Poonch : Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, today conducted an extensive tour of Manjakote and Mendhar blocks of Rajouri and Poonch districts to assess development scenario in the areas besides taking stock of public grievances.
As many as, three delegations from Rajouri and eleven delegations from Poonch district called on the Advisor and apprised him of their grievances and demands.
District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan, BDC Chairperson Manjakote, Shamshad Begum, DDC member Manjakote, Shabir Khan, Superintending Engineer Jal Shakti, Programme Officer ICDS, Chief Horticulture Officer, Assistant Commissioner Development besides other district officers were present on the occasion.
A deputation of Sarpanchs led by Former Sarpanch, Qayoom Paryali, raised a number of issues and demands including augmentation of water and power supply, special recruitment drive of border battalion, sanctioning of a Degree College, boarding school, establishment of tehsil level offices in Manjakote, construction of new roads, timely payment of wages to daily wagers, sanctioning of additional community and individual bunkers, ambulance facilities, speedy execution of development works, repair and renovation of panchayat ghars etc.
A deputation of prominent citizens led by Babu Hussain brought forth several demands and issues like sanctioning of Kendriya Vidyalaya, upgradation of Middle School Khatarmal to High School, construction of road from Kakora to BG etc.
A deputation of youth projected several issues including sanctioning of a Munsif Court, creation of post for Sub divisional Magistrate, sanctioning of a nursing college,lack of funds under BADP, lowering of income slab for Pahari category etc.
BDC Chairperson Manjakote apprised the Advisor of a number of issues including sanctioning of an ITI College, blacktopping of local roads,construction of road from Kakora to BG, upgradation of schools, grid station, sanctioning of a trauma centre between Rajouri and Patrara etc.
DDC member Manjakote Constituency raised some issues of the locals like sanctioning of funds under TSP in the block, digging of 4 to 5 borewells to meet the shortage of drinking water supply, restoration of 4G internet to facilitate the youth in their studies,sanctioning of a receiving station between Darilayote to Gambir Muglan, JK Bank Branch at Gambir Muglan, sanctioning of additional Anganwadi Centres, Mini Sports Stadium, paucity of staff in education and health institutions etc and sought immediate redressal of all the genuine grievances of the public to mitigate their sufferings.
The Advisor patiently listened to the demands and issues raised by the public and said that the LG Administration is committed to provide better and adequate drinking water,power,health,education and other facilities to the people of the UT.
Regarding the augmentation of water and power supply,the Advisor said that the Government is taking necessary steps in this regard and all the issues pertaining to these sectors shall be redressed in a time bound manner.
About pension related issues, he informed that recently as many as 03 lacs pension cases of the UT have been sanctioned and it is being made sure that no eligible beneficiary is left out from availing the benefits of the pension scheme.
Regarding the issue of unemployment of the youth,the Advisor told that two border battalions for the border belts of the district have been sanctioned and the recruitment shall be done within the shortest possible time.He also added that a number of posts are being advertised by the concerned recruitment agencies and the recruitment process is being done on a fast track manner to mitigate the sufferings of the youth.
About the construction of border bunkers,the Advisor informed that persistent efforts shall be made to complete the ongoing works on the bunkers and also the additional bunkers shall be constructed wherever required.
Regarding the sanctioning of the Anganwadi centres in the block,the Advisor said that a survey by the concerned authority is under way and the soon after the completion of the survey, necessary steps will be taken in this regard.
The Advisor also made the public aware of several welfare schemes and programmes launched by the Government and urged upon them to avail the benefits of the same.
The Advisor issued on spot directions to the concerned officers to look into all the issues projected by the delegations and the individuals and initiate action for early redressal of the same.
Adviser also distributed blankets among girls of narinakitan at Mendhar to girl child under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.
At Poonch, various deputations of various political parties besides the deputations of BDC Chairpersons, DDC Members and Sarpanches and Panches also met the Advisor and apprised about a number of issues and demands and sought immediate redressal of the same.
The major issues and demands projected by the deputations in public hearing programme included blacktopping of Ram kund Mandir road,road from BG to Baalnoi, Ziarat road, Sakhi Maidan road etc. They also demanded for establishment of a sports stadium at each Panchayat of the block to harness the sports talent in the youth, setting up a PDD workshop for timely repairing the electrical appliances, construction of Gujjar and Bakerwal Hostel, upgradation of some educational institutions including High School Paltan Peer, High School Kasbrari, sanctioning of a ration depot at each Panchayat, completion of work on PHE lift Scheme and Higher Secondary School building at Bata Puria, sanctioning of additional bunkers for the safety of the border residents, sanctioning of Degree College at Balakote etc.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to all the issues and demands raised by the public on the occasion and passed necessary directions to the concerned authorities for the redressal of the same in a time bound manner.
The Advisor said that the LG Administration is working 24/7 to ensure that all the basic facilities in terms of Food, Health, Water, Power supply, Roads etc are provided to the common masses in an efficient manner and all possible steps are being taken for the welfare of the masses so that they don’t face any inconveniences in their daily life.
Advisor also made the public aware of various welfare schemes and programmes launched by the Government for the public and urged upon them to avail the benefits of the same.
District Development Commissioner Poonch, Rahul Yadav, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Angral, Sub Divisional Magistrate Mendhar, Sahil Jandyal, Assistant Commissioner Development, Rajesh Lakhan, CEO Tourism Development Authority, Mohammad Tanveer besides other district and sectoral officers were also present on the occasion.