Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said that the government aims to restore the pristine glory of the Srinagar city and that many developmental projects are in pipeline to achieve this goal.
Terming Srinagar as the pride of Kashmir, the minister said government is committed to provide better living facilities and living environment to the people of the city to upgrade the standard of living in Srinagar.
The minister said this while interacting with the people of Srinagar city, who called on the minister during a public interaction program to apprise him about various public grievances. People from various areas of the city and adjoining areas including Amira Kadal, Khanyar, Dargah, Bemina, Dalgate, Sonwar, Chadoora, Hyderpora, Nowgam, Parimpora and other areas called on the minister to apprise him about various issues.
Bukhari said government is akin to people's issues and that government will take every possible step to redress their grievances. "Transparency and accountability are the benchmarks of the present coalition government and there is no space for corrupt practices and persons in the present government," he said.
He said various innovative measures taken under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti have brought a visible change in governance in the state and everyone has been made accountable in the system.
Appealing people to become active stakeholders in effective implementation of developmental programmes at the grassroots level, the minister appealed the people to become eyes and ears of the government by keeping track of the developmental activities taking place in their respective areas to ensure that quality is maintained in these works besides ensuring transparency.
During the interaction, various delegations apprised minister about issues confronting them in different sectors including PHE, electricity, Health, and renovation of roads, up-gradation of lanes and drains. . The minister gave patient hearing to them and assured that steps will be taken to mitigate their problems.
The minister directed the officials of Power Development Department to ensure regular power supply in Srinagar city and adjoining areas and also directed to ensure uninterrupted power supply for street lighting in the city. Minister also passed on-spot directions to ensure regular water supply and construction of various drains in various parts of the city.