SAMBA: Continuing with her Public Outreach programme, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday convened a grievances redressal camp here.
During the camp, the Chief Minister listened to scores of deputations who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought their redressal.
Minister for Industries & Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga; Vice Chairman, OBC Board, Rashpal Verma; legislators, Devinder Manyal and Kuldeep Raj were present in the meeting.
The demands put forth by the deputations during the day long public outreach programme pertained to construction of flyover in Samba and Vijaypur towns, establishment of a women’s college in the district, early release of funds for the welfare schemes of SC and ST people, tackling the ill effects of pesticide industries and other forms of industrial pollution, an employment drive for the border people besides other incentives for them, construction of overhead bridges on the Railway line and strengthening of the district hospital. The other issues raised included payment and rent enhancement of the land under the occupation of Army and other para military forces,
The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 10 lacs for upgradation of the Bar library. She also directed exploring the possibility of construction of an auditorium in the town.
She directed release of Rs. 20 lacs for the upgradation of District library in the Samba fort besides other conservation activities at the fort.
Deputations of various political parties demanded pacing up of work on the AIIMS at Vijaypur, augmentation of drinking water facilities in the town and kandi belt, construction of over bridge at various crossings on the Railway line, development of road through Phase-I and II, rotation of reserved constituencies, strengthening of the local hospital and enhancement of space at the local Higher Secondary School.
Mehbooba Mufti directed release of Rs. 50 lacs for construction of additional accommodation at the local Higher Secondary school. She also directed release of Rs. 25 lacs for setting up a transformer buffer in the district. She also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Samba to submit a list of crossings on the Railway line where the over bridges are sought to be constructed. She also directed release of Rs. 15 lacs for improving the X-ray facilities in the District hospital.
The Chief Minister directed release of Rs. 20 lacs for starting construction of IT College at Ismailpur.
Various deputations of Gujjar Bakerwal community demanded connectivity to ST habitations in the district like Badakhad to Shahtalab, Sumb to Chinori, Barjani Talab to Upper Meem Sarkar and other road stretches. They also sought establishment of model ST villages, development of playfields and augmentation of drinking water facilities in their localities.
Mehbooba Mufti directed release of Rs. 40 lacs for improving the power distribution system in Keem and other adjoining villages. She also directed release of Rs. 25 lacs for restoring power distribution network in the Pakhdi area and Rs. 50 lacs for establishment of a receiving station at Nud.
A deputation from Chammb sought payment and enhancement of compensation for their land under the occupation of Army and other security agencies. They demanded devising a special recruitment drive for the residents of border areas besides other incentives for the people living in border areas.
The Chief Minister listened to the demands of the deputations and in many of the cases Mehbooba Mufti gave on spot directions for the redressal of the grievances which was hailed by the deputationists.
This is the second public outreach programme of the Chief Minister in the Jammu province. Earlier, she conducted a similar public outreach programme at Ramban.
The public outreach programmes launched by the Chief Minister have evoked an interesting response from the public who come up with their problems for an on the spot redressal.
So far Mehbooba Mufti has conducted such programmes at Pulwama, Kupwara, Budgam, and Baramulla in Kashmir Valley during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.
The deputations in general thanked the Chief Minister for reaching out to people to know their developmental needs and addressing them on spot.