‘Previous Govts deceived, exploited youth for jobs’
JAMMU, Feb 23: Union Minister in PMO with independent charge of North Eastern States, Dr Jitendra Singh today warned the MPs and former legislators for interfering in the tendering process of construction works in UT of Jammu and Kashmir State.
Talking to reporters here today on the sidelines of e-inauguration on PMGSY roads in his Kathua -Udhampur -Doda Parliamentary Constituency and taking stock of Centrally sponsored schemes in Udhampur and Kathua districts, Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated Modi Government’s commitment to transparency in public life. He said no MP or ex-legislator will be allowed by present dispensation at Centre to interfere in tendering process of Government schemes and projects.
Taking a dig at previous rulers who, he alleged, had set a wrong practice in this regard, the Union Minister warned that if any MP or former legislator is found involved in interfering or using his influence in allotting works to his nears and dears he will be strictly dealt under law of the land.
The Union Minister while calling the previous rulers as “Thugs”, said they had deceived and cheated the people by absorbing youth on casual basis without formulating any policy programme for their regularisation. “Today the situation is such that these hapless people are on roads and they have even turned overaged. This system needs to be changed so that no one is deceived or exploited on the false assurance of job in future,” he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh also said that no body will be allowed to cause impediments in construction works how influential he may be and all works will be allotted on merit basis only. He said a new work culture is emerging in J&K UT after August 5 and October 31 last year and the people who have become habitual of getting allotments on phone calls should adjust themselves to the changing system otherwise they will be great losers.
He said many drastic steps have been taken by Modi Government for speedy development of J&K and Ladakh UTs on pattern of North Eastern States. In this regard, the process of forest clearance and land acquisition for developmental projects and schemes has been eased, he added.
He said out of Rs 2500 crore road projects for 2020 and 2021 for J&K, Rs 1100 crore have been earmarked for Kathua -Udhampur and Doda Parliamentary constituency which is a vast and tough constituency. He said no project or developmental scheme should suffer for cutting the ribbon as the Minister or any VIP is not available.
The Union Minister said time bound completion of the national projects has been the priority of the present Government and the Biotech Park at Ghati, Kathua will be completed by October this year while rejuvenation of holy Devika in Udhampur will be completed by next year. He added that the monitoring of these projects is being done on daily basis.
He said the land acquisition process for Government Medical College Udhampur has been completed and work on the college will start soon while the first batch of the MBBS students will be started in makeshift building this year.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the work on Military Hospital bridge has been completed at Udhampur and it is through for the traffic now and work on Ujh Multipurpose Project has been started. He said work on Highway village in Lakhanpur, Kathua has been delayed because of the proposed six lanning of the National Highway.
He said that on Delhi-Amritsar- Katra corridor, DPR process has been completed and work will start soon. With construction of this corridor, the distance from Delhi to Jammu will be covered in six hours.
He, while making reference to Chattargala tunnel connecting Kathua district with Doda district, said that the purpose of these projects is not only connectivity but economic upliftment of people and creation of job avenues. He said present Government’s stress is on employability instead of giving employment and it is working to create avenues for employability.
He said all roadblocks in the way of new projects have been removed. With regard to resuming of internet services, he said for the security reasons the people too have to cooperate with the Government while the 2 G and broadband service are working.
Earlier, the Minister inaugurated various roads constructed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
The Minister along with Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma and Commissioner Secretary R&B, Khurshid Ahmad Shah dedicated the PMGSY roads to the rural population of far flung areas of various districts through e-inauguration from Jammu.
The Commissioner Secretary informed the Minister that these roads have been constructed in six districts of Jammu division including Kathua, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar benefitting 61 habitations. The total length of these roads is 137.285 Km which has been constructed with an expenditure of Rs. 74.74 crore.
Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister assured every possible help to the district administrations in their endeavor towards overall growth and development.
Among others the DCs of all the six districts, officers and officials of the concerned departments and public representatives were present on the occasion.
Dr Jitendra Singh, also convened exhaustive meeting with district administration of Udhampur to have a detailed review of progress on all Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) being executed in the district.
The MoS, while assessing status of various CSSs being implemented in Udhampur district, reviewed progress on prestigious Devika Project asking the executing agency to ensure expeditious completion of this vital work. He also had a thorough review of all CSSs being executed in the district.
He asked the BDC Chairpersons to submit the list of left out areas that require road connectivity in consultation with PRIs to PMGSY department.
He stressed that main focus of government is to empower PRIs and advised that officers to cooperate and ensure the all funds, functions and functionaries are transferred to the PRIS as per Government circulars.
While reviewing progress on National Highway, the MoS asked the construction companies to provide job opportunities to the local unemployed youths in a transparent manner.
He said that with the initiative of Government, large number of industries are being established in the UT of J&K and asked the local youth to come forward and join hands with these industrialists to start entrepreneurship in joint venture.
He asked the DDC Udhampur to ensure timely completion of all pending projects.
Dr Jitendra Singh asked the health authorities to take up the matter with MCI regarding starting of first year MBBS classes in Medical College, Udhampur from this session.
Earlier, DDC Udhampur Dr. Piyush Singla gave Power Point Presentation highlighting the achievements recorded under different CSSs including MGNREGA, PMAY, PMGSY, Ayushman Bharat, PM Kissan, PMKVY and other related programmes.
Dr Jitendra Singh, later chaired a meeting of District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) of Kathua district.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Singh said that the Committee is responsible for effective development coordination of almost all the programmes of Central Government, whether it is for infrastructure development or social and human resource development. The Committee will have coordination and monitoring powers and its role would be to facilitate timely execution of approved projects in the district, he added.
He directed all the HoDs to cancel all the attachments in their respective departments so that employees can work and render their services in remote and far off places. He also stressed on rationalization of staff especially in Health, Education and PHE department as people have high expectations from these departments.
Dr. Jitendra Singh directed DDC Kathua, O P Bhagat to issue the selection list of SPOs, which has been pending for the past few years.
Earlier, DDC O P Bhagat presented the district profile besides financial as well as physical progress of all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes being implemented in the district.
The Minister, after having a look on progress of various schemes in the district, asked the officers to strictly follow the guidelines while executing the schemes and take effective follow up of issues raised during the deliberations.