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  • Reiterates govt’s commitment to provide better basic amenities to people

JAMMU: Reiterating government’s commitment to provide better basic amenities to the people at their doorsteps, Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta today said that various development activities have been launched across the state to provide safe drinking water, better sewerage, lanes and drains and hygienic surroundings in every nook and corner of the state. The Deputy CM said this while interacting with people after kick starting blacktopping works at Sanjay Nagar Main Road, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 lakh. The development work has been executed by R&B Department. 

He further said the government is committed to equip the urban peripheral areas of the state with all basic facilities like road connectivity, drinking water, power, education healthcare, besides better lanes and drains. In this regard, the government has prepared a comprehensive plan to fulfill all the aspirations of the people of these areas, he added. The Deputy CM said with the starting of this work, the long pending demand of the people of the area has been redressed, adding that, necessary instructions have been passed to the concerned engineers to complete the works within stipulated time frame.

He asked the people to personally monitor the quality of ongoing development works in their respective areas and said that without their cooperation, the government’s objective of taking state’s development tempo to new heights cannot be achieved. Kavinder Gupta said an effective monitoring mechanism has been put in place to enforce accountability and transparency in the implementation of developmental schemes.

He directed the concerned officers to personally monitor the quality of execution of the work, adding that, there should be no compromise on quality. He said that government would create durable assets in the state under core sectors for this purpose there was no constraint of funds. Earlier, the Deputy CM also attended a public meeting at Dugra Nagar and listened to the grievances and demands of Kashmiri migrants residing there. He assured them that all their genuine demands would be addressed at the earliest.

While highlighting numerous projects being executed in the state, Kavinder Gupta said that present dispensation is working tirelessly to benefit the common masses through several developmental initiatives being executed in the state, besides augmenting the existing infrastructure of numerous sectors of the government. Among others, MLA Nowshera Ravinder Raina, MLCs Surinder Ambardar and Ajay Bharti were present on the occasion. Later, the Deputy CM also pay obeisance at Gurudwara Arjun Dev Ji at Domana.

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JAMMU: BJYM State Chief Dr. Suresh Ajay Magotra today started five days Youth reach out program of District Rajouri from Mandal Meira-Peri in context of upcoming Loksabha elections. BJYM State Secretaries Ajay Manhas, Jeevan Sharma and Adv Gurdev Thakur accompanied Dr. Magotra and BJYM District President Raja Rattan Singh managed the programs. Speaking on the ocassion Dr. Magotra said that as Loksabha election is coming near Youth of the nation need to tighten their shoes for highlighting the achievements done by Modi government from the last four years. Youth is the main  power of our nation who shown it time to time for playing major role in any type of revolution happened in this nation.

The last Loksabha election is the evidence of this when the Youth of our country have decided to uproot congress out of power and they have done it with a huge margin, Youth of the country have high expectation from Modi government and till now we have done good but need a little more time to take India to a respectable position at international level. He further said that today a major chunk of Youth have started their ventures under Skill Development, Mudra Yojana and Make In India, they have gained confidence and vision under Modi led government. BJYM activist across the state need to accelerate themselves so that a strong foundation can be laid for upcoming Loksabha elections, we need to reach door to door with the achievements and development work done by Central government. One Booth Ten Youth is also the main focus for us as this is the basic mantra to win any elections and our organisation follows it as their core and basic step. Many new faces from this Mandal join hands with BJYM.

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BANDIPORA: Placing Bandipora on the trajectory of economic transformation, Minister for Public Works and Culture, Naeem Akhtar, today announced that connectivity projects worth nearly Rs 100 crores will be taken up under various centrally sponsored schemes during this fiscal in the district. Accompanied by senior officers of the district administration, the Minister undertook a whirlwind tour of the district today during which he visited close to half dozen villages including Sunderkote, Guroora, Bapora, Sumlar and Arin where he interacted with local residents and sought their feedback on the Government’s developmental policies.

Recalling the glorious past of the district, Akhtar said Bandipora has faced neglect over these years due to which the district has been pushed into backwardness, “Bandipora was a knowledge hub of our valley but it is lagging now among all districts of the country in crucial indicators of development. To provide sustainable livelihood for economic transformation of the district, a multi-crore project for bee-keeping has been sanctioned by Khadi Village and Industries Board, work on which will start soon,” he said.

Akhtar said the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is committed to put Bandipora on the trajectory of economic transformation. He said the Public Works Department is building a vibrant and reliable road network that will open up new vistas for social and economic empowerment of people living in far-flung areas of the district. “Our commitment is to see Bandipora with a strong network of roads which will connect people and aspirations, and also foster an atmosphere for vibrant economic activity. This year, we are undertaking works worth nearly Rs 100 crore to strengthen the road connectivity in the district which will be expanded next year,” the Public Works Minister said.

While touring different villages, the officers accompanying the Minister said the land for construction of Eklavya School, a tribal residential school for Gujjar and Bakerwal community of Jammu and Kashmir, has been identified and work on the construction of the school will be started soon. The Minister was also told that the tender for construction of Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalaya at Brar village has already been sanctioned and construction work will be started soon, “The twin schools will bring world-class education to the doorsteps of the disadvantaged students which will go a long way in social and economic empowerment of Bandipora,” he said.

The Minister inspected work on Nadihal-Arin-Bandipora road macadamisation project which is expected to be completed this year. Akhtar also inspected work on Kindri Nallah bridge in Bapora, a major connectivity project bridging thousands of people living in the district that will be completed in a record time this year. Ahktar directed the district officials and officers of the Public Words Department to complete the Safarpora-Ajas Road in Bandipora by the end of September this year. From Ajas onwards to Sunarwani, works worth Rs 23.33 crore have been tendered already and the road is expected to be completed by next year, officials said.

The Minister also visited the Eidgah in Bandipora and discussed arrangement being made by the district administration for holding Eid prayers there. The government has already sanctioned construction of a drain to flush out the stagnant water from the prayer ground and the Minister directed the administration to make preparations for the upcoming Shab-e-Qadr and Eid celebrations in the district.

Giving out details, the officers of the Public Works Department said that developmental works worth Rs 58 crore under Central Road Fund will be taken up in Bandipora district including Ajas-Sonarwani Road for Rs 23.33 crore, Bandipora-Athwatu-Sonarwani Road for Rs 14.74 crore, Safapora-Ajas Road worth Rs 9 crore, Arin-Bapora Bridge worth Rs 6 crore and Nadihal-Arin Road worth Rs 5 crore.

Under NABARD funding, the Public Works Department will take up projects worth nearly Rs 11 crore including Rs 3.97 crore for Argam-Brar Chetibanday, Rs 2.58 crore for Kaloosa Watrina, Rs 2.38 crore for Kehnusa Malangam and Rs 2 crore for Ajas-Bazipora. The officers said that under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, 14 schemes are scheduled for completion this year incluiding 23 km worth Rs 27 crore. Officers said connectivity projects worth more than Rs 96 crore will be taken up in the district during this financial year.