Accountability, transparency key to development: Altaf

* Rs 202.19 cr plan approved for Anantnag

Excelsior Correspondent

ANANTNAG, May 12: Minister for Finance,  Labour & Employment, Syed Altaf Bukhari today  said that accountability and transparency holds key to development and the present dispensation is committed to provide a clean and efficient administration to people.
The Minister stated this while chairing District Development Board (DDB) meeting of Anantnag district to discuss and approve the annual district plan.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Abdul Rehman Veeri, Minister for Tourism Tasaduq Hussain Mufti, Vice Chairman Gujjar & Bakarwal Adversary Board Gulzar Ahmad Khatana, concerned lawmakers, DDC Anantnag, besides sectoral and district level officers.
Stressing on the judicious use of resources, Altaf Bukhari, who is also Chairman of DDB Anantnag, impressed upon the officers to put in their sincere and dedicated efforts for proper utilization of the funds allocated under various schemes.  He also directed HoDs to conduct frequent field visits to monitor the quality and pace of developmental works.
He impressed upon the officers to work with added zeal and zest. He said that accountability and transparency in the administration is the key to develop a people-centric mechanism.
On the occasion, he directed the Director Technical Education that vocational courses like carpentry, catering, mobile repairing, fashion design courses etc should be introduced on an immediate basis in the newly constructed Polytechnic College Larkipora.
The Minister also asked the DDC to hold regular meetings to assess the implementation of the developmental and welfare schemes adding that the officers concerned will be made accountable for their work.
The Board approved an annual outlay of Rs.  202. 19 crore for the year 2018-19.
Earlier, the District Development Commissioner Mohammad Younis Malik briefed the meeting about the achievements made under various sectors in the district.
The Board resolved that the sectoral allocations will be reviewed in light of the priorities which will be laid down by the DDB aiming at increasing healthcare and banking infrastructure, focusing on horticulture preferably in high-density orchards, reviewing and resurrecting the animal and sheep husbandry sectors and impetus to the local economy.
During the meeting, the legislators presented their demands before the Chairman which among others included issues pertaining to social welfare, rural development, non-availability of timber, inadequate road infrastructure, healthcare, drinking water & Irrigation & electric coverage of uncovered inhabitations.
The Chairman assured the legislators that all their grievances and demands will be given due priority. The Chairman said that all the suggestions made by the MLAs would also be taken care of by provisional heads.


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