Srinagar: Fifty-eight per cent of the budget allocated for north Kashmir’s Kupwara district this fiscal has been spent on developmental works so far, the government claimed on Thursday.
At a meeting held at SKICC here, the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali reviewed the developmental works going on in the district, an official handout issued here said.
In the meeting attended by the officers of R&B, Revenue, JKPCC, Education, Planning and Development departments, the minister, who is also the Chairman of District Development Board (DDB) Kupwara, reviewed the progress achieved by different departments and executing agencies.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan informed the minister that “58 percent of total allocated budget for the current financial year has been spent”.
Ranjan also informed that Lolav-Zungli Bypass, Badpura Bridge and Children’s Park, Langate are likely to be inaugurated next month, while Hapat’naar Irrigation Tank and SDH Sogam will be completed by the end of December.
The minister was informed that R&B department completed construction of 10 and JKPCC of seven bridges, while 30 buildings were constructed under RAMSA Scheme in the Education sector.
Directing the officers to expedite the work, the minister stressed on close coordination between different departments.
He said the developmental work gets stalled in the Valley by the end of December, which signals the onset of winter.
The officers were asked to complete targeted works of the year before winters.
“It is the endeavour of the government to ensure that the developmental works undertaken are completed within the stipulated time. Clear instructions have been given to ensure time-bound completion, and the officers should synergize their efforts for the same and also see to it that bottlenecks, if any, are removed,” he said.
Zulfikar also reviewed the decisions taken in previous DDB meeting, and their implementation.