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JAMMU: Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecological & Environment, Bali Bhagat has said that the Government will implement all the welfare schemes in a most transparent manner to ensure their benefits to the needy. He said the administration will be made more responsive and accountable to the people to achieve the visible results on ground.

The Minister said this while addressing  a public meeting at Muthi here today.  He said that the Government is aware about the problem of the people and serious efforts would be made to address these on fast-track basis. Minister of State for Education, Information Priya Sethi, MLC Romesh Arora, Senior BJP Leader Yudhvir Sethi,  and prominent citizens were also present on the occasion.

In order to provide hassle- free pension under social schemes, Bali Bhagat said the procedure has been simplified and in order to facilitate the beneficiaries the department will reach out to the people and camps will be organised to complete the formalities. ‘Now the beneficiaries need not to approach the offices of Social Welfare and other departments for completing the formalities, rather the department will do that’, said the Minister.

He asked the people to bring their problem to  his notice so that these are redressed appropriately in a shortest possible time. He asked the people to maintain close liaison with the administration to avail the benefits of various programmes. Bhagat said that the administration will focus on the agenda and make the administration visible on ground.

Promising to develop Muthi area on modern lines, the Minister said that this segment remained neglected by the previous regimes and all out efforts would made to strengthen the essential infrastructure, like road network, electricity, drinking water, education, health services and sanitation facilities for the convenience of the people.

While Speaking on the occasion Minister of State for Education, Information and Culture Priya Sethi reiterated that   PDP-BJP regime has worked out people friendly Common Minimum Programme (CMP) based on fulfilling the development aspirations of the common man. She said that government is focusing on refurbish the education sector and in regard two modern schools have been announced for Jammu and Srinagar each. Priya also appreciated the initiatives by the Social Welfare Department for providing hassel free services to the people at their doorsteps.

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JAMMU: Underlining commitment of the government to preserve historic monuments, Minister of State for Education, Culture and Information Priya Sethi said historic buildings, shrines and temples are integral part of the rich culture of the region and all out efforts would be made to restore these sites to their pristine glory. She appreciated the work of organizations like INTACH which are contributing towards conserving and reviving the sites of historic importance.

“Our city is known for its historic temples, shrines and gurudwaras and these monuments are part of the unique composite culture of the land which binds together people of different faiths,” she added. Priya Sethi visited historic old Panjbakhtar temple and inspected the restoration work underway in the temple. Senior Leader Yudhvir Sethi also accompanied during the visit.

On the occasion a conservation assessment report on wall paintings of the Panjbakhtar Mahadev temple prepared by the INTACH was presented to the Minister. The report for preservation of art work, wall paintings has been prepared with the support of the Department of Tourism and Culture.

Receiver of the temple Suresh Sharma, Director, Command Area Development Hemant Kumar Sharma, Convenor, INTACH Jammu Chapter S.M. Sahni, Eminent Environmentalist Dr. C.M. Seth, Kamal Ganjoo, members of INTACH Jammu chapter and prominent citizens were present on the occasion. The Minister took a round of the temple and inspected the development and restoration works underway. Special prayers were performed at the ancient Aap Shambu Lingum.

Priya and Yudhvir Sethi took keen interest in the wall paintings, embedded silver coins in marble chess floor, Heritage langar house, Garden Goushalla, Ancient Talab for rainwater harvesting, Garden lights, Benches and Water points.

Yudhvir Sethi described the temple as one of the oldest heritage religious site of the city and highlighted on the importance of restoring and reviving the heritage sites of the region. He said unique Dogra cultural and historic sites can become good tourist attraction points and would go a long way in reviving tourism in the area.

   He said need of the hour is to develop and promote locations in the region which can attract the visiting Shri Vaishno Devi Ji pilgrims, adding that tourism sector can help in providing job opportunities to locals besides contributing to the state’s economy.

Priya Sethi said the new government has given fresh impetus to the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex, Artificial Lake on Tawi, developing modern parking space and Gondola project in Bahu area. She said these projects would go a long way in attracting tourists to the city of temples.

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SRINAGAR: A Luxury Bus Service with AC and other facilities would be started in Srinagar city shortly and shall be available round the clock. A decision to this affect was taken in a meeting of officers from Transport, Traffic and other allied departments here today. Giving details about the decision, the Divisional Commissioner, Dr Asgar Samoon said that a non-stop Bus Service shall ply from SMHS hospital via Eidgah Ali Jan  Road to SKIMS Soura. He said, for the purpose, the services of Kahwa on Wheels agency have been acquired. He said open deck buses shall also be introduced in the city and shall ply on Boulevard through foreshore road. Dr Samoon said that in time such type of bus service shall be extended to other areas of the city also.