UDHAMPUR May 14, 2016: Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment Ch. Lal Singh chaired meeting with District Development Board Udhampur and approved Rs 180.74 crore Annual Plan for the district.
Speaking at the meeting, Ch. Lal Singh stressed on envisaging effective short term plans catering to the area specific developmental needs. He called for creation of tangible assets with optimal use of available resources.
The Minister informed that a mega project for beautification of National highway in Udhampur district is on anvil. “Under the project Plantation and landscaping will be taken up to beautify the National highway” he added.
The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Finance, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, CA&PD, Tribal Affairs, Ajay Nanda, Vice Chairman, J&K State Kissan Welfare Advisory Board, Daljeet Singh Chib, Vice Chairman, J&K State Board for Welfare of Gujjar & Bakerwal Ch. Zaffar Ali , Vice Chairman, Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People, Kuldeep Raj Gupta , Vice Chairperson, J&K State Advisory Board for Welfare and Development of Schedule Castes, Bushan Lal Dogra, Member Parliament, Shamsher Singh, Legislators, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Dina Nath Bhagat, R. S. Pathania, Sham Lal , besides Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Inspector General of Police(DIG) Udhampur – Reasi range, Surinder Gupta, heads of various departments and district officers.
Taking review of the implementation of last year district plan, Ch Lal Singh appreciated the district administration and DC for full utilization of funds.
The Chairman also approved Rs 34.66 Lakh for providing compensation to the families affected by recent flashfloods in Chenani area. The District Board also approved Rs 10 Lakh each for SC and Gujjar–Bakerwal Hostels besides Public library for Tehsil Majalta.
The Minister also proposed opening of Degree College in tehsil Moungri and construction of examination hall at local Government Girls Higher Secondary School.
Member Parliament, Shamsher Singh asked the district administration to work in coordination to ensure effective implementation of various state and centrally sponsored schemes. He stressed in close liaison among different executing agencies for better results and benefits to maximum number of people.
Stressing on sustainable use of natural resources, the MP said that maximum benefit of these should go to local population.
He said the centre is providing liberal funding to the state and it is for the executing departments to utilize these judiciously so as to make them visible on ground.
2015 Kashmir Despatch