Notwithstanding its tall claims over taking the "development drive" ahead in Jammu Kashmir, the people living in Azamabad village have demanded a probe into the slow-pace of work on many government-run projects in their area.
Betraying the poor pace of work on many government projects and buildings, the construction work of an Amganwari centre building in Azamabad village has been going on for the last eighteen years. However, even after the lapse of around two decades, the department has failed to complete the work.
"This is a mockery of the slogan of development," the locals alleged. "We demand that LG should personally intervene and order the completion of these projects in these hilly terrain areas," they demanded.
Locals including Shahzad Ahmed, Toufeeq Umar, Safeer Khan and others said that the Anganwadi Centre started functioning in 2002 in ward-3 of Azamabad village panchayat located at a distance of five kilometres from Mandi tehsil headquarter.
They said that construction work for the centre started in 2003. However the centre still awaits its completion.
"For the construction of the centre, the locals also made available a portion of private land for Anganwadi Centre. Following it, the construction work was started. However it could not be completed till date," the locals added.
They said the incomplete building of the centre was standing in the area for the last eighteen years. Presently construction work is not being carried out.
They further said that presently the Anganwadi centre was being run from a house in the area. They appealed to the District Development Commissioner Poonch and other government officers to intervene in the matter and to get the construction work completed. The concerned ICDS officers were not available for their comments into the matter.