|Early Times Report|
POONCH, Oct 20: The Day 2 of the maiden urban outreach programme ‘My Town, My Pride’ today started with great enthusiasm in municipal areas of Poonch and Surankote to get the first hand feedback of the functioning of the urban local bodies in JKUT .
Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez- the visiting officer for Poonch Municipal Council, presided over the 2nd day activities including interaction with elected members of Poonch Municipal Council, besides listening to the issues of locals. The MC members led by the president and vice president raised a number of issues, mostly pertaining to better connectivity. The specific issues discussed included blacktopping of all Municipal roads, completion of Jhullas Chajra road, Cricket stadium for Poonch, appointment of additional sanitation workers, renovation of Parks, improvement of Health sector, augmentation of water and power supply and various issues were discussed in detail. While interacting with the MC members, Sarmad Hafeez said ‘My Town, My Pride’ was launched to get first hand feedback from all the stakeholders to plan the developmental needs of urban population, ensuring timely redress of problems, besides prioritizing speedy execution of identified works. “The feedback we are receiving during these programmes will play an important role in the planning process; and will ultimately reduce the developmental deficit”, he added. He also said that the Government is committed to provide better Service delivery to its citizens. Meanwhile, member Service Selection Board, Mohammad Shafiq Chak, the visiting Officer for MC Surnakote, chaired a meeting with MC members, prominent citizens and officers also. Numerous issues were raised including construction of bathrooms for court complex, Construction of lane drains, black topping of roads, construction of Sports stadium, and Parks. The visiting officer registered all the grievances and assured that all their grievances and demands shall be redressed with the intervention of the concerned departments. In the programme, sports and cultural activities were also held. The visiting officer reviewed the services being provided to the general public and inspected the developmental works being carried out in the urban areas. Besides, he also inspected a public toilet complex, Court complex. During the programme, KCC cards, baby kits, labour cards were distributed in both tehsils besides thousands of domicile certificates, category certificates and other certificates were also issued to the beneficiaries.