My Town, My Pride’ starts across six municipal areas of Kathua district

Kathua: The maiden urban outreach programme ‘My Town, My Pride’ today started with great enthusiasm in municipal areas of Kathua, Lakhanpur, Basohli, Billawar, Hiranagar and Nagri-Parole under Urban Connect drive of administration of JKUT.
Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department, Talat Parvez Rohella, the visiting officer for Kathua Municipal Council, presided over the first day activities including interaction with elected councillors of Kathua Municipal Council, besides listening to the issues of locals.
The Commissioner Secretary inspected stalls put up by different departments viz Agriculture, Revenue, Horticulture, Floriculture, AYUSH, Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, School Education, ICDS, Handloom, Handicrafts, F&CS, Social welfare, MVD, Poshan, banks where resource persons educated the people about different schemes and services offered by their respective departments.
‘My Town, My Pride’ was launched to get first hand feedback from all the stakeholders to plan the developmental needs of urban population, ensuring timely redress of problems, besides prioritizing speedy execution of identified works, said the Commissioner Secretary.
He said people living in urban areas have advantage to get access to government departments and technical knowhow at the shortest distance in contrast to the rural areas where there are a lot of hindrances.
On the occasion, the Commissioner Secretary distributed Domicile and Category certificates to the applicants. He also gave away loan approval letters to the street vendors.
DDC Kathua, O.P Bhagat, SSP Kathua, Shailendra Mishra, Director Urban Local Bodies, President Kathua Municipal Council, Naresh Sharma and a large number of people were also present.
Meanwhile, the outreach activities also received overwhelming response in Basohli, Billawar, Hiranagar, Lakhanpur and Nagri-parole towns where people from all walks of life turned up in large numbers at the venues.
At Basohli, the Visiting Officer, Anuradha Rani (Member, J&K Special Tribunal) inaugurated newly constructed lanes in ward 6,7 and 8 of Municipal Committee wards constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 2.63 lakh. She also inspected 14 stalls of different departments put up for the awareness of the general public.
At Lakhanpur, the Visiting Officer, Nawab Din (Regional Director, Land and Surveys) discussed in length the issue of waste management with ULB members as the area has a huge footfall of visitors. He also listened to the grievances of the locals.
At Nagri-Parole, the Visiting Officer, Mohammed Saleem (Director Tribal Affairs, J&K) distributed 11 passbooks among the beneficiaries of Laadli Beti Yojna and documents to 4 beneficiaries of the National urban livelihood mission.
At Hiranagar, Angrez Singh Rana, (MD JKRTC) interacted with ULB members, inspected under construction park, sports stadium, SDH Hiranagar, government institutions. He also distributed sports kits and felicitated sports persons.
At Billawar, Visiting Officer, Preduman Krishan Bhat, (Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes) inspected ongoing works and buildings, besides listening to the demands and problems of councillors and individuals hailing from different wards of the municipal areas of the town.
The inspection of government institutions and ULB assets, distribution of Laadli beti passbooks, distribution of sports kits were among other features on the first day of the event