Kupwara: Secretary Tourism and Culture, Sarmad Hafeez, who is also in charge Secretary for monitoring development work and other related matters of District Kupwara today visited here to review the developmental scenario of the district. He held separate meetings with DDC members, BDC Chairpersons and district officers.
Vice Chairman, District Development Council Kupwara, Haji Farooq Ahmad Mir and Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Imam Din were present in the meetings.
Addressing the meetings, Sarmad Hafeez said that the objective of his visit to Kupwara district is to ascertain feedback from the PRIs regarding implementation of developmental schemes launched by the Government and to review the pace of their progress with the officers.
The Tourism Secretary said after the establishment of three tier Panchayati Raj System it is imperative for every officer to strengthen the Panchayat Raj Institutions and any kind of complaint or dereliction in this regard would be viewed seriously by the Government. He said once the system is regulated properly, the benefits would percolate down to the public smoothly.
Sarmad Hafeez stressed upon the officers to remain proactive in the public service delivery system, adding that Lieutenant Governor and Chief Secretary have issued clear cut directions for bringing efficiency and transparency in the system. "We are here for people and every officer and official is bound to serve the people to the best of his/her capabilities", he said.
Responding to the issues raised by the PRIs regarding shortage of staff in various Government offices, the Secretary asked the Deputy Commissioner to issue roster for BDOs and other staff wherever necessary to ensure punctuality in offices and service to people. He also directed proper implementation of attendance in Government offices especially in border areas like Karnah, Keran and Machill so that the people do not face any inconvenience during the winter months.
Regarding the availability of Helicopter service during winter months in the district, the Tourism Secretary said that the Government has approved chopper service on subsidized rates for emergency services for various border routes which include Karnah, Keran and Machill also.