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The District Development Board which met under the chairmanship of Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli Tuesday approved a district plan of Rs 119. 96 crore for the year 2016-17.
The total outlay includes Rs 44.22 crore to be utilised under RDD, Rs 5.19 crore under minor irrigation, Rs 13.78 crore under R&B, Rs 2.11 crore under general economics services, Rs 53.00 Crore under social services including education, health, PHE, ICDS etc. Further its was informed that conducive efforts shall be made for providing better health care, augmentation of water supply, up gradation of roads, creating durable assets under MGNREGA and for expanding sanitation programmes, an official spokesperson said early this evening.
The minister directed the officers to submit UCs under CSS on time so that funds are released without any delay.
Kohli stressed on complete transparency while implementing various schemes of public importance while ensuring proper monitoring of works on ground.
The Minster called for active public participation in the developmental process and said that the synergy between administration and public is vital to ensure that the benefits of developmental programmes and welfare schemes reach grass root level.
He also stressed on taking up projects under convergence plan so that tangible assets are created on the ground.
Expressing concern over the slow pace of work on Water Filtration Plant at Ramban, construction work of Dak Banglow, power receiving stations at Ukhral, Khari and Chanderkote, ANM school, college buildings at Gool and Ramban , the minister directed the departments concerned to work in tandem and remove bottlenecks if any.
Stressing on the need to focus on sheep and Animal Husbandry and fisheries sectors the Minister asked the officers concerned to project the requirement of funds in these sectors so that requisite steps are taken to make them financially viable.
Kohli also impressed upon the concerned officers to ensure implementation of all the DDB decisions in letter and spirit. He also asked them to consult concerned legislators before formulating any projects or schemes to ascertain and fulfil the area specific developmental needs.
Underscoring the importance of improving the road network for development of rural masses the minister directed the works department to ensure that the projects are completed in time with strict adherence to quality norms.
He maintained that there will be regular review of the physical and financial progress in all the sectors and no laxity in this regard shall be tolerated.
The Minister also stressed on providing employment avenues to the local youth in various developmental works being carried out by different agencies in the district. He appreciated the steps taken by the district administration for proper monitoring of ongoing national highway projects and proper upkeep of the NH.
The legislators also raised different issues of their respective constituencies like land compensation, shortage of staff in schools and health institutions, upgradation of roads , expansion of power and water supply schemes to uncovered habitations, employment under MGNREGA, identification of new tourist sites, development of infrastructure, clearance of pending liabilities, rehabilitation of flood affected people who are residing in tents, etc.
Earlier, the District Development Commissioner Ramban, Mohammad Aijaz while apprising about the physical and financial achievements registered in the last fiscal said that against available funds of Rs. 55.52 crore a total expenditure of Rs. 55.37 crore was made in various sectors registering an achievement of 99%.