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Advisor Kumar, CS conduct public hearings at Sumbal, Bomai

SUMBAL/SOPORE, OCTOBER 21: As part of the public outreach programme initiated by the Governor’s administration, Advisor K Vijay Kumar accompanied by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today conducted public grievance camps at Bomai in Sopore and Sumbal in district Bandipora. Several delegations, deputations and civil society representatives from the areas called on them and apprised of the local issues.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and IGP Kashmir S P Pani accompanied them during the visit.
At Sumbal, several public deputations from fromNesbal, Sumbal, Inderkote, Asham, Wahidpora, Hajin, Trigam, Shadipora, GundKhalil, Shilvath, Ganasathan, Odina, Gadakhud, Zalpora, RakhSultanpora, Nowgam, Dangerpora, Vijpara, Shahgund and Baharabadcalled on the Advisor and the Chief Secretary and apprised them of their grievances and put forth demands pertaining to the development of their respective areas. The public deputations raised issues related to education, medicare, potable water facility, irrigation, flood control, electricity, road connectivity, drainage and other basic facilities.
The Advisor and the Chief Secretary assured people that their genuine demands would be resolved on priority basis.
Advisor Kumar emphasised on public participation in effective development on ground. He highlighted that huge amount is being placed at the disposal of Municipal Committees and Gram Panchayats for participatory development and strengthening of grassroots level institutions.
Chief Secretary underlined the seriousness of Government in completion of languishing projects and initiating public infrastructure projects aimed at providing better connectivity, power supply and potable drinking water among other sectors. He added that in PWD, PHE and Health sectors more than Rs 30 crore stand sanctioned for various languishing projects of Hajin and Sumbal and more projects are in offing. He said funds have already been provided for several bridges, roads, flood protection works, power supply and upgradation of education infrastructure in the area.
Responding to public demands he informed that Government Degree Colleges have been finalised for Hajin and Sumbal for which formal orders will be issued soon.
He said Rs 33 crore have been earmarked for Panchayats of Hajin and Sumbal for development of rural infrastructure.
CS said that 100% funding is being provided by the Government for providing potable drinking water to every household. He appreciated the district administration and the line departments for proactive developmental measures in the area and responding effectively to public grievances.
He called for greater public participation in development administration and to avail the funds being provided to Gram Panchayats for local area development.
Earlier, District Development Commissioner made a brief presentation about developmental scenario and proactive measures for timely completion of public infrastructure and improving public service delivery. He informed that projects worth Rs 57.98 Cr have been tendered and work is under progress for improvement in power supply and coverage of all households in Hajin and Sumbal. Further, CHC Hajin, PHC Gund Jahangir, PHC Madwan, ITI Hajin, Paribal bridge and Bonyari bridge projected under languishing projects are targeted for completion during current year
DDC Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, SSP Sheikh Zulfkar, district and sectoral officers were present in the meeting
At Bomai village, deputation of Bomai village represented by Chairman of Bomai Citizens Council Shafqat Nazir apprised the Advisor about the demands for the overall welfare of the village. He demanded up-gradation of PHC Bomai to the level of Sub district Hospital besides the creation of Medical Block and educational Zone in the village. Other vital demands of public importance pertaining to electricity, water supply, education, rural development, health and other infrastructure development were also presented for resolution.
Another delegation from Tujjar Sharief demanded the renovation of historical shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom located in Tujar Sharief, completion of works at receiving station and Water Supply Scheme, rectification of land revenue record, up-gradation and macadamization of link roads etc.
Meanwhile, Advisor gave patient hearing to the deputations and assured them that their genuine demands will be looked into. He also passed on spot directions for redressal of various grievances and directed the officers to maintain close liaison with the local population so that their grievances are redressed at the earliest.
He also directed the officers to conduct field visits regularly so as to remain apprised about the problems faced by the people so that same can be projected before the government for quick redressal.
DDC Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, various district and sectoral officers were present on the occasion.