Srinagar's performance in socio-economic sector to be fast tracked

Principal Secretary to the Government, Housing & Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta, Saturday reviewed the performance of concerned departments in the socio-economic sector of Srinagar district.

This was Gupta’s maiden meeting since his appointment as the Incharge Secretary for Srinagar for monitoring developmental works and other related matters.

The meeting reviewed the performance of various departments in the sector including Education, Health, Social Welfare, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Agriculture and Horticulture, Sheep and Animal Husbandries, Labour and Sports.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary briefed the Principal Secretary about the status of projects and schemes in progress in the district under these sectors. Concerned heads of departments and sectoral officers while giving details about them raised concerns hampering their progress.

Issues faced with regard to service deliveries and in the implementation of projects and schemes in these sectors and interventions required from the State government for their resolution and fast-tracking were also discussed and noted in the meeting.

Extensive discussions were held on shortfalls in the education and health sectors as well as skill development and agriculture and allied sectors in the district. Infrastructural deficits and procedural among other hindrances hampering desired progress in these sectors were discussed in detail. The meeting also held detailed discussions on developments in the animal and sheep husbandries and sports sectors in the district and the need to address them given the potential involved.

The Principal Secretary while speaking on the occasion stressed the huge potential for development across most of these sectors and the need to support them as much as required.

He sought proposals for upgrading and setting up facilities and infrastructure which will help fill gaps in service deliveries in these sectors in the district. He said a lot can be done in several of these sectors like floriculture, animal husbandry, social welfare, skill development, sports to promote them and help them grow and assured of required interventions in this regard.

Gupta said the idea of appointing incharge secretaries for districts is to take issues hampering developmental projects to the government for their resolution that couldn’t be done at the district level and that is just what he intends to do — resolution of all issues hampering progress of developmental projects in the capital district.

Gupta urged the concerned officers to come forward and make most of these meetings assuring that all issues and concerns raised during these meetings will be resolved at the earliest aimed at time-bound development of Srinagar as it deserves.

HODs and sectoral officers of concerned departments all attended the meeting. Director SKIMS and Mission Director NHM and Joint Director Planning Srinagar were also present in the meeting.