Govt has waged war against corruption: Advisor Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent

KUPWARA, Aug 20: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Ahmad Khan today said that the Elected Local Bodies are the basic pillars of democracy which are being empowered by providing funds for the first time to ensure local area development.
The Advisor was addressing a conference of Elected Local Bodies at Government Degree College Kupwara.
District Development Commissioner, Kupwara, Anshul Garg, SSP Kupwara, ADDC, ADC Kupwara, ADC Handwara, SDM Karnah, Chairman Municipal Council Kupwara, Presidents of Municipal Committees Handwara & Langate, BDC Chairpersons, Sarpanchs and District Officers were present.
The Advisor said that Kupwara is a politically mature district and its people always participate in the democratic process. He said officers should ensure that PRIs and ULBS are made more powerful by taking them into confidence while formulating developmental plans and other activities.
Hailing Kupwara as a scenic district, he asked the administration to take utmost attention to maintain its splendor by developing all means of sanitation. He advised District Administration for expediting the process of formulation of Solid Waste Management Plan in the district. He said cleanliness is equally important in rural areas as well as in cities, adding that PRIs should take lead in mass awareness in their areas for ensuring cleanliness.
He also said that Kupwara district has a huge potential for economic development and stressed the need for making Conceptual Paper for development of tourism in the district.
The Advisor stressed on the need for ensuring quality of macadamization and blacktopping going on in the district.
Referring to the menace of corruption, the Advisor said that the Government headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has waged a war against corruption. He advised the PRIs not to keep mum if they notice any kind of corrupt activity taking place in their area and inform the authorities immediately.
Earlier, the Advisor e-inaugurated Common Service Centres in 24 blocks of the district and said that this facility can be availed by general masses especially youth at the panchayat level.
The Advisor also distributed a Coffee Table Book at the conference which was distributed among all PRIs and the officers.

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