DDB approves Rs 247.14 cr annual plan for Baramulla

Excelsior Correspondent
BARAMULLA, May 16: The District Development Board (DDB) today approved Rs 247.14 crore annual plan for Baramulla district out of which Rs 13.94 crore for regular schemes, Rs 23.44 crore  as loan, Rs 194.35 crore as Central Share, Rs 15.23 crore as State Share for CSS and Rs 15.34 lakh as Loan State Share for the year 2018-19 at its meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Abdul Rehman Veeri.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Horticulture, Law Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Syed Basharat Bukhari,  Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Higher Education Molvi Imran Raza Ansari,  Vice Chairmen of Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board, Gulzar Ahmad Khatana, Legislators Javeed Hasan Beig, Yawar Dilawar Mir, Haji Abdul Rasheed, Mohammad Abbas Wani, Mohammed Shafi, Muzaffar Parray,  Ghulam Nabi Monga, heads of various departments and the district administration team led by Deputy Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash.
Speaking at the meeting, Veeri called for laying special focus on core sectors and constant perusal for completing the procedural formalities resulting in the early start of proposed projects. He asked the district administration to furnish a detailed report about the projects pending for want of different formalities including forest clearance so as to seek an instant solution from the concerned quarters.
He underlined the need for systematic removal of bottlenecks hindering vital projects and strengthening service sector to provide sustained benefits to the people.
The Minister asked the District Development Commissioner to put in a strong monitoring mechanism so that progress is monitored on regular basis and bottleneck would be removed accordingly for timely completion of projects.
“If we are serious towards our duties and putting in sincere efforts in implementing the programmes, schemes on the ground, than nobody will stop us to change the development scenario in the state”, the Chairperson said.
He also directed HoDs to conduct frequent field visits to monitor the quality and pace of developmental works.
Terming the role of the legislators important with regard to development process, the Minister said that the local representatives should also be involved in formulation and implementation of developmental activities, so that the scope of these initiatives gets broadened. He said that the schemes being implemented would ensure that the socio- economic profile of the people of the area gets a fillip.
Meanwhile, projecting the issues of their respective constituencies, Minister for Horticulture, Law & Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Minister for IT, YSS and Higher Education along with other legislators sought upgrading of schools, health institutions, new connectivity and maintenance of existing PMGSY roads, promotion of agriculture and allied sectors, improvement of power scenario, augmentation of drinking and irrigation water facilities, creation of tourism infrastructure at potential places and the issues related to healthcare, education and other vital sectors.
Earlier, giving a resume of achievements recorded under past financial year plan, the Deputy Commissioner said that an expenditure of Rs. 134 crore was made in the last fiscal registering an achievement of about 75%.