Public participation imperative for development: LG Murmu

Lieutenant Governor (LG), GC Murmu on Tuesday said active public participation was imperative for developmental process and J&K government was laying special focus on it.

He made the remarks during his visit to Bandipora district where he interacted with various delegations to take stock of the developmental needs of the people.

He was accompanied by Advisor, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole; IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar; Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Owais Ahmad and heads of various departments.

The LG also e-inaugurated six developmental projects worth Rs 8.52 crore and laid foundation stones of five projects worth Rs 21.52 crore, besides reviewing progress on various developmental projects and works under execution.

Earlier, the LG conducted an aerial survey of Wular Lake to inspect the dredging, restoration work and the overall condition of the water body.

He was accompanied by Chief Executive Director, Wular Conservation & Management Authority (WUCMA), Syed Farooq Ahmad Gillani.

In continuation to his public outreach programme, the LG met 16 delegations including deputation of BDC Chairpersons, representatives of PRIs, Urban Local Bodies, Bandipora Civil Society and other delegations. He took stock of their grievances and other developmental issues of the district.

The LG observed that the government was taking various initiatives to cater to the developmental needs of people of J&K, with special focus on strengthening the grassroots level of democracy through public participation.

Stressing on effective implementation of public welfare schemes, he asked the locals to avail maximum benefits of various welfare schemes and sought their active participation in developmental programmes.

The LG assured the delegations to review all their genuine issues and demands and issued on-the-spot directions to the officers for early redressal of some issues projected by the public pertaining to their respective departments.

He also advised people to take all necessary precautions with regard to the containing of COVID19 by following all SOPs issued by the government from time to time, besides wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.