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Prioritise languishing projects for completion: Choudhary tells DCs
9/20/2018 10:54:54 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Sept 20: Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary of Finance Navin Kumar Choudhary has asked the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to prioritise completion of languishing infrastructure projects in their respective districts, during the current financial year. Addressing a joint conference of Administrative Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners and District Police Chiefs at SKICC here on Wednesday evening, Mr Choudhary asked the Deputy Commissioners to prepare a detailed projectwise schematic break-up of all such languishing infrastructure projects, as these are proposed to be funded under the JK Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). He directed them to make a list of such projects in the order of priority, so that these projects can be completed with assured funding without any further delay. He told the Deputy Commissioners that once the funds are released, they have to give assurance about the completion of these languishing projects, by the end of the current financial year.
While responding to the issues raised by the DCs, Mr Choudhary said Accounts Officers will shortly be deputed to all DC offices, to act as financial advisors to the Deputy Commissioners' office. Principal Secretary of Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo, while interacting with the DCs, asked them to regularly monitor the Health Indicators of their respective district that will determine the healthcare scenario of the district. He said efforts were on the improve the health infrastructure in the state under the National Health Mission and urged the DCs to cooperate with their district health officials, so that the best healthcare services are provided to people.
He also discussed the preparations for Measles Rubella vaccination campaign with the DCs and sought their cooperation for its success. Speaking at the conference, Principal Secretary of Planning and Development Rohit Kansal advised the Deputy Commissioners to prepare comprehensive project reports of infrastructure projects, including the necessary components, so that these projects would be completed on time. He also asked them to allocate funds to the projects under the district plan as per the importance of each project, so that these projects don't suffer for want of funds.
Commissioner Secretary of Forests Manoj Diwedi suggested the Deputy Commissioners to start a special anti-encroachment drive in their respective districts, so that the forest land would be retrieved from encroachers. He also suggested them to expedite the process of issuing forest clearance certificates for the projects of immediate public importance.
Commissioner Secretary of Power Hirdesh Kumar Singh said the department aims to electrify all un-electrified hamlets of the state by November 30 and the efforts are on to accomplish the mission. Round-the-clock power supply will be provided to households by the end of next year, he added. Secretary of Social Welfare Farooq Ahmad Lone said the Department is planning to set up a District Disability Rehabilitation Centers in all un-served districts for providing comprehensive services to the persons with disabilities. He asked the DCs to identify suitable land for the purpose. Saying that the Department of Social Welfare is involved in the uplift of weaker sections of society through different schemes and programmes and it is important that Deputy Commissioners closely monitor their implementation, Dr Lone observed that suggestions from Deputy Commissioners would further help in achieving the desired objective of these schemes at grass root level.
Secretary of Youth Services and Sports and Information Sarmad Hafeez said that under the aegis of Khelo India programme, Rs 10 lakh have been earmarked for each district for the creation of better sports infrastructure and coaching facilities of international standards. He advised the Deputy Commissioners to involve youth in different sports promotion programmes and also lauded the role of DCs and SPs in making the Khelo India a grand success in the state. Mr Hafeez also said that Information department has recently posted District Information Officers in districts for effective coverage of government programmes.
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