KULGAM, Feb 23: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq, today pitched for making constituencies as nodal points of development and plan execution. He also urged public representatives to serve as prime movers of development by properly monitoring the developmental activities.
The Minister stated this while chairing District Development Board meeting of Kulgam district to discuss and approve the annual district plan today.
MP Nazir Ahmad Laway, MLAs Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Abdul Majid Bhat, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Abdul Majid Padder, DDC Kulgam, heads of concerned departments, district and sectoral officers, besides other concerned attended the meeting.
On the occasion, DDC Showkat Aijaz Bhat briefed the Minister about progress made in the implementation of previous DDB decisions. It was given out that against availability of Rs 68.29 crore, an expenditure of Rs 45.13 crore has been made by mid-February 2017.
Abdul Haq impressed the officials of Horticulture Department to develop high density orchards in the district by providing the root-stock to the orchardists. Besides, he enjoined them to provide grafted walnut plants for upper Devsar and DH Pora belts.
The Minister said that the Government is committed to provide funds to only those projects which have been technically approved and vetted by the Departments.
He directed the officers to prioritise those schemes and projects which are near completion but linger on due to meagre funding so that they can be physically and financially completed.
The Chairman exhorted the officers to take the development on mission mode basis so that its fruition is cherished by the general public.
On the occasion legislators sought the realignment in 33 KV Yaripora receiving station with Kulgam grid station. They also highlighted the need of augmenting strength of doctors and paramedics, besides completion of pending work of different PHCs in the district.