JAMMU: The district development board that met under the chairmanship of deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Sunday gave nod to an annual CAPEX budget of Rs.200 crore for Jammu district.
The meeting also reviewed the action taken report on the decisions of the last board meeting and took stock of physical and financial achievements registered in the district plan during 2015-16.
While pushing for area specific planning and rationalization of developmental funds keeping in view the area population and topography of a particular region, the deputy chief minister said the proposal mooted by the chief minister for having separate development plans for the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu will be a major step in this direction giving fillip to the developmental scenario of these two cities. He stressed that a comprehensive view of all vital parameters should be taken for ensuring optimal utilization of funds aiming at sustainable development .He also called for chalking out the developmental plans in consultation with the concerned legislators.
Reiterating the commitment of the present dispensation to ensure equitable development of all the regions and for meeting developmental needs and aspirations of people Dr Singh said that requisite steps are being taken to improve the service delivery mechanism at the grass root level .
He highlighted the need to adopt innovative ideas for ensuring sustainable development with major thrust on creating durable assets and providing better services to the people. He said that the centrally sponsored schemes should be implemented proficiently and in this regards asked the deputy commissioner’s to act as the nodal officer and ensure proper monitoring of the centrally sponsored schemes in their respective districts .
Underscoring the importance of 100% utilization of funds, Dy CM maintained that every single penny should be expended judiciously, adding that strict adherence to the fixed timelines for completion of the vital developmental projects should remain priority of the executing agencies while ensuring quality of works on ground. Dy CM stressed the need to generate mass awareness regarding various centrally sponsored schemes especially in rural and far flung areas so that people avail maximum benefits from these. Dr Singh also directed the concerned officers to ensure that utilization certificates required under various schemes are submitted on time for timely release of funds and effective implementation of these schemes.