Dr Drabu, Zulfkar Address Gujjar-Bakerwal Conference in Pulwama



Gujjar Conference

A Gujjar and Bakerwal conference was organized at Town Hall in Pulwama Sunday. Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu and Minister for CA&PD, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali addressed the conference.

Speaking on the occasion, Choudhary Zulfkar said that development of Gujjar and Bakerwal community along with other weaker sections of the society is the priority concern of the government and present dispensation led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is striving hard for their holistic development and socio-economic upliftment. He said the schemes aided by the Central Government in this regard need to be implemented effectively to get the desired results on the ground, an official statement said this evening.

The Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu said providing all basic amenities including roads, education, healthcare facilities and supply of electricity and drinking water is among top priorities of present government and every possible step would be taken in this regard so that living standards of people belonging to backward and downtrodden communities is elevated.

MLA Pulwama, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, MLA Pampore, Zahoor Ahmad Mir and MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas also addressed the conference.

Meanwhile, Zulfkar also reviewed implementation of tribal welfare schemes in Pulwama.

He also visited Gujjar & Bakerwal Hostel at Prichoo Pulwama to take stock of the facilities there.

Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Niraj Kumar briefed the Minister about the developmental works under tribal sub-plan as also regarding the stock and supply position in the district.

The Minister had a detailed discussion on achievements registered under various schemes besides deliberating on multi-pronged strategies to further improve the implementation of developmental programmes, the official statement informed.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister said socio-economic development of weaker sections of the society is the priority of the government adding various innovative schemes have been launched to cater to the needs of under-privileged communities.

Zulfkar exhorted upon the officers to ensure uplift of downtrodden people besides utilizing funds judiciously for welfare of deserving sections of the state.

The Minister emphasized upon the officers monitoring the development projects to ensure that the benefits percolate to the grassroots level. He instructed that adequate publicity be given to welfare schemes especially in rural and hilly areas for ensuring maximum benefits to the weaker sections of the society.

Zulfkar directed the Deputy Commissioner Pulwama to frame a committee under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama for destroying rotten food-grains lying in CA&PD god-owns within 10 days.

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