Jora on 4-day visit to Leh, listens public grievances

Excelsior Correspondent
LEH, June 1: Beginning his four day visit to the district, Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora today visited Gya, Meru, Rumtsey, Sasoma, Phuktsey, Shara and Igoo villages of Kharu Block to take stock of availability of ration, power supply, medical services and functioning of schools and ICDS centers.
People of these villages highlighted before Minister the demands like proper power supply by streamlining the electricity lines, installment of BSNL mobile tower, opening of sheep centre, filling up of vacancies of medical staff, providing public convenience facility, flood protection band at Meru, foot suspension bridge for Meru Pharka and science teacher in High School, Gya.
Giving patient hearing, Mr Jora issued directions to the concerned authorities for filling up of the vacant posts of medical staff and teachers. He also announced to build public convenience at three places. In village Meru, he reviewed the utilization of Rs 2 lakh that has already been given to build protection band.
The minister announced Rs 10 lakh for building a public gathering place at Gya, Rs1 lakh each to Sasoma and Meru for public works and Rs 2 lakh to Rumtse from his Area Development Fund.
Acknowledging the absence of electricity in Phuktsey village and non-functioning of the solar lanterns because of poor batteries, the Minister promised to give funds for new batteries and announced Rs 2 lakh for the community library.
During his visit to Shara, people demanded upgradation of medical aid center, improvement of High School infrastructure, upgradation of Primary School of Sharnos to Middle School and schemes of drinking water.
Responding to the demands of the villagers, Mr Jora instructed the concerned authorities to improve school infrastructure under RMSA scheme and ordered the concerned engineers to make hand pumps functional under PHE schemes at the earliest. For community centers of Sharnos and Shara, the Minister announced Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh respectively.
Addressing the unemployed educated youth of the area, he said, “Government cannot provide job to everyone, so you all must avail loans under Sher-e-Kashmir Employment scheme and Khadi and Village Industries and open income generating units to become financially independent and sustainable”.
The Minister was accompanied by Executive Councilor for Agriculture Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor for Health Dr Sonam Wangchuk, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Tsering Angchuk, Addl DC Tsering Morup and others.