Public grievances heard, lakhs released as funds
ANANTNAG: Continuing with her public outreach programme, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday conducted a grievance redressal camp here, during which she listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought the redress of their grievances.
Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Abdul Rehman Veeri; Minister of State for Hajj and Auqaf Syed Farooq Andrabi; several legislators of the district and former Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Sartaj Madni were also present on the occasion.
The deputations in general thanked the Chief Minister for initiating developmental activities across the district and monitoring their smooth execution.
Deputations from Verinag and Kokernag thanked the Chief Minister for getting the Vailoo-Singhpora tunnel approved by the Centre, thus initiating the connecting of the district with Chenab Valley through a short road. Another deputation from Dooru thanked her for granting the town a model hospital.
Several deputations from Verinag and Kokernag demanded the establishment of playfields at Larnoo, Khreti and Bahai and the setting up of an ITI in the area. They also demanded the withdrawal of FIRs against some local youth.
A deputation from Breng demanded the construction of an office complex, adequate funding for the local water supply scheme and also putting Margan Top and other spots on the tourist map and developing the Hill Park. A demand for bringing Kachwan-Matigawaran areas on the cellular connectivity network was also raised besides a request for creating an ICDS block at Sagam or Kokernag.
The Chief Minister directed the release of Rs 10 lakhs for developing Hill Park for attracting more tourists.
Another deputation from Chek Ishardass sought the strengthening of drinking water facilities in the area and the setting up of a Girls’ Middle School.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the release of Rs 40 lakh for strengthening the area’s drinking water supply by constructing some wells.
A deputation from Brinty, Batpora, Anantnag sought the stabilisation of the drinking water supply network in the area besides removing encroachments on the Achabal irrigation canal, making the local veterinary unit functional and the upgrading of a local high school.
Mehbooba directed the release of Rs 15 lakh for improving the drinking water network in the area.
A deputation from Ando, Pushroo and Nowgam areas of Shangus area sought the revision of rent on the land of the ammunition dump at Khundroo, the upgrading of the Kachoo to Nowgam road besides strengthening the drinking water supply network in these villages. Mehbooba directed the release of Rs 15 lakh for strengthening the distribution network of water supply schemes in these villages.
A deputation of people from Dethoo, Kothar in Shangus area demanded the upgrading of the local high school to a Higher Secondary School besides improving the water supply distribution and health facilities in their area.
The Chief Minister directed the release of Rs 20 lakhs for improving the PHE distribution network in the area.
A deputation from Bijbehara sought the early completion of the local hospital, an ITI for training local youth, a filtration plant for the town besides pacing up of the beautification works on the Jhelum banks in the town. They also demanded the desilting of Marche Khul and the construction of concrete lining on the Shahjoe canal.
The Chief Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner to undertake a drive to clear all encroachments on the banks of rivers, water bodies and canals. She also announced the release of Rs. 10 lakhs for completing works at the local hospital. Various deputations from Pahalgam sought the establishment of a college in the area, the development of local health centres and the augmentation of drinking water facilities.
The Chief Minister directed the release of Rs 30 lakhs for stabilising 11 ailing water supply schemes in the town to facilitate the availability of quality drinking water to people. She also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, to hold frequent meetings of the building permission committee to facilitate the people of the area.
A deputation from Hapatnar, Pahalgam, sought grid stability in the area, more funds for the water supply schemes of Dachnipora and Khohwerpora, and the strengthening of PHC Sallar and Aishmuqam.
A deputation from Homeshalibug demanded the cleaning and de silting of the Nandi canal. They also demanded conceiving a lift irrigation scheme at Jablipora besides the establishment of a dispensary at Arwani and posting of staff at PHC, Urnhall.
Mehbooba directed the release of Rs 15 lakhs for the cleaning of the Nandi canal.
Several deputations from Qazigund sought creation of staff at the Trauma Hospital, desilting and beautification of Panzath spring, establishment of a girls’ college in the town and a sports field. Another deputation from Mir Bazaar sought the strengthening of the local PHC, the widening of the Mir Bazaar-Ashajipora road and the upgrading of the Sadura and Phunah high schools. They also demanded immediate handing over of the PHC, Vessu, building to the Health Department for its operationalisation.
A deputation of Auqaf Committee, Sofipora, Wularhama, sought completion of on-going works at the local Imambara for which the Chief Minister directed the release of Rs 10 lakhs.
Deputations of migrant employees, inhabitants of Vessu and Mattan Pandit colonies, Anantnag Town, ReT teachers, Shangus, Chattegul, Kothar, Nowgam, Shahabad Hiller, Siligam etc. also met Mehbooba Mufti and raised their demands with her.
The Chief Minister listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day, continuing till late in the evening. In many of the cases, Mehbooba Mufti gave on-spot directions for the redressal of the grievances, which was hailed by the members of the deputations.
During her overnight stay here, the Chief Minister would also be visiting Pahalagam to take stock of the developmental needs of people and to listen to their problems.
The Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and the Planning Department; heads of several departments; chiefs of many Engineering wings; Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Younis; DIG, SKR, Syamprakash Pani; SSP Muhammad Altaf Khan and officers of the district administration were present on the occasion.
It may be recalled here that the public outreach programme launched by the Chief Minister has evoked a good response from the public, who come up with their problems for an on-the-spot redressal. Started from Pulwama, these public outreach programmes were conducted by the Chief Minister at Kupwara, Budgam, Ramban and Baramulla, during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.