PHE Minister visits border areas, assesses damages

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 27:  Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary today visited Katyal  Gujjar Basti, R.S.Pura to take stock of damages caused to property and livestock by fire incident.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the concerned departments have been directed to assess the losses and submit detailed report at the earliest for processing of compensation cases.
The Minister was accompanied by Director Animal Husbandry, Victor Koul, SDM Naresh Kumar and other senior officers of the concerned department.
It was also given out that administration has made adequate arrangements to provide ration and tents to the suffering families.
Later, the Minister held a public grievances redressal camp at R.S Pura.
Deputations from Karotana Basti, Suchtegarh, Gharani, Rangpur, Sai, Badila, Badyal Brahmana, Sher-e-chak, Mula Chak Panjgari, Bala Chak, Bidhipur and adjoining areas participated in the camp.
Deputations apprised the Minister of various issues of their respective areas relating to power, provision of electric poles, maintenance of transformers, construction of lanes and drains.
Responding to the demands, the Minister said that the Government has taken several initiatives to improve the socio-economic conditions of the people of the State and appealed the people to come forward and avail benefits of welfare schemes launched by the Government.
He also directed the concerned to resolve the issues raised during the camp within stipulated time frame. He further added the concerned departments have directions to utilize the available funds in full and judiciously so that maximum benefits of development works are percolated at grass-root level.
Later in the day, he conducted an extensive tour of border areas   to take stock of damages caused to life, property and livestock due to cross border firing by Pakistan.
Interacting with people, the Minister took stock of losses in the affected villages. He said that the concerned departments have been directed to assess the damages and submit detailed report within shortest possible time.