JAMMU, Jan 19: Dy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said that the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is a landmark initiative of the Union Government envisaging establishment of infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply for urban transformation.
“Improving infrastructure and service delivery system in cities having one lakh and more population through better governance and financial management system forms the stuff of the scheme”, the Deputy Chief Minister said while addressing one day interactive workshop held here today to sensitize the stakeholders regarding various reforms to be implemented under AMRUT.
The workshop was organized by Housing and Urban Development Department in collaboration with Jammu Municipal Corporation and IPE Global Limited as knowledge partners.
Pertinently, IPE Global Limited is working as project development and management committee for AMRUT in Jammu and Kashmir.
It was informed in the workshop that so far, five cities/towns including Jammu Srinagar, Leh, Kargil and Anantnag have been covered under various sectors of AMRUT with a total allocation of Rs 593.05 crore for next five years.
The workshop sensitized the participants on milestones to be achieved as reforms under e-governance, constitution and professionalization of municipal cadre, municipal tax and improvement in levy and collection of user charges and energy and water audit for 2015-16 and 2016-17 in the State.
While speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister stressed upon the participants to actualize the reforms for uplift and up gradation of the city and accept this as a challenge to benefit the people. He said that the execution of new ideas floated and pondered upon in the workshop for human resource development, SCADA system for water supply and e-governance can propel the city towards better living standards.
Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Social Welfare and Urban and Housing Development Department Asiea Naqash, while underscoring the importance of the event, exhorted upon the stakeholders to ensure that no stone is left unturned while executing the plans under AMRUT movement with no compromise on the quality of the work.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister met several deputations including Anganwari Workers Union led by Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh and All J&K Gaddi Sippi Tribes Welfare Association here.
The Anganwari Workers Union highlighted the issues related to their service and demanded early redressal of their grievances.
Minister for Social Welfare Sajad Gani Lone was also present on the occasion.
The Deputy Chief Minister assured the Anganwari workers speedy redressal of their genuine demands and asked the Minister to look into the matter on humanitarian basis.
While interacting with the representatives of all J&K Gaddi Sippi Tribes Welfare Association, Dr Singh assured them that their demands would be looked into and addressed.
Legislators R S Pathania, Jeevan Lal and Dina Nath Bhagat were also present on the occasion.
The demands which were discussed include establishment of an advisory board for development of Gaddi Sippi Tribes, establishment of Gaddi Sippi hostel, special economic package for these tribes and grant of ST status for Kolis.