NEW DELHI, FEB 28: Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar and Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq Khan attended a meeting convened here Wednesday by the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Narendra Singh Tomar to discuss implementation of Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
The meeting was attended by various state Rural Development Ministers and officers.
The Union Minister said under the guidance of Prime Minister, Ministry of Rural Development is determined to improve standards of living of the people in rural areas through various schemes.
He said the Ministry has brought important changes in implementation of its programmes and has also ensured that the states are provided adequate resources to augment infrastructure.
Union Minister said the Budget of Rural Development Department which was Rs 58,630 Crore in 2013-14 has been increased to Rs 1,09,042 Crore in 2017-18 which depicts government’s commitment to uplift the rural areas at par with the urban areas.
The Minister said under PMGSY the government is providing rural connectivity connecting habitations besides Mandis, Towns, Hospitals and other amenities.
He said the Government has advanced target of connecting all eligible habitations with pucca road from March, 2022 to March, 2019 under PMGSY. He urged the States to complete the road projects in time to avail the Central funds and incentives as budget is no constraint for PMGSY.
Minister for Public Works Naeem Akhtar informed the meeting that a network of roads is being laid in rural areas to increase the connectivity and assured that the centrally sponsored schemes will be implemented in letter and spirit.
He said the roads in villages will set the villages on the track of development as more jobs will be created and business will flourish after the connectivity is increased.
The minister informed that upto Phase X of PMGSY, 2410 roads and 108 bridges have been constructed at the sanctioned cost of Rs 8132.38 crore out of which Rs 4085.92 crore have been spent up to January this year and has connected as many as 2035 habitations.
Union Minister was informed that before the inception of PMGSY in J&K the rural connectivity in the state was 58 percent which has been now increased to 86.13 percent.
Under PMAY, Tomar said the government intends to provide Housing for All by 2022 and said the government is determined to achieve the target within stipulated time by providing housing facilities to 1 core beneficiaries in rural areas by March, 2019.
The union Minister reviewed the functioning of these schemes including PMGSY and PMAY in the states and urged the respective ministers to expedite work on these projects so that not only the target can be achieved well in time but the common masses are benefitted at earliest.
Abdul Haq briefed the meeting about the achievement in the implementation of PMAY and assured full support from the state government with regard to the implementation of these schemes.
Minister said the state government is in process of holding Gram Sabha to prepare a fresh list of the house-less and economically backward population who were left out in the earlier surveys.
He said the department has already been instructed to hold fresh Gram Sabhas so that the left out deserving people can benefit identified and included in the list that will be sent to the union government for approval.
He said the JK Government has also directed the officials of Rural Development Department to finalize the list within 15 days after holding Gram Sabha and make the list public in the respective Panchayats by pasting the same list at Public places including outside the Offices of BDOs and Panchayat houses so that everybody is aware about the list and discrepancy or complaint, if any, can be communicated to the people thereby by ensuring transparency.
He said under the guidance of Prime Minister and Chief Minister at the centre the government is determined to improve standard of living of the people in rural areas through its various schemes
Inclement weather forecast: DC Srinagar reviews preparedness
SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 12: In view of the inclement weather forecast predicting snowfall between November 14 and 16 in the district as elsewhere in Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Tuesday convened a meeting with heads of different departments to review their preparedness.
The meeting discussed the plans of concerned departments that have been prepared on the instructions of the DC to prevent interruption in services during future snowfalls in the district.
The DC while hailing their efforts after last week’s unforeseen snowfall in the district asked all the concerned departments to ensure faster and wider dealing with inclement weather situation as forecast and immediate services restorations wherever required.
Concerned departments including Mechanical Engineering Department, Power Development Department, Public Health Engineering, Roads & Buildings, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Fire & Emergency Department were provided 5 lakh rupees each for acquiring gear to equip their ground staff involved in restoration efforts for dealing with harsh conditions.
The Power department was also provided with 2 crore rupees including 50 lakh rupees for each of its four divisions to procure buffer stock of transformers to handle situations where transformers are damaged. In addition to this 10 lakh rupees including 2.5 lakh for each of its divisions was provided to the department for handling restorations.
The PHE department was also provided an additional 10 lakh rupees to facilitate immediate restoration of damaged infrastructure when required.
The Drainage division of SMC was provided an additional 15 lakh rupees for fuel expenses for operating dewatering pumping stations during exigencies. The Health department was also provided an amount of 5 lakh rupees for procuring fuel for power generators – already provided to several health institutions – required during snowfall-caused power outages.
Fourteen lakh rupees including two lakh rupees each were provided to Tehsildars to provide for their mobility requirements during times of exigencies.
The departments were instructed to equip their staff and activate them immediately. They were asked to project any further demands but were asked to show results.
The DC directed for ensuring that snow clearance machines are positioned at all critical spots and that these must be pressed into service as soon as snow starts to accumulate. He stressed on prioritising snow-clearance from roads leading to all important installations across the district. The R&B was asked to work in close coordination with the SMC as long as the weather situation lasts.
The meeting was informed that both the MED and the SMC are geared up with the former with 23 snowplows and the latter with some 4000 personnel and 22 JCBs including 2 skid-steers at their disposal for snow-clearance on all main roads and pedestrian lanes across Srinagar.
It was also informed that all of 80 dewatering stations and 115 mobile pumping stations in the city are operational and that all concerned personnel have been sensitised. The F&ES department has also kept some of its pool of fire tenders and portable fire pumps available for water-logging exigencies in case there is a need.
Dr Shahid said water-logging as a result of snowfall or rains throws a major challenge in the district and that the concerned departments must be well-prepared to deal with it. He instructed for ensuring quick draining-out of water-logged areas including all interior roads and lanes.
He also instructed the SMC to remove the accumulated snow from roadsides which he said leads to traffic hurdles. He also instructed the Forest department to undertake immediate pruning of trees and lifting fallen trees and broken branches to facilitate road clearance and power restoration efforts.
He directed all the concerned departments to be in a state of preparedness and responsive to any crisis thrown up anywhere in the district.
The meeting was also informed that a central disaster management response store has been established at Bemina with a designated nodal officer to handle its affairs.
Dr Shahid directed for thorough implementation of all instructions and their respective plans in order to ensure timely and coordinated redress of problems and eventualities presented during the inclement weather situation. He directed for ensuring presence of all ground staff and concerned officers right till the end of the weather situation.
He directed for setting up control rooms in all concerned departments instructing them to provide real-time update about status of restorations. He said that a central control room will be set up which will oversee the overall operations ensuring coordination and organisation during eventualities.
The DC said there is a need to put in place a comprehensive mechanism that will ensure prevention of interruption in essential services because of snowfall in the district. He said the process has been started and a mechanism ensuring preparedness at all times and avoidance of services interruption in all circumstances will be put in place soon.
The meeting also took stock of restoration after last week’s snowfall. He directed the concerned for immediate assessment of losses to public properties and crops and for quick processing of compensations as due.
ADCs Srinagar M Hanief Balkhi and Khurshid Shah and senior officers from all line departments attended the meeting. Joint Director Planning Srinagar M Yaseen Lone was also present.
Union Jt Secy Culture terms Kashmiris as ardent readers of good literature
SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 12: While praising the cultural heritage of Kashmir, Union Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Nirupama Kotru today said that there is no parallel to the heritage of the region.
She said steps needs to be taken to conserve the tangible heritage which includes tombs, old houses, age-old buildings, artifacts in museums, along with non-tangible heritage including music, literature, paintings and others.
The Joint Secretary said this at a book release function held by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at the seminar hall of JKAACL, Lal Mandi. The function was held in collaboration with Department of Achieves, Archaeology and Museums.
Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Muneer-ul-Islam, Director National Council of Science Museums Samarendra Kumar, Chief Editor (Urdu), J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages M Ashraf Tak were present during the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Kotru said that people of Kashmir are ardent readers and have always loved to read good stuff. She said that Kashmiri folk tales are so rich that people world over read them with great admiration.
Joint Secretary said that the Valley has a rich tradition and culture which is admired world-over. The writers and poets here have expressed their love and emotions so beautifully that their work inspires millions, Kotru said. She said it is important that such literature and art is showcased world over so that the seekers get the requisite benefit from their great work.
Admiring Academy for doing a commendable work, Kotru said the Academy has been at the forefront of doing a commendable job in bringing out journals, high quality translation works and other books in various indigenous languages which include Kashmiri, Gogri, Pahari, Dogri, Urdu, and others, thereby giving a glimpse of art and tradition of the place.
Earlier, the Joint Secretary released various books in different languages and translations including Intangible Heritage of Kashmir(English), Intangible Heritage of Jammu (English), Habba Khatoon (English Translation done by Prof Ghulam Rasool Malik), Tawareek Hassan (English translation done by Prof Shafi Shouq), Aknandon-folk tale told by six authors, Lok-e-Kath- reprinted version of Kashmiri, Kashur-sun-Adab, Kuliyat Azad (reprinted), Kuliyat Mahmood Gami (4th edition reprinted), Nawjawan number (Urdu), Arsh-e-Sehbaie (Urdu), Bulbul Kashmiri (Urdu), Tota Maina (Pahari translation) Hasta Adab (Pahari), Lale-de-Banjrary (Pahari), Gojiri Lok Kahaniyan (Gojri), Mai Azmiyo Sach (Gojri translation of My experiments with truth) and others.
Later, the Union Joint Secretary also visited Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums where she was given a detailed tour of old and new Museum by Muneer-ul-Islam, who is also the Director Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums. Besides, apprising her with various issues related to the department, the director discussed various future plans regarding the department with the Joint Secretary.
Div Com discusses DPR preparation for Srinagar-B’la-Uri four-lane road
Srinagar, Nov 05: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today chaired a meeting of concerned officers to discuss the preparation for the formulation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for development of Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri four-lane road.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Dr G.N Itoo; Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, TassaduqHussain Mir; ADC Baramulla; Chief Engineer, Beacon; SE (Civil), Commander, 760, BRTF and other concerned officials.
Calling the project a ‘prestigious one’, the Div Com instructed the concerned officers to take all technicalities in account while formulating the DPR. Various bottlenecks and constraints in this regard were also discussed during the meeting.
On the occasion, Div Com directed Chief Engineer, Beacon to explore possibilities of re-alignment of Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri road at four highly built-up spots in consultation with Baramulla District Administration. He also asked the officials to assess the feasibility of construction of bye-pass at Pattan and Baramulla and a flyover at Sangrama.
Div Com directed DC Baramulla to constitute teams for joint survey which will include representatives from the concerned agencies.
DC Baramulla was also directed to conduct weekly review meetings and furnish action taken report to be submitted to Div Com office on weekly basis.
He also directed the concerned officials to ensure that the consultancy engaged for the projects is made available at an earliest. CE Beacon was also asked to place indent of the road before DC Baramulla for the purpose of land acquisition.