JAMMU, FEB 14: Parmeshwaran Iyer, Secretary Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, called on the Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Iyer apprised Governor about J&K’s performance under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, the Prime Minister’s flagship Scheme and urgent need to improve sanitation and cleanliness through effective solid and liquid waste management.
Governor discussed with Iyer ongoing and planned projects relating to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, which has been declared as one of the ten Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) under Phase-1 of the Swachh Bharat Mission, for improving cleanliness, waste collection, disposal and accessibility facilities at Katra besides various sanitation infrastructure and facilities on way to the Shrine. Iyer assured of all required support to the Shrine Board under SIP.
Aijaz Ali Khan, former IGP, called on Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today. Khan informed Governor about the work being done by him for securing development and restoration of peace and security in Uri, his hometown.
Governor urged Khan to continue sustained efforts for promoting a peaceful environment which would be conducive for development and welfare of the people of Kashmir and take all possible initiatives to safeguard interests of youth besides ensuring their non-involvement in non-productive activities.
A 11-member delegation of the All J&K Christian Welfare Association led by its State President, S M Gill met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and expressed very strong resentment about burning of a Church at Nowshera in Rajouri.
The delegation appealed to the Governor for immediate intervention to ensure reconstruction of their place of worship and compensation for their losses. The delegation also informed the Governor about their other difficulties which included, reservation in jobs and professional Colleges for Christians; setting up of a Minority Commission in the State with due representation to Christians; handing over of two Social Welfare Centres for Christians situated at Christian Colony Residency Road and Old Rehari in Jammu to community; nominating a representative of the community to the State Legislature etc. Governor lauded the notable role being played by Christian Missionaries in the field of education and observed that he would address the Chief Minister about their demands.
Meanwhile, the Union Secretary, who is on a visit to winter capital, also called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today. The Union Secretary briefed the Chief Minister about schemes and allocations of his Ministry about the State.
The Chief Minister impressed upon Iyer to enhance funds allocations to the State owing to less precipitation during current winter which may result into more demands of drinking water and irrigation facilities in the State.