JAMMU, MAY 15: The District Development Board (DDB) today approved R168.30 cr annual plan for Doda district at its meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister for Social Welfare, Science & Technology and ARI & Training, Sajjad Gani Lone here at Convocation Center. The DDB meeting was also attended by the Minister of State for Education and Tourism, Shakti Raj Parihar; Vice Chairman J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, Daljit Singh Chib; Legislators, Heads of various Departments and district administration.
Speaking at the meeting, Sajjad Lone called for laying special focus on core sectors and constant perusal for completing the procedural formalities resulting in early start of proposed projects. He asked the district administration to furnish a detailed report about the projects pending for want of different formalities including forest clearance so as to seek instant solution from concerned quarters. He underlined need for systematic removal of bottlenecks hindering vital projects and strengthening service sector to provide sustained benefits to the people.
Expressing concern and displeasure over shortage of medical staff in the health institutions in the district, the Minister directed the district administration to approach the concerned authorities to take immediate steps in this regard. He directed Heath Department to sort the issue at an earliest and express serious concern over the failure of Health Department to appoint different streams of doctors as per commitment made in the last meeting.
Meanwhile, projecting the issues of their respective constituencies, the legislators sought upgrading of schools, health institutions, new connectivity and maintenance of existing PMGSY roads, promotion of agriculture and allied sectors, improvement of power scenario, augmentation of drinking and irrigation water facilities, creation of tourism infrastructure at potential places and the issues related to healthcare and education.
Earlier, giving a resume of achievements recorded under past financial year plan, the Deputy Commissioner said that against available funds to the tune of R14611.052 lakh, an expenditure of R13985.174 lakh was made in last fiscal thus registering an achievement of about 96%.
He also gave detailed overview of completed and ongoing roads, bridges, schools buildings under PMGSY, R&B, Rural Development and Education sector schemes.