*CEC Leh chairs GCM
LEH, Feb 13: A committee of both Leh and Kargil Hill Councils has initiated an exercise to recommend more amendments in the Act where under these Councils were established.
The issue was discussed threadbare in the two-day General Council Meeting (GCM) of LAHDC, Leh which began today under the chairmanship of Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Leh Gyal P Wangyal.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Tsering Sandup, EC (Agri) Phuntsog Stanzin, EC (Education) Konchok Stanzin, EC (Minority) Mumtaz Hussain, MP Ladakh Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, DC/CEO, LAHDC Leh Sachin Kumar, Councilors, Opposition leader in House, Gyurmet Dorjey and district officers.
Addressing the meeting, CEC Wangyal informed the meeting about the initiatives of present council in devising policies for environment, education, tourism and health sectors for Leh district. Regarding shortage of JEs in the district, Wangyal said that by the end of his month posts of JEs will be outsourced and preference will given to locals.
Responding to the questions raised by opposition councilors regarding concern of Job and Environment protection in Ladakh, MP Ladakh Jamyang said that fulfilling all the demands in merely 6 months after Ladakh gets UT status is unfair and impossible, but assured that the present Central Government will care for Ladakh and protect its interests.
Starting the proceedings of GCM, Wangyal said that the Government has conveyed a ceiling of Rs 136.39 Crores under Capex Budget 2019-20 for Leh district, which includes Rs 57.52 crores under regular scheme, Rs 12 crores under NABARD, Rs 2 crore under NABARD State share, Rs 55.45 crores under Central Share CSS and Rs 9.42 crores under State Matching share for centrally sponsored schemes.
Accordingly, the LAHDC, Leh submitted an action plan of Rs 142.14 crores with a step up of 10% on the ceiling conveyed under Regular scheme. But, after repeated persuasion the State Government has approved only Rs 57.52 crores under Regular schemes and released total funds of Rs 68.32 Crores till date. Against the released funds, Rs 23.02 crores has been utilized by the end of Jan 2020.
A wide discussion was made over the projects under PWD including PMGSY, BADP, CRF, NABARD and other sponsored scheme of PHE in the house. Regarding completion of Choglamsar Bridge over Indus River, SE PWD Leh assured that the remaining work will start in April and the bridge will be completed by first week of June.
EC Konchok Stanzin highlighted the achievements of project Tsang-da in the district and said that Council will open such projects at Tangtsey and Panamik also. The concerned Councillor also demanded Project Tsang-da at Summor, Turtuk, Tsomoriri etc.