JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra has expressed serious concern over the obtaining status of sanitation management in key urban locations in Jammu and Kashmir. He called for taking up wide ranging initiatives to systematically implement the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan across the state.
The Governor directed Financial Commissioner Planning and Development Department BB Vyas to issue immediate instructions to the two Divisional Commissioners and all Deputy Commissioners in the State to ensure sanitation and cleanliness in all offices and public places in the towns and cities. He also directed that the Commissioners of the two Municipal Corporations and Administrators of all the Municipalities should be tasked to ensure daily collection and removal of garbage and be sure that there are no muck heaps lying anywhere along the roads.
The Governor also directed the Chief Secretary to issue directions to ensure that adequate police help, protection and support is provided by dedicated police units which, one each, should be kept at the disposal of urban agencies in both Jammu and Srinagar cities. These units shall assist the urban administration agencies to bring about a qualitative improvement in effectively carrying out their enforcement functions, without any excuse whatsoever about hindrances in doing so. These units will function under clearly specified Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to assist the urban administration agencies in the two cities in very close co-ordination with the local police stations. These dedicated units will help the municipal bodies in efficiently carrying out their enforcement tasks on daily basis, without any fail.
Later, under the directions of Governor, Financial Commissioner (Planning and Development) held a meeting with the Municipal Officials of Srinagar and Jammu to streamline the arrangements regarding sanitation management in both the cities. Commissioner Housing and Urban Development, Commissioner SMC, Officers of JMC and Local Bodies participated in the meeting.