Mehbooba reviews developmental scenario in Kulgam

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti chairing a meeting at Kulgam on Sunday.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti chairing a meeting at Kulgam on Sunday.

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Excelsior Correspondent
KULGAM, Dec 4: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed the district administration Kulgam that the delays caused in the completion of the developmental works should be minimized and in this regard sought submission of  fortnightly report on the status of various developmental projects taken in hand in the district.
The Chief Minister gave these directions during a meeting of officers convened to review the developmental scenario in the district.
Mehbooba Mufti said since much of the working season is already gone, further delays in the completion of projects should be minimized by working round the clock without any complacency. She assured that sufficient funds would be made available for completion of the works.
Mehbooba Mufti also asked the district administration to prepare a list of people and properties which were affected during the turmoil of past five months so that possibilities of their rehabilitation could be explored. She added that all Standard Operating Procedures be followed while dealing with situations so that the loss to civilian life or property is avoided.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister sought details of availability of ration in view of coming winter, drinking water and health facilities. She specifically directed the PDD to ensure that the unscheduled cuts in power supply are minimized to a great extent. She also sought details of winter action plan prepared by the district administration.
Mehbooba Mufti was informed that two villages in the district have been identified as Kangri villages to give boost to this village craft. Also, she was informed that Mushkbudji and Kamad varieties of rice have been successfully introduced in the district. She was also informed that one village in the district would be adopted by J&K Bank for micro financing of rural activities.
The Chief Minister directed creating vegetable clusters in identified villages, developing some nurseries of hybrid walnuts and other high density plants in the district.
Mehbooba Mufti also asked the district administration to take up embankment and flood protection of Veshow nallah, fencing and landscaping of playfields and other such activities under convergence through Rural Development Department.
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat; Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar; MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway; MLA, Abdul Majeed Paddar; Chairman, J&K Bank, Parvez Ahmad; Commissioner-Secretary, Higher Education, Dr. Asghar Samoon; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Inspector Generalof Police , Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani; DIG, SKR, Nitish Kumar; Deputy Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz; Superintendent of Police,  Shridhar Patel and other officers of divisional and district administration were present in the meeting.
Earlier, Chief Minister inaugurated a Degree College at Kilam. She went round various blocks of the college and sought details of the course curriculum and intake capacity.
On the occasion, Mehbooba Mufti announced that both medical and non-medical streams besides Functional English would be taught at the college.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated a branch of the J&K Bank and ATM facility at Kilam which was a long-pending demand of the people of the area.
Later, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Maternal & Children block of the District Hospital, Kulgam. Comprising 50 beds, the block would be completed within two years. The addition of this block would give a big relief to the children of the area who have to be shifted to Srinagar or Anantnag in the event of any ailment.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated General Nursing & Mid-Wifery School at Kandipora. Built over a cost of Rs 5 crore, the school would have facilities of lecture halls, labs and other facilities. She also laid foundation stone of a nearby residential complex for officers which would be built over a cost of Rs 68 lakhs and would have 40 apartments.
En-route the Chief Minister interacted with several deputations, many of them comprising women, who sought redressal of their day to day grievances. Mehbooba Mufti listened to their demands patiently and assured them of appropriate and time-bound action.