Kulgam: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday reached here on a two day visit to convene a grievances redressal camp.
During the camp, which is part of her Public Outreach programme, the Chief Minister listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought their redressal.
Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo; MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway; legislators and ex legislators of the district were present on the occasion.
The deputations in general thanked the Chief Minister for reaching out to people to know their developmental needs and addressing them on spot.
The demands put forth by the deputations during the day long public outreach programme today included rationalisation of administrative units in the district, construction of protection bunds on nallah Vaishow, opening of fire service stations, augmentation of drinking water schemes and strengthening of road network and health facilities in the district.
A deputation of members of civil society from Kulgam demanded upgradation of library in the town, upgradation of Middle School Chawalgam to High School, arrangements for civil services coaching for the youth during winters, introduction of more trades at the local ITI, upgradation and widening of Wanpoh-Chawalgam-Ahrabal, Chawalgam-Sangas and Tamil Okey-Chawalgam roads and introduction of agro-tourism in some product specific villages.
The Chief Minister directed installation of street lights in Kugam town by the end of December for which she asked the Deputy Commissioner to monitor, and introduction of some more streams at the local ITI.
She also announced release of Rs. Five lac for upgrading the local library and construction of an auditorium and Slaughter House in the town.
Several deputations from Kund area demanded upgradation of High School, Waltengoo, carving out of zones of Horticulture, Agriculture and Education Departments, construction of Hakradan-Kanchloo, Batpora-Kraloo and Waripora-Chattergam bridges and widening of Y K Pora-Wasikhnag and Ruzulu-Chattergam-Nuboo roads. They also demanded shifting of maintenance of Ruzulu-Laad canal to PMKSY. They sought completion of Panzgam Naar, Kachloo water supply scheme at the earliest.
The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 30 lac for completion of Water Supply Scheme, Panzgam Naar and directed its operationalization by January end. She also announced release of Rs. 30 lacs for strengthening Water Supply Scheme, Ruzulu, Kund. She also announced release of Rs. 10 lacs for completing works on the road project from Hazrat Syed Soleh (R.A.) to Mashkund.
Several deputations from Devsar demanded construction of protection bunds along nallah Vaishow to protect the adjoining villages from floods. They also sought stabilisation and maintenance of Maav, Noorabad, Mehndi and other canals in the area and operationalization of lift irrigation scheme, Devsar besides opening of a fire service station in the town.
They demanded macadamisation of roads in Devsar town besides upgradation of Agroo-Waril-Weerinar road.
The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 50 lac for the early completion of Peth Devsar lift irrigation scheme.
She also announced release of Rs. 10 lacs each for developing playfields at Kellam and Devsar. She also directed early completion of work on the Ashmuji bridge.
A deputation of people from Qaimoh demanded construction of a stadium in the town, opening of a fire station and cleaning and improvement of springs around the shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Noor ud Din Wali (R.A.).
The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 10 lacs for carrying out the cleaning and improvement of springs near the shrine.
A deputation of fruit growers of the district also met the Chief Minister and sought establishment of a C A store and truck terminal near the local fruit mandi.
A deputation of residents of Gujjar areas raised construction and upgradation of Y K Pora-Nagrus and Sofat-Mashkud-Masnad-Devsar roads, establishment of CAPD sales outlets in Gujjar habitations, establishment of a Sheep Centre at Ruzulu and other issues.
Several deputations from Noorabad and Damhal Hanjipora areas also met the Chief Minister and projected their demands.they demanded opening up of a Tehsil Social Welfare office, funds for street lights in DH Pora and Manzgam, improvement of facilities at the local college, electrification of left over areas and augmentation of health facilities in the areas.
The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 10 lacs for installing street lights in Damhal Hanjpora and Mazgam towns. She also announced release of Rs. 13 lacs for buying a bus for the local college and Rs. Seven lacs for enabling availability of an ambulance at the Damhal Hanjipora hospital.
A deputation of members of Bar Association demanded construction of more chambers for lawyers, setting up the court of Additional District Judge, space for setting up more courts and upgradation of the Bar library.
The Chief Minister announced gradation of the Bar library. She also directed exploring the possibility of construction of an auditorium in the town.
Many other deputations from all the areas of the District also met the Chief Minister and sought redressal of their issues.
The Chief Minister listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day and it continued till late in the night. In many of the cases Mehbooba Mufti gave on spot directions for the redressal of the grievances which was hailed by the deputationists.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner-Secretary, PDD/Urbal Development Department; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; senior officers from the Planning Department; heads of several Departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings; DIG, SKR, S P Pani; Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Talat Parvez; SSP, Shridhar Patil and officers of District administration were present on the occasion.
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, Anantnag, Kupwara, Budgam and Baramulla in Kashmir Valley and Ramban, Samba and Kathua districts in Jammu province during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.