Better amenities in rural areas priority of Govt: Dy CM

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 21 : Reiterating resolve of the Government to develop rural and far flung areas on modern lines, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said Coalition Government is keen to provide all basic amenities to the people living in far-off areas at par with those living in urban areas, for which various development projects have been launched in rural areas.
Tara Chand was holding a public meeting at Pargwal in which Sarpanchs, Panchs, prominent citizens, senior officers of various departments and a large number of people participated.
On the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister impressed upon the executing agencies engaged in cluster model village Pargwal project to speed up the pace and progress of the work, so as to complete the project within the stipulated time frame besides ensuring quality work with judicious use of funds.
He assured people that model village, Pargwal being developed under cluster area approach of Border Area Development Project (BADP) would be completed at the earliest, adding that the model village project will include creation of modern infrastructure and after completion will have facilitates like mobile dispensaries with potable equipments, educational infrastructure in primary and middle schools will be upgraded by constructing hostel facility, better lanes and drain facilities, augmentation of drinking water supply, bus stops at various locations, Mini Mandis at various villages, play fields, eight Community cum facilities Centres (CFC), Anganwari centres, guest house and various other developmental infrastructure.
On the occasion, the Sarpanches, Panches apprised the Deputy Chief Minister about their grievances and demands of their respective areas which mainly include interrupted power supply, safe drinking water, road connectivity, upgradation of schools, benefits under various state and centrally sponsored government schemes, assurance for adequate water availability for irrigation purpose in coming summer season, etc.
Responding to their demands, Mr. Tara Chand assured that all their genuine demands would be redressed in a stipulated time frame.
While directing PHE authorities, the Deputy Chief Minister said that keeping in view the coming summer season all the completed lift irrigation schemes in the area should be tested and commissioned at the earliest for benefit of the people of the area.