FARID AHMED ZARGAR
DODA : The presti gious second edition of ‘My Town My Pride’ programme concluded today in all the three MCs of the district on an optimistic note.
At Doda, Principal Secretary PDD, H. Rajesh Prasad, alongwith Deputy Commissioner, Vishesh Paul Mahajan and President MC Doda, took stock of various activities, inspected stalls of all the service delivery departments where public got their issues settled on the spot at the concerned departmen- tal stalls. He also chaired a meeting on proposed Capex Budget 2023-24. Principal Secretary inau- gurated and dedicated to the public, Truck Terminal and laid foundation stone of MRF at Akram Abad Doda. He distributed certificates and sanction letters of finan- cial assistance among aspir- ing entrepreneurs, small ven- dors and street hawkers of MC Doda.
The Principal Secretary, accompanied by DC, SSP and President MC Doda, attended the Greh Parvesh ceremonies of newly constructed houses under PMAY Urban scheme.
They also participated in a plantation drive held near Ganpat Bridge. On the occasion, Principal Secretary released a book written by local writer Sana Khan. A cultural programme and skits organised by Social Welfare and JKAACL depart- ments were also presented on the occasion. Principal Secretary also interacted with students and staff at Government Higher Secondary School Boys and inaugurated a volley ball match there. He stressed on the students to bring in con- ceptual clarity in all subjects to achieve the desired suc- cess. Public’s eye, Consciousness & Participation are prerequisite for model Towns, said Pr. Sec. PDD while his interac- tion with ULB members and public at Community Hall Doda. The entire programme of MTMP was held in all three MCs under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner, Vishesh Paul Mahajan. At Bhaderwah, the func- tion was held at Community Hall Bhaderwah where visit- ing officer, Raj Kumar Katoch, member, J&K Special Tribunal Jammu Branch, along with ADC Bhaderwah, Chowdhary Dil Mir and MC President, Dr Shahid Mughal, interacted with ULB members and con- ducted other scheduled activ- ities. At Thathri town, Visiting Officer, Dr Khalid Hussain Malik, Joint Director Employment Jammu, along with SDM Thathri, Athar Amin Zargar and President MC Thathri, inspected stalls, met different people and inspected various govern- ment offices in the town. It is pertinent to mention here that ‘My Town My Pride’ programme is an ambitious and innovative initiative of the government to reach out to the people at the grassroots level and strengthen the Urban Local Bodies which inturn ensure deliverance of public services at doorsteps and provides a platform to town people to put their issues before the govern- ment. The visiting officers inspected stalls of all the service delivery departments installed in the three MCs. Later, the visiting officers had exclusive interaction with ULB members, frontline government functionaries, social activists/NGOs, prominent citizens and oth- ers. They had detailed discus- sion with members of ULBs and public on Nasha Mukht Abhiyaan, Cleanliness Campaigns, Proposed Capex Budget 2023-24 and other social and commercial issues. Visiting officers along with ULBs visited waste- management facility, com- munity/public toilet facili- ties, completed and ongoing PMAY-U houses, govern- ment assets, community halls, local schools, health institutions, AWCs, banks and water bodies.