Legislators, former Minister, Air Commodore call on Governor

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, July 22: Two Legislators, former Minister, Air Commodore and deputation of Al-Habib Foundation today called on Governor N N Vohra at Raj Bhawan.
MLA Nizam-ud-Din Bhat apprised Governor of various problems and developmental needs of his area.
The issues raised by Mr. Bhat included Bandipora district being brought under the Border Area Development Programme, provision of more funds for the district under Tribal Sub-Plan, widening and upgradation of Srinagar-Bandipora-Gurez road, expeditious upgradation of Bandipore-Sopore road, construction of hospital building at Bandipora and other infrastructure development projects in the district and the speedy implementation of social security schemes and programmes in the area.
The Governor and Mr. Bhat also discussed issues relating to the importance of ensuring the integrity and functional efficiency of public institutions.
Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, Member of the State Legislative Council, presented to Mr Vohra a memorandum of development-related demands of Poonch and Rajouri districts.
Dr. Ganai urged for launching special drives for the recruitment of youth from Rajouri and Poonch districts in the Central Para-Military Forces, creation of facilities for the pilgrims visiting Shri Buddha Amarnathji Shrine and speedy implementation of socio-economic development schemes and programmes in the area.
Bashir Ahmad Nengroo, former Minister discussed with the Governor various issues relating to the rapid economic advancement of his area and the implementation of major welfare and development schemes and programmes.
Air Commodore B. Balachandran, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Srinagar briefed the Governor about IAF’s initiatives in further securing the frontiers and issues relating to the Leh and Srinagar Air bases.
The Governor lauded the crucial air defence role which the Indian Air Force is discharging in the Western Sector besides providing valuable support in carrying out rescue, relief and evacuation operations and enabling the civil authorities to deal with emergencies and natural calamities.
A deputation of the Al-Habib Foundation, Shalimar, informed Governor about their difficulties and demands.
The demands presented by the 5-member delegation led by Tasleema Kounsar, Chairperson of the Foundation, include, interalia, need for financial support, accommodation and transport facilities for the school run by the Foundation for educating special children.
The delegation briefed the Governor about the aims and objects of the Foundation, which was set up in 2010.
The Governor heard the deputationists with keen interest and informed the delegation about rupees one lakh being sanctioned to support the Foundation for promoting the welfare of physically and mentally challenged children.

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