CS reviews progress of development projects in Kargil

Chief Secretary, B VR Subrahmanyam, Sunday visited Kargil and reviewed the progress of various developmental projects and flagships schemes with the district officers in a meeting, here.

The meeting, which was held at Conference Hall Baroo, was attended by Principal Secretary, Planning Development and Monitoring Department, Rohit Kansal, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh, Saugat Biswas, DIG Central Kashmir Range A K Birdi, Deputy Commissioner and CEO, LAHDC, Kargil Baseer ul Haq Choudhary, Superintendent of Police, Kargil, Dr Vinod Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Sonam Chosjor, and Superintending Engineer PWD, Haji Fida Hussain, among other district officers.

The Chief Secretary reviewed the status of 200-bedded hospital being constructed at Kurbathang. He also received brief on the functioning of District Hospital, CHCs, PHCs and NTPHCs.

The Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal and Sheep sectors in the district, besides the status of Pashmina production and steps being taken to improve it further. He urged concerned officers to work towards boosting the production of livestock, poultry, dairy, apricot, vegetables and fodder in the district.

With regard to tourism sector, it was informed that over 1 lakh tourists visited the district in 2018 and this year too expectations of tourist arrivals are encouraging.

Subrahmanyam directed the Tourism department to launch a sustained publicity campaign about the varied tourism attractions of the district, including trekking routes now available for adventure seekers, so that tourist arrivals to the district are increased.

The status of implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes, including PM KISAN, Ayushman Bharat and social security schemes, was also reviewed.

The Chief Secretary urged the officers to make concerted efforts to ensure that benefits envisaged under these programmes/schemes reach the targeted population.

He asked the Agricultural Production department to complete the process of enrolment of all eligible beneficiaries under PM KISAN by 25 July.

Later, the Chief Secretary also visited Drass War Memorial and took stock of the arrangements being put in place for the Kargil Vijay Diwas being observed on 26 July.