SRINAGAR: An amount of Rs 116.73 crore is being utilised in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district for development of infrastructure under the district plan during the ongoing financial year.
“In district Pulwama, Rs 116.73 crore are being utilised for development of public infrastructure in various sectors …Against this, 75 per cent allocation, amounting to over Rs 87 crore, has been released by the government so far to achieve the developmental targets fixed…,” an official handout issued here said, quoting the information shared in the follow-up review meeting of the District Development Board (DDB) held under the Minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri.
The minister, who is also the chairman of the DDB, directed the officers to “strictly implement” all the decisions taken in the meeting “to ensure better results under different…sponsored programmes”.
Expressing dismay over “deficient replies” from officers, Veeri said “neither subletting of duties nor laxity on part of any officer would be tolerated”.
He asked the officers to put in “extra efforts” for “judicious and effective” utilisation of funds, besides removing bottlenecks hindering the developmental works.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu, as per the statement, said the government’s “prime focus” is on expanding “a viable road network” in every nook and corner of the state.
He called for keeping a “strict check” over quality of works, asking for ensuring “judicious use” of funds.
“The effort should be to create sustainable assets catering to area-specific developmental needs,” he said.
He asked the officers to put in their “sincere efforts” to implement the DDB decisions in letter and spirit in order to meet aspirations of the people.
The government, he said, was “keen” to extend every basic facility to the people of each district. He said the government wants to make the districts at par with the twin capital cities of the state.
Calling for “concerted efforts” for making J&K a “prosperous state”, the finance minister asked the concerned officers for “full utilisation of funds” provided by for developmental purposes under several flagship programmes.