Measures underway to provide housing facility to Govt employees: Kansal

Principal Secretary Estates Rohit Kansal chairing a meeting on Thursday.
Principal Secretary Estates Rohit Kansal chairing a meeting on Thursday.

* Reviews functioning of DIPR

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 6: Principal Secretary, Planning & Development, Monitoring, Estates and Information, Rohit Kansal today said that several measures are underway to provide housing facilities to Government employees.
Chairing a review meeting of the Department of Estates, Kansal directed the officials to ensure timely completion of residential projects in a stipulated time frame. He reviewed the status of residential flats being constructed at Pampore for employees of Jammu and Kashmir.
In order to accommodate and to meet residential requirements of employees, the officers were asked to redesign the construction of flats viz constructing maximum number of 1BHK flats.
Kansal exhorted upon the officers to speed up the tendering process of the pending residential blocks while taking care of the landscape by adopting proper construction techniques.
The meeting was informed that 32 flats would be handed over to the Department of Estates by March 2020. Officers of the estates were directed to go to the site and take over the completed flats.
Kansal directed the officers to resolve issues related to shifting of HT power line at Pampore site and the same shall be done at an earliest and to ensure completion of project by December 2020.
During the meeting, several issues pertaining to the construction of additional accommodation of Circuit House, Srinagar was also discussed threadbare.
Kansal asked the officers of various departments to work in close coordination for timely completion of the development projects, so that cost escalation is minimized.
The meeting was attended by senior officers of Department of Estates, R&B, Department of Housing and Protocol among others.
Meanwhile, Rohit Kansal stressed on widening the ambit of activities of the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) and called for reviving the glory and traditions for which the Department held a unique position.
The Principal Secretary was speaking at a meeting convened at Media Complex here to review the functioning of the Department.
Addressing the meeting, the Principal Secretary stressed on further professionalizing the activities of the Department to serve as a bridge between the Government and the media.
Kansal said that effective feedback about various programmes, developmental activities and other issues would bring overall efficiency in the administration as well as in public journalism. He also said that the department should carry success stories and features about what various departments have done from peoples’ perspective besides do public interest stories and packages.
The Principal Secretary said the Department has a rich collection of rare photographs and advised organizing exhibitions to showcase them to art lovers and general people.
Earlier, a detailed presentation about the overall functioning of the Department and the initiatives taken to further improvise the overall productivity at various levels was given to the Principal Secretary.
Later, the Principal Secretary inspected Media Facilitation Centre set up by Directorate of Information and Public Relations at Media Complex here and interacted with media persons to enquire about the facilities being provided to them at the Centre.


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