MTMP very unique initiative, reflects policy of Govt for participative development: Advisor

Advisor Bhatnagar participating in MTMP programme at Hiranagar in Kathua on Tuesday.
Advisor Bhatnagar participating in MTMP programme at Hiranagar in Kathua on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Dec 6: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar today remarked that the Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing tremendous development and the Administration is developing the Union Territory in a transparent manner with active participation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Advisor made these comments while addressing a large gathering at Hiranagar in the ongoing festival of development ‘My Town My Pride’ programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the MTMP programme is a very unique initiative and reflects the policy of government for participative development. He highlighted that the benefits of MTMP programme needs to be percolated down to the intended persons besides the programme will also pave way for faster development of urban areas.
The Advisor also said that this initiative will be a continuous affair and the visiting officers will continue to be the mentors (Prabharis) of their assigned wards from now on .He added that the locals need to participate in this developmental festival and interact with their Prabhari officer as and when they have any kind of grievance.
Reflecting on various objectives of the MTMP programme, Advisor Bhatnagar said that the programme aims to deliver public services at doorsteps, build developmental initiatives on the feedback, cooperation and participation of people and strengthen strong and vibrant local self-governance. He added that people should be made aware about the services available for their socio-economic development.
The Advisor also maintained that the MTMP is focused to provide self- employment avenues to the unemployed youth and several departments are providing handholding to such persons who are interested to start their own employment ventures. He urged upon the youth to come forward and avail the benefits of such self employment schemes.
During the visit, Advisor Bhatnagar also took round of stalls established by various departments in the premises of MC Hiranagar. He interacted with the officials of these stalls and ask them to generate maximum awareness among the public about different government beneficiary schemes.
At the event, MC Hiranagar presented developmental profile of Hiranagar Town and also highlighted issues concerning the development of Hiranagar before the Advisor.
Prabhari officer MC, Hiranagar, Indu Kanwal Chib also spoke on the occasion and briefed the gathering about the town plan and other broad contours of MTMP.
During the visit, the Advisor also took round of CHC Hiranagar and enquired about the facilities given to the people and also inspected infrastructure of the facility. He also participated in Greh Parvesh ceremony of PMAY-U beneficiary.
Later the Advisor also held a detailed interaction with Chairman MC Hiranagar, Advocate Vijay Sharma, other ULB members and ascertained from them about the plans for the holistic development of Hiranagar town.
During the interaction, the Advisor said that the problems faced by people in urban areas are being addressed by this unique MTMP programme and the programme will help us to come out with solutions for upgradation of urban infrastructure and other amenities of public importance.
Deputy Commissioner Kathua, Rahul Pandey; Director Urban Local Bodies, Jammu, Puneet Sharma; SSP Kathua, R C Kotwal councillors of different wards and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile, Government public interface programme ‘My Town My Pride’ concluded in Udhampur district with visiting officers reaching the people at their doorsteps amid massive response from ULB members and local people.
On second day of the programme, Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Alok Kumar, visited Government Girls High School, Udhampur, where he inaugurated District Level 30th children Science Congress exhibition and Youth awareness campaign on Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan.
During the exhibition, students participated and showcased their science models.
Principal Secretary along with Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur had round of the exhibition to inspect the models exhibited by the students.
A mega Cultural Programme was organized by Education Department in which students of different schools presented scintillating performances on the second day of My Town My Pride 2.0 programme.
Later, Principal Secretary convened a meeting of officers of line departments to review the sector wise progress on Capex Budget, CSS and other flagship schemes.
District Development Commissioner, Krittika Jyotsna, SSP, Dr Vinod Kumar, ADDC, Ghan Shyam Singh, ADC, Mohammad Syed Khan, ACR, Rafiq Ahmed Jaral, CPO, Mudassir Yaqoob Zargar and other district heads of various departments attended the meeting.
At Doda Principal Secretary PDD, H. Rajesh Prasad, along with Deputy Commissioner, Vishesh Paul Mahajan and President MC Doda, Ved Prakash Gupta took stock of various activities, inspected stalls of all the service delivery departments where the public got their issues settled on the spot.
The Principal Secy also chaired a meeting on proposed Capex Budget 2023-24 and inaugurated and dedicated to the public, a Truck Terminal at Akram Abad Doda. He also laid the foundation stone of MRF at Akram Abad during his visit.
He distributed certificates and sanction letters of financial assistance among aspiring entrepreneurs, small vendors and street hawkers of MC Doda.
The Principal Secretary also attended ‘Greh Parvesh’ ceremonies of newly constructed houses under PMAY Urban scheme as well as participated in a plantation drive held near Ganpat Bridge and released a book written by local writer Sana Khan.
The Principal Secretary also interacted with students and staff at Government HSS Boys and inaugurated a volleyball match there. He stressed on the students to bring in conceptual clarity in all subjects to achieve the desired success. “Public’s eye, consciousness & participation are prerequisites for model towns,” said Prasad.