NEW DELHI, Jan 13: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subrahmanyam today called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed a wide range of State related issues, including development projects and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Feb 3.
Dr Jitendra Singh complimented the Chief Secretary for distinguished performance of the State of Jammu & Kashmir in implementation of “Ayushman Bharat” programme. He said, he was particularly impressed to learn that, out of around 30 lakh Gold Cards distributed across the country so far, as many over 11 lakh have been distributed in Jammu & Kashmir alone.
The Chief Secretary was also lauded by Dr Jitendra Singh for the push given to various national level projects under the Governor’s regime during the last few months. He particularly mentioned the historic national projects like Shahpur-Kandi and Ujh Multipurpose projects in Kathua, Devika River Rejuvenation project in Udhampur and Rattle-Power project in Kishtwar. All these projects are going to be game -changers as far as irrigation, power generation and environment are concerned, and had been awaited by the people for several years, he added.
B.V.R Subrahmanyam briefed Dr Singh about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the State on February 3 and also discussed the arrangements undertaken. The Chief Secretary informed that a request was being made for the launch by Prime Minister of projects worth over Rs.35,000 crore and some of these like Shahpur-Kandi project, Ujh Multipurpose project and Devika River Rejuvenation project were the ones which had been sanctioned for funding after the announcement of Rs.80,000 crore package by Prime Minister Modi in 2015.
The issue of reservation for residents for International Border(IB), at par with LoC, also came up in the discussion.