Zulfkar directs J&K Housing Board to expedite pace on construction works
JAMMU, MAR 12: Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS& CA) and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today convened a joint meeting of officers of different departments to review the physical and financial status of various ongoing works under FCS&CAD, Legal Metrology Department (LMD) and Tribal Affairs Department in the state. Commissioner Secretary FCS&CAD, M D Khan, Commissioner Secretary Tribal Affairs Department, Salma Hamid, Director FCS &CA Jammu, Ch Rashid Azam Inqalabi, Director Tribal Affairs Department, Mohammad Rafi, Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board, Manmohan Singh, Controller LMD, Raj Kumar Katoch, Special Secretary Tribal Affairs, Mohammad Shareef, Deputy Controller LMD Manoj Prabakhar, Secretary Gujjar Advisory Board Mukhtar Ahmad Choudhary, Financial Advisor Zia Qazi, Executive Engineer JK Housing Board and other senior officers of Planning, Finance and concerned departments were present in the meeting. The Minister taking note of the progress made directed J&K Housing Board to accelerate the pace of work of various ongoing construction works so that the projects are completed in time. He stressed upon the officers to maintain quality standards in its works besides doubling their efforts to complete the project within stipulated time frame. Zulfkar also directed the concerned officers to release the funds on time so that the pace on ongoing works is not hampered. During the meeting a detailed review was taken on progress made on various works including Constructions of Gujjar and Bakerwal Hostels, Eklavya Residential Schools, renovation and repair of G&B Hostels, construction of FCS & CA buildings, and Legal Metrology buildings besides other works in the state. The meeting was informed that renovation/repairs on G&B Boys Hostel at Tulsibagh Srinagar have been completed and renovation/repairs on G&B Boys Hostel at Anantnag are expected to be competed very soon. The Minster asked the concerned department to release Rs 1 crore in addition to the existing amount for construction of Eklavya School at Doda. He also directed for construction of boundary walls at newly constructed LMD buildings at Akhnoor, Udhampur and Rajouri besides undertaking landscaping works. While reviewing the progress on construction of FCS&CA Direction office building at Ware House, the Minister was informed that an amount of Rs 5 crore has been expended so far and the construction work is in full swing. Zulfkar directed the executing agency to complete the first floor of the complex by ending April this year. The Minister also designated Deputy Controller LMD Manoj Prabhakar as Liaison officer to coordinate with the departments and executing agency for all construction related works.