Advisor Vyas meets public deputations in Rajouri

Takes stock of developmental scenario, distributes motorized tricycles among beneficiaries

During his daylong visit to Rajouri, Advisor B B Vyas met several public deputations to get a firsthand appraisal of public grievances and reviewed the development scenario in the district.

Numerous deputations of senior citizens and civil society members, drawn from across the district, called on the Advisor and put forth their demands for hassle free execution of the development projects. They also sought the government’s intervention in timely completion of the projects, in the better interest of the public.

Better road connectivity, uninterrupted power and drinking water supply, adequate healthcare and sanitation facilities, clearance of liabilities under MGNREGA and SBM were among the plethora of other issues raised by the delegations.

Among others, the delegation led by MLA Rajouri Chowdhary Qammar Hussain expressed urgency in release of funds for the completion of projects taken up under NABARD, state sector and district plan in the district, up-gradation of various schools in far-flung areas, opening of women degree in the district and creation of ADC post for both Manjakote and Thannamandi. The Advisor assured the members of the delegation that the demands put forth shall be examined on priority and necessary action as per merit shall be ensured.

A public deputation from Khawas highlighted issues like pendency in sanction of pension cases, installation of hand pumps, opening of an allopathic dispensary at village Gunda and non-payment of wages under MGNREGA.

Similarly, a delegation of Rajouri town discussed various issues pertaining to implementation of 3 tier system and 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments in Jammu and Kashmir panchayats, additional funding for municipal committee, completion of three bridges started under CRF, identification of land for the parking and replacement of worn out pipes in the town, besides funds for the construction of park, community hall at Jawahar Nagar and installation of street lights. 

The members also raised serious concern over the delay in completion of vital projects started under ‘City Redevelopment Plan’, including widening of Gujjar Mandi road and park at Bela colony. 

Another delegation from Budhal demanded start of work on Budhal-Shopian road, completion of Rajouri-Budhal and Kotranka-Khawas road, apart from development of tourism infrastructure for taping the tourism potential of the area for economic welfare of the local populace. 

Meanwhile another delegation from Rajouri discussed various issues of the town, like scarcity of water in Rajouri, completion of sports stadium and construction of the warehouse for which funds to the tune of Rs 50 Lakh stands released by the government.

Demands for the completion of mini-secretariat building, opening of the polytechnic college, setting up of an industrial estate at and release of SDRF funds for victims of flash floods 2014 were raised by a deputation from Thannamandi, whereas a deputation from Nowshera discussed issues related to lift irrigation scheme Beripattan, macadamization of roads in the town, CJM court, construction of circular road and community hall.

A delegation of Pahari speaking community raised the issue of grant of 3 percent reservation to Pahari speaking community with the Advisor, whereas another delegation raised some issues from Kotranka area, including opening of J&K Bank branch at Kotdhadara, need of up-gradation of existing roads in Kotranaka, starting of classes at Government Degree College Kotranka and need for the development of infrastructure and start off classes at ITI Kotranka, which was sanctioned two years ago. 

Similarly, delegations from Sunderbani and Kalakote also met the Advisor and put forth their demands.

Responding to the issues raised the deputations, Advisor Vyas reiterated that the Governor’s administration is for result oriented disposal of the demands projected by the public. He assured that the issues projected by the public delegations will be examined and redressed in a systematic manner. 

Meanwhile, on the spot directions were passed for redressal of some of the grievances put forth by the public deputations. He directed the officers to maintain close liaison with the local population for prompt redressal of grievances and public service delivery.

Meanwhile, in a function organized by the District Social Welfare Office, the Advisor also handed over the keys of as many as 14 motorized tricycles to identified beneficiaries, who have a disability of 40% and above in their lower limbs.

Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor said, “The government has undertaken initiatives such as monthly pension of Rs 1000 to specially-abled persons under Integrated Social Security Scheme and National Social Assistance Programme, besides provision of prosthetic aids and motorized tricycles so as to ensure a sustainable life to them.”

Deputy commissioner Rajouri Mohammad Aijaz Asad, DIG DK Slathia, SSP Rajouri Yougal Manhas, ADC Rajouri Sher Singh, CPO Rajouri Yoginder Katoch were among the other district and sectoral officers who were present on the occasion.