JAMMU: Terming corruption as a scourge which eats up the vitals of society, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday asked officers to support her in the work of providing a responsive and responsible administration to the people of the State.
Chairing a meeting of Deputy Commissioners of Jammu province here, the chief minister sought the support of officers in ensuring clean, prompt and result-oriented governance to people, particularly those living in remote, hilly and disadvantageous areas. “Alone I cannot do anything,” she said at the meeting.
Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh was also present in the meeting.
Complimenting the deputy commissioners for discharging their duties with maturity, Mehbooba Mufti asked them to continue with the good work. She asked them to further enhance their public outreach and conduct periodic visits to far-flung areas to know the difficulties of people there. She also asked the DCs to specify a day in a week for meeting people in their offices where the people’s grievances are redressed on the spot.
The chief minister advised the DCs against harassing any community or group in drives against encroachments or for protection of forest areas. She asked them to handle such issues compassionately. She said the law must be enforced on equal terms while dealing with cases of bovine smuggling or cow vigilantism. She directed the DCs to be strictly tough with such elements as are found indulging in sowing seeds of hatred among communities and people.
Mufti asked the DCs to start preparing for winter months and ensure stocking of essential supplies and fuel at areas that generally remain cut-off due to snow. She also took detailed feedback regarding the arrangements made by various district administrations for people dislocated due to shelling in border areas of Jammu province.
The chief minister asked the divisional administration to ensure that farmers of Basmati rice whose lands are to be acquired for the Jammu semi-Ring Road project are adequately compensated. She also asked for rationalisation of teachers in the province so that adequate number of teachers conversant in Punjabi and Dogri languages is made available in schools.
She directed for installation of crash barriers on the Ramban-Banihal stretch of the national highway to avoid frequency of accidents, terming this as a priority.
She reviewed the pace of work on three medical colleges coming up at Rajouri, Doda and Kathua as well as the AIIMS at Vijaypur. She also reviewed progress on projects such as Jammu-Akhnoor road widening, Jammu airport expansion, Tawi Barrage, new Assembly complex at Jammu, Dental College Jammu, Mubarak Mandi Heritage project, Suchetgarh border tourism project, Chenab water supply scheme, solid waste management project at Kote Balwal, railway projects, national highway expansion and other projects.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the deputy commissioners to personally supervise the completion of these projects and ensure they are completed within schedule. She also asked the DCs to make the Grievance Cells in their offices properly functional and make sure that no complaint from people goes unanswered.
Earlier, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, MK Bhandari, briefed the CM on developmental activities in the province.
Advisor-Infrastructure, Pradip Singh, Chief Secretary BB Vyas, Principal Secretary to CM Rohit Kansal, and deputy commissioners of all districts of Jammu province were present in the meeting.