Srinagar, Jul 24: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed identification of one Hospital in each Assembly constituency and equipping it in terms of manpower and machinery, so that it is developed as a model health centre and people don’t have to travel long distances for treatment at District Hospitals or capital cities.
Chairing a review meeting of key developmental projects of Chenab Valley comprising Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts here today, the Chief Minister directed placing of all diagnostic facilities like X-ray, Ultrasonography, medical tests etc. and placement of adequate staff in terms of Doctors and paramedical staff at these designated hospitals in every constituency so that people don’t have to travel long distances in case of emergencies or bad weather.
Expressing dismay over the low spending reported in these districts so far, the Chief Minister directed Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to conduct a detailed tour of the region and fix the bottlenecks coming in the way of efficient execution of the developmental projects. She directed him to monitor the execution of developmental works in the region and consult the local representatives wherever necessary.
The Chief Minister directed pacing up of work on the Rs.27.00 crore Degree College, Revenue Complex and Indoor Stadium at Gool. She also asked for completion of the second floor of the Health Centre at far flung Bimdassa village at the earliest. She also directed harnessing wind energy at Thatarkar and tourist facilities at Tata Pani.
In a specific direction, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary, B.B. Vyas to hold a meeting with BRO authorities shortly to pace up the works on the National Highway and other projects being executed by the BRO.
The Chief Minister also directed widening of the bridge in Banihal town to overcome the frequent jamming on the National Highway. She also directed completion of remaining work on the Banihal – Mangat Mahoo road for which she fixed December 31 as completion deadline.
Mehbooba Mufti also directed completion of work on all the six Dak Bunglows in the area besides, completion of works at various Colleges, Hospitals, schools and other projects of infrastructure development.
The meeting was informed that with the completion of Khilani Grid station, power supply in the region has stabilised by a great measure. Two more grid stations at Bhalessa and Changa are coming up in a year’s time which would further improve power distribution in the area, the meeting was informed.
Directs identification of land for border migrants, prioritizing flood protection works
In a separate meeting, the Chief Minister directed the Administrative Secretaries to undertake frequent field visits to assess the execution of developmental projects on the ground and intervene on the spot in case of any difficulty or bottleneck.
Chairing a review meeting of key developmental projects in the Districts of Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri here today, the Chief Minister expressed dismay over slow pace of execution of development works and low spending in these Districts.
She asked the Administrative Secretaries to monitor closely the pace of developmental works in the region and try to remove the bottle necks on the spot as and when these come to surface.
The Chief Minister also asked the Divisional Administration Jammu to identify land for the border migrants of Poonch and Rajouri districts so that the schools in these areas, which are being used presently as temporary shelters for them, are not overburdened and the academic activity is not disrupted.
Mufti specifically asked for prioritising flood protection works in the area in view of its vulnerability.
She asked the concerned Department to pursue flood protection works with the Central Water Commission and get them approved. She also asked for early completion of work on the Rs 18 crore Poonch Mini Secretariat complex, pacing up of work on Loran-Gulmarg road and also exploring the possibility of opening up of Gulabgarh- Nandimarg road for traffic to further connect the people of two regions.
She directed identification of land for developing a sports field at Kalsian in Nowshehra and upgradation of school buildings at Chingus and Rajouri.
The Chief Minister asked for keeping a provision of stand-by machinery at the Water Supply and Lift Irrigation Schemes so that in case of any fault these are immediately replaced.
The meeting was informed at Degree College at Dharmari would be commissioned by March, 2018 even as she directed immediate release of land compensation for setting up a college at Sara Bagga.
The Chief Minister also asked the officers to be responsive to the needs and demands of people and ensure their resolution in a dedicated manner.
Chairing another review meeting of key developmental projects in the Districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua and Udhampur, the Chief Minister directed the Administrative Secretaries to make the Deputy Commissioners and heads of Departments accountable in terms of reaching out to people and solving their day to day problems.
She said low spending by the officers reflects poorly on their performance which would be viewed seriously.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the Chief Secretary to evolve an organised mechanism to evaluate and monitor the implementation of decisions of the District Development Board meetings, commitments and directions of the Chief Minister made and issued from time to time.
The Chief Minister directed posting of adequate Dogri, Urdu and Punjabi language teachers at the Colleges for teaching these subjects. She also directed exploring the feasibility of setting up an ITI at Ramnagar and early completion of Bani Degree College by early next year.
Legislators of these Districts; Chief Secretary B.B. Vyas; Administrative Secretaries of various Departments and senior officers were present in the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, M. K. Bhandari, Deputy Commissioners and District Officers of these Districts also attended the meeting via video conference.
Today’s meetings were part of the initiative of the Chief Minister of providing a direct interface between the public representatives and the officers. The public representatives hailed the initiative of the Chief Minister for getting a firsthand appraisal of developmental works from the executing agencies and the corresponding response from the public representatives.