No more sale of jobs will be allowed in J&K: LG Sinha

Jammu :  Stating that the government is working on the principle of “Governance for all” and not for a select few, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday said that no more sale of jobs will be allowed in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“No more sales of Jobs will be allowed in J&K. All the culprits in the alleged irregularities in recruitment examination of Sub-Inspector, Financial Account Assistant and Junior Engineer will be punished severely,” said the Lieutenant Governor while addressing the gathering after inaugurating and laying foundation stone of several projects worth Rs.195 cores to accelerate the development of 229 Panchayats at Sports Stadium in Poonch district.

He said that dedicated efforts are being made to establish a corruption free, drug free and job-oriented society.

Sinha also inaugurated Hockey Astro Turf at the Shaheed DySP Manjeet Singh Memorial Government Higher Secondary School and a Boxing hall at the Sports Stadium and dedicated the facilities to the youth and sportspersons of the District.

The Lt Governor said, “It is our firm resolve to strengthen the connectivity in border villages. 14 road projects worth Rs. 50 crore launched today will bring prosperity and help in overall development of the area”.

He said that 20 mobile towers and a Trauma Centre to come up soon in Poonch.

The Lt Governor highlighted that in the last two years, the administration has tried diligently to ensure that the benefits of infrastructure and social welfare reach even the remotest villages of this border district.

Last year, a total of 1734 projects were completed in Poonch which exceeded the target set in the district capex. This year, under the district capex budget, Rs 924 crore was allocated to the district for development works and out of 1412 projects taken up this year, 80 percent work will be completed by 31 October, it was informed.

The Lt Governor also paid homage to Padma Shri Mali- a female member of Gujjar Community who saved Poonch in 1971 war on the occasion. As a tribute to Mali’s invaluable contribution to the country, Govt Degree College, Mandi will be named after her, he further announced.

“Effective steps shall be taken by the district administration to make young generations aware of her inspiring saga”, the Lt Governor added.

The Lt Governor said, Poonch is our pride and several steps are being taken to transform its ecological richness and evolve innovative and ecologically sustainable ways of promoting tourism that will provide greater thrust to other economic activities.

As a significant step towards tapping the immense tourism potential of the district, the project of tourist infrastructure development of Noori Chhamb under PMDP was also inaugurated today.

During his visit to the border district, the Lt Governor launched projects worth Rs. 78.80 Crores for the welfare of tribal communities and observed that several infrastructure projects, including bridge, roads, power sub-stations, smart class rooms, model villages will spearhead the cause of sustainable rural development.

14 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras will create local facilities for value addition to traditional forest products and empower tribal communities. Various other benefits extended to small farmland owners, people living in border villages will infuse a sense of self-confidence, said the Lt Governor.

Observing that Tribal community awaited social justice for years, the Lt Governor said under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various schemes have been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir and today every tribal family has been granted their long due constitutional rights.

Under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Program, (PMEGP), skill development for tribal youth has been started in Poonch and two batches of training have been completed. The Government is bearing the expenses of the Coaching for young boys and girls of the tribal community for the Civil Services, J&K Administrative Service examination, NEET, JEE examination, it was informed.

The Lt Governor announced that there will be no shortage of funds for those youths who aspire to become entrepreneurs.

In Poonch last year, as many as 1479 young boys and girls have been made entrepreneurs and they have also provided employment to more than 3500 people.

“This year also we have set a target to make 1062 youth entrepreneurs. Under the Mumkin program of Mission Youth, 97 vehicles have been distributed among the youth and under Tejaswini Yojana, we are moving towards fulfilling the dream of 300 girls to become entrepreneurs,” noted the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor said the special focus of administration is on development of border villages by ensuring effective implementation of projects under BADP, Samridh Seema Yojana and Aspirational Block. 55 projects of Samridh Seema Yojna and 11 projects of Aspirational Block have been approved and their tendering process is going on, he observed.

Addressing the demands of the public representatives and people of Poonch, the Lt Governor assured that Mendhar, Poonch Mini Secretariat will be completed soon. Power capacity of various areas of Poonch including Chandak, Mendhar, Loran will also be augmented to cater to the needs of the people.