JAMMU: Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Wednesday directed horticulture officers to ensure that the funds earmarked for horticulture and the schemes meant for this ‘vital’ sector were properly utilised and implemented so that the benefit of these percolates to the targeted areas resulting in increase of horticulture produce besides economic emancipation of the people related with it.
The minister was addressing officers during a review meeting convened to discuss utilisation of funds during the current financial year, an official handout read.
Vice Chairman, State Horticulture Board, Abdul Salam Reshi, Secretary Horticulture Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, and other senior officers of the department were also present.
Director Horticulture Kashmir who is also the Mission Director for MIDH (Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture) attended the meeting through video conference.
According to the handout, the minister stressed that the funds released so far by the Planning Department or by the Government of India under different schemes should be utilised judiciously and strict instructions already stood issued that there shall be no lapse of funds. All genuine payments pending, if any, must be cleared immediately as per norms, he added.
Basharat Bukhari also had an interaction with traders related to horticulture sector through video conferencing. They put forth their views and the problems faced by them.
The minister directed the horticulture director to “examine the issues of horticulturists immediately” so that they might not feel any inconvenience. “We have to ensure that they do not face any hardships as the sector is one of the mainstays of the state’s economy,” he added.