FARID AHMED ZARGAR
DODA, DEC 10: On the second leg of her two day tour of the twin districts of Kishtwar and Doda, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today met 76 deputations of people who had come from different areas of the district to place their grievances and demands before the CM. Deputations from Bhaderwah, Gandoh, Gundna, Barath, Doda town, Kastigarh, Dessa, Thathri and Marmat representing different political and social organisations, Bar Association Doda, All India Reporters’ Association Doda, Traders met the Chief Minister.
During the interactions, the general demands raised by the deputations included early construction of Doda-Dessa-Kapran road, Promotion of tourist spots of Doda areas, providing of jobs to local youth of the district in ongoing projects, opening of women college, setting up of maternity and child care hospital building lying idle for the last five years, creation of post of Addl. Deputy Commissioner for Gandoh, electrification of all villages in the district, expediting the work on PMGSY road, B.Ed. college at Doda, establishment of separate women grievance cell at Doda, mini-hydel project to cater to the power needs of Doda constituency, enhanced promotion of Bhaderwah tourism, providing adequate staff in the rural health centres and the district and sub-district hospitals, up gradation of government schools,, sanctioning of new ration depots in rural areas, sanctioning of water supply schemes for left over areas, and construction of bridges at various locations.
Responding to the demands raised by the deputations, the CM assured the deputationists that she would take up the issues with the concerned departments for their early redressal.
She said that the government is committed to develop the rural and far flung areas. The CM directed the DC Doda to locate a building for housing Press Club for Doda, a demand put forth by the media men.
Other dignitaries who were present in the grievance redressal camp included MLA Inderwal GM Saroori, MLA Bhaderwah, Daleep Singh Parihar, MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar, MLA Ramban Neelam Langeh, MLCs Sham Lal, and Naresh Gupta.
The district administration Doda had made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the meeting. The meeting was attended by nearly all departmental heads and district officers who were given on spot directions by the CM to look into the grievances of the people. The marathon meeting started at 11 AM and was underway at the time of filing of this report at 9 PM and various deputations that had come from various areas were waiting for their turn to meet the CM.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr M K Bhandari; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Planning Department; heads of several Departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings; Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Bhawani Rakwal; SSP Doda, Mohammad Shabir and officers of District administration were present on the occasion.
With this, Mehbooba Mufti has so far conducted such programmes at 12 districts of Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal in Kashmir Valley and Ramban, Samba, Kathua and Kishtwar districts in Jammu province during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties. The public outreach programmes launched by the Chief Minister have evoked an interesting response from the public who come up with their problems for an on the spot redressal.
FARID AHMED ZARGAR