JAMMU, Jan 22: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister for Jal Shakti met Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan here today.
Shekhawat and the Lt Governor discussed wide ranging issues pertaining to the management of water resources, National Water Policy, ground water development, and implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
They also discussed about Integrated Water Management which is vital for environmental sustenance and sustainable economic development.
The Lt Governor observed that the conservation of water bodies and the sustainability of natural resources are of great importance and the present Government is taking effective measures to ensure judicious, equitable and sustainable management, allocation and utilization of water resources and generating public awareness in this regard, besides having the target of providing tap water to every household by ending 2021.
Renuka Singh Saruta, Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs also met Lieutenant Governor. They discussed about various issues related to the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes Community and the activities undertaken by the Tribal Affairs Ministry for the welfare of the tribal population.
They also had a discussion on several developmental interventions made by the Government in critical sectors through specially tailored schemes comprising of economic, educational and social development for promoting the interests of Scheduled Tribes Community in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, several delegations including Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Jammu, J&K Cultural Foundation, Kashmiri Samiti Delhi and a public delegation from Inderwal area called on Lieutenant Governor and highlighted their concerning issues and demands.
The delegation of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Jammu led by Gohar Hafeez Fani apprised the Lt Governor about various activities undertaken by them to promote peace and inter-religious harmony. The members of the delegation also presented a book titled “World Crisis and the Pathway to Peace” by Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to the Lt Governor.
The delegation of J&K Cultural Foundation headed by Ayash Arif apprised the Lt Governor about the issue related to the conversion of Tagore Hall into a Cinema House.
The delegation of Kashmiri Samiti Delhi led by its President Sumeer Chrungoo raised several issues and demands pertaining to the welfare of the migrant Kashmiri Pandits including their rehabilitation, creation of employment for the youth, relief and rehabilitation of the affected traders, enhancement of monthly cash assistance etc.
Meanwhile, a public delegation led by Tariq Hussain Keen comprising of Sarpanches and residents of Inderwal area projected various developmental issues and demands of the area including early completion of PMGSY roads, development of education sector, implementation of PMAY, distribution of Golden Cards to the beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat etc.
The Lt Governor while interacting with the members of the delegations observed that the present Government is putting special emphasis for the redressal of the public issues to ensure good governance and accountability.
He assured the delegations to review all the genuine issues and demands put forth by them for their early redresssal and urged them to continue working towards promoting the public welfare.