JAMMU, Feb 21: Minister for Health & Medical Eduction, Bali Bhagat, who is also the Chairman of District Development Board (DDB), Kishtwar, today chaired the review meeting of the Board which was held in the Convention Centre here and called upon the district administration for accelerating the pace of developmental activities to achieve the remaining targets in a time bound manner, with special thrust on quality works.
Minister of State for Transport, PWD (R&B) and Revenue, Sunil Kumar Sharma, Chairperson, J&K Social Welfare Advisory Board, Prof. Nirmala Gupta, Vice Chairman, Advisory Board for OBC, Rashpal Verma, Member Parliament, Shamsher Singh Manhas, Legislators G.M Saroori, Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo, Firdous Tak, Shyam Lal Bhagat, Naresh Gupta, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, G.N Balwan, SSP Kishtwar, Sandeep Wazir, Heads of various departments and all District Officers attended the meeting.
While reviewing the physical and financial achievements under different sectors in the district, Bali called upon the officers and agencies to work in close coordination to accomplish the targets well within the time line. He also stressed the need for improving the monitoring mechanism to ensure quality control and judicious use of funds on assets being created. He issued specific instructions to the officers to implement all decisions/recommendations of the DDB in letter and spirit to maintain the sanctity of this high level institution.
He directed the Deputy Commissioner to personally monitor the progress of major projects and take all possible steps to address the hurdles coming in the way of completion of works. He directed for paying special attention on the areas having low progress and putting serious efforts to realize the targets in time. He directed the concerned departments to work in close synergy and plan so that the issues are resolved quickly giving impetus to the developmental initiatives.
While reviewing the status of various on-going developmental projects in the district and Action Taken Report (ATR) on the decisions of previous DDB meeting, the Board expressed serious concern on the slow progress on significant Naigad PHE scheme and directed the concerned authorities to take all necessary steps to clear the bottlenecks, if any, coming in the way of completion of project. It issued specific instructions to the DDC and PHE authorities to immediately pay the compensation on account of forest clearance, which is the major hindrance to the project.
The Board also directed the concerned authorities to focus on speedy completion of projects under road, health, education, PDD, horticulture, agriculture, rural development which are closely linked with the common man. The members sought immediate filling up of vacant posts of teachers, lecturers, doctors and para-medics in the district, saying that the public is suffering due to large number of vacancies. The Members also raised the area specific issues and urged the administration to attend to these on priority.