Chief Minister inaugurates various facilities, reviews development in Kulgam

Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti inaugurating a college
Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti inaugurating a college

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Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday visited Kulgam and took on the spot review of the developmental projects in the district. She also inaugurated many utilities in the district including an ATM and a college, an official spokesman said.

Interacting with civilians
Interacting with civilians

Ms Mufti inaugurated a Degree College at Kilam. She went round various blocks of the college and sought details of the course curriculum and intake capacity.

On the occasion, she announced that both medical and non-medical streams besides Functional English would be taught at the college.

Besides, she inaugurated a branch of the J&K Bank and ATM facility at Kilam which was a long-pending demand of the people of the area.

Later, Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of Maternal & Children block of the District Hospital, Kulgam. Comprising 50 beds, the block would be completed within two years. The addition of this block would give a big relief to the children of the area who have to be shifted to Srinagar or Anantnag in the event of any ailment.

Local young men fought with cops soon after the Chief Minister left the south Kashmir village
Local young men fought with cops soon after the Chief Minister left the south Kashmir village (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

Ms Mufti sought strict adherence to the time schedule of the projects from the engineers adding that no scope should be left to extend the completion deadline. She also directed early repairs of the lift system at the District Hospital.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated General Nursing & Mid-Wifery School at Kandipora. Built over a cost of Rs 5 crore, the school would have facilities of lecture halls, labs and other facilities. She also laid foundation stone of a nearby residential complex for officers which would be built over a cost of Rs 68 lakhs and would have 40 apartments.

Stop Press; Paramilitary man telling press men not to move beyond (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
Stop Press; Paramilitary man telling press men not to move beyond (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

She was accompanied by Health minister Bali Bhagat; Education minister, Naeem Akhtar; JK Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmad and a long convoy of bureaucrats. En-route the Chief Minister interacted with several deputations, many of them comprising women, who sought redress of their day to day grievances. Mehbooba Mufti listened to their demands patiently and assured them of appropriate and time-bound action.

Soon after, Ms Mufti left Kilam, clashes erupted between the CRPF-police and the resident youth. Scribes who had gone to cover the incident, interestingly were stopped from covering the events – both the official function and the law and order situation. Some of them were misbehaved with. A few were beaten actually. Interestingly, the officials did not permit them to cover subsequent functions as well.

Local MLA,  a Congressman, boycotted the function. He said the Chief Minister should have mourned the death of an employee who was killed in cold blood. The entire belt was on strike.

Later in Kulgam, Chief Minister, directed the district administration Kulgam that the delays caused in the completion of the developmental works should be minimized and in this regard sought submission of  fortnightly report on the status of various developmental projects taken in hand in the district.

The Chief Minister gave these directions during a meeting of officers here to review the developmental scenario in the district.

Mehbooba Mufti said since much of the working season is already gone, further delays in the completion of projects should be minimized by working round the clock without any complacency. She assured the meeting that sufficient funds would be made available for completion of the works.

Mehbooba Mufti also asked the district administration to prepare a list of people and properties which were affected during the turmoil of past five months so that possibilities of their rehabilitation could be explored. She added that all Standard Operating Procedures be followed while dealing with situations so that the loss to civilian life or property is avoided.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister sought details of availability of ration in view of coming winter, drinking water and health facilities. She specifically directed the PDD to ensure that the unscheduled cuts in power supply are minimized to a great extent. She also sought details of winter action plan prepared by the district administration.

Mehbooba Mufti was informed that two villages in the District have been identified as Kangri villages to give boost to this village craft. Also, she was informed that Mushkbudji and Kamad varieties of rice have been successfully introduced in the district. She was also informed that one village in the district would be adopted by J&K Bank for micro financing of rural activities.

The Chief Minister directed creating vegetable clusters in identified villages, developing some nurseries of hybrid walnuts and other high density plants in the district.

Mehbooba Mufti also asked the district administration to take up embankment and flood protection of Veshow nallah, fencing and landscaping of play-fields and other such activities under convergence through Rural Development Department.


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