mission, PMGSY, and PWD.

Key directives issued during the meeting included instructing the Agriculture Department to intensify crop cultivation and accelerate completion of infrastructure projects which are part of the National Saffron Mission, given its importance for the growth of the district.

The Animal Husbandry Department was directed to enhance milk processing capabilities, boosting the dairy sector’s crucial role in the district’s economy. The Cooperative Department was tasked with replicating central government initiatives for Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) in every Panchayat in Pulwama, with a focus on job creation for youth.

The Sports Department was asked to intensify sports activities including indoor sports, besides opportunities for recreational activities and age-specific sports of senior citizens and enhance women’s participation, in line with ‘Har Din Khel, Har Kisi Ke Liye Khel’.

Employment generation took centre stage during this meeting with a strong emphasis on creating a “Berozgar Mukht Pulwama” through the formulation of a District Employment Plan, ensuring that opportunities for self-employment reach everyone in the district. Focus was laid on the creation of a District Export Plan to accelerate the growth of per capita income and GDP of the District.

In the public health sector, the Chief Secretary called for universal screening of the population for NCDs. The diseases beyond those covered under Ayushman Bhava were also deliberated upon to create a healthier and happier population here.

Completion of all JJM works and massive afforestation campaign to improve source sustainability of water was also discussed, in furtherance of ‘Wan Se Jal, Jal Se Jivan’, which shall also improve the overall environment in those areas.

Efficient solid waste management and the transformation of landfill sites into aesthetically pleasing areas were asked to be given priority, reflecting a commitment to a cleaner and more visually appealing environment in the district.

The Chief Secretary stressed on full implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), with special attention to accessing all installments from GOI, supporting various developmental projects.

The creation of a winter power management team was directed to ensure quality power supply as per schedule, essential for the comfort and productivity of Pulwama’s residents.

The importance of a dedicated District Tourism plan to showcase the district’s unique attractions and encourage tourism activities including eco-tourism was also emphasized.

Addressing a pressing concern, the Chief Secretary urged intensifying the campaign for a “Nasha Mukht Pulwama”.

Furthermore, the Chief Secretary stressed the importance of the beautification of Pulwama and the creation of a District Cultural Plan and District Heritage Plan, preserving and showcasing Pulwama’s rich history and culture.

An interaction was later held with the District Development Council (DDC), Block Development Council (BDC)/PRI members and various delegations. Their concerns were heard and addressed, ensuring a shared approach to the development of the area.

The comprehensive review and directives given by the Chief Secretary underscored the Government’s commitment to promoting sustainable development and enriching the lives of people by ensuring the all-round development of the district.

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