Bali announces Rs 8 lakh for new works in Raipur-Damana

Former Minister, Bali Bhagat laying foundation stone of bathing ghat at Mishriwala on Thursday.
Former Minister, Bali Bhagat laying foundation stone of bathing ghat at Mishriwala on Thursday.

* Distributes cheques worth Rs 6.36 lakh under SBM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 11: Former Minister and MLA Raipur-Domana today visited Raipur and Mishriwala Panchayats to take stock of the developmental activities and essential services in the area.
At Raipur, the MLA announced Rs. three lakh from his Constituency Development Funds (CDF) for the construction of Bathing Ghat on the village Pond. He also issued instructions to the concerned officers to undertake further development and beautification of the Pond and construction of a plate form near the Pond to facilitate the morning walkers and commoners. Mr. Bali also directed the concerned for upgradation of existing 100 KVA electric transformer to 250 KVA.
Addressing a large gathering of people, the former Minister said that ponds are the traditional source of water from the ancient times which needs to be preserved by the locals for multiple uses and also as heritage for the coming generations. He said Pancayats have greater role to develop and preserve the assets which are useful for the community use. He promised to tone up the essential services in the Panchayat.
Highlighting the achievements of the Social Welfare and Forest Departments during the 10-month BJP-PDP Govern-ment, Mr. Bali said that several people friendly welfare schemes were launched which included, Ladli Beti, State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS), Aasra and Hunar. These schemes were aimed at to benefit the poorest of the poor and promoting the girl child in the State. Similarly, in Forest Department, the previous Government under a vigorous anti-encroachment drive retrie-ved over 26000 kanals of forest land from the illegal possession of the encroachers. These initiatives were highly appreciated by the general masses.
Mr. Bali also distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 6.36 lakh amongst the 53 beneficiaries @ Rs. 12000/- each under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) for construction of toilet units in Raipur and Kote Panchayats.
At village Jabki in Mishriwala Panchayat, the MLA laid foundation of a Bathing Ghat to be developed at a cost of Rs. 3 lakh. He also announced Rs. 2 lakh for construction of Cremation Ground (Shamshan Ghat) at the village. The funds for both these works will be provided from the CDF.