SRINAGAR: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday called for identification of potential tourist spots in the vicinity of highways in Jammu region.
Responding to the demands from legislators for development of tourist spots in their respective constituencies, Sayeed asked the authorities concerned to prepare DPRs to fully harness the tourist potential of Jammu division.
He was chairing the District Development Board (DDB) meetings of Jammu and Reasi districts in the state’s winter capital Jammu.
Sayeed said projects for beautification of Tawi banks will be taken up on priority, and directed for preparation of DPR for beautification of areas from Raghunath Mandir to Mubarak Mandi heritage complex under heritage tourism project.
He called for identification of a tourist village under government of India’s flagship rural tourism promotion scheme.
Describing DDBs as “mini-legislatures” and “institutions of inclusivity”, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said the decisions taken in the meetings should be implemented in letter and spirit.
“DDB meetings are the institutions of empowerment for the legislators. This well-established institutional mechanism makes them part of the implementation process at the ground level. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the credibility and authority of the institution DDB is restored fully,” Sayeed said.
Calling for making the mechanism of issuance of Permanent Resident Certificates (PRC) transparent and hassle-free, Sayeed directed the administration to take strict action against the persons who misuse the PRCs.
He directed the administration to ensure that the permanent residents of the state are not made to suffer for want of PRCs and other certificates.
The Chief Minister said Jammu has “a huge potential” in agriculture and horticulture sectors, but it needs to be tapped with “the use of latest technological inventions in irrigation, root stock and quality seeds, and field interventions”.
He asked SK University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu, to “primarily aim” at giving a push to the extension services to the farmers in the Basmati bowl of the state.
“The varsity shall give fillip to extension of horticulture and its allied activities to the farmers of Jammu region so as to harness the different agro-climatic zones,” he said.
Meanwhile, the meeting approved a total plan allocation of Rs 193.27 crore for Jammu. In Reasi district, the total plan allocation the revenue component has been taken out and the total capex for 2015-16 is to the tune of Rs 141.18 crore.