RAJOURI: Continuing with her public outreach programme, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday visited Rajouri for a two-day tour and convened a public grievances redress camp here. At the camp she listened to demands and complaints of people and in many cases issued on-spot instructions for their redress.
Ministers Choudhary Zulfkar and Abdul Ghani Kohli and legislators of the district were present at the camp.
The majority of people in the deputations that met the chief minister during the day-long camp thanked her for regularising the services of daily wagers, contractual and other ad-hoc employees and granting perks to them at par with regular government employees. They described the step as historic.
Various deputations from the town area demanded repairs and improvement in the Rajouri-Bafliaz stretch of Mughal Road, construction of mini secretariat in the town, completion of survey on Budhal-Shopian road, addressing drinking water scarcity in the town, sewerage treatment plant for the town, and development of parks. They also demanded construction of a warehouse and parking slots for vehicles.
The chief minister announced a release of Rs 50 lakh for construction of a warehouse in the town. She also announced release of funds for developing parks in the town.
A deputation of people from Dongi village demanded improvement and upgrade of the Dongi-Gallian road, establishment of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in the area, and augmentation of power distribution system in the village.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 40 lakh for the upgrade of Dongi-Gallian road and sanctioned 10 more transformers for power distribution in the Dongi area.
Various deputations from Nowshehra sought de-congestion of traffic in the town, and a compensation package for the border residents. The CM announced release of Rs 50 lakh for construction of a by-pass road in Nowshehra town.
A deputation from Draj area demanded construction of a grid station to stabilise power distribution and also augmentation of the existing drinking water facility. The people also sought more facilities in the local health centre and upgrade of the local middle school.
The chief minister announced release of Rs 10 lakh for completing the water supply scheme at Draj.
A deputation from Kalakote sought a survey of fresh mines in the area, to generate more employment for local people.
A deputation of religious scholars sought the establishment of a madrassa board in the state.
A deputation from Kotranka sought the opening of a college in the area, besides tourism promotion, operationalisation of the ITI, and posting of an Additional Deputy Commissioner. They also demanded setting up of a Wrestling Academy at Kotranka, establishment of a fire station, installation of street lights, and opening of a Munsif court at Darhal.
A deputation from Manjakote sought better road connectivity to the area, a degree college, a Munsif court, completing of the remaining portion of the Kakoda-BG road, and completion of the Patrada water supply scheme.
A deputation from Kote Dhara demanded opening of a bank branch in the area and construction of a community hall. They also sought upgrade of schools at Chariyan and Krahad. Another deputation from Shahdara sought improvement of the Shahdara-Thanamandi road and installation of street lights on it. They also sought extension of drinking water facilities to Chawa village.
The CM announced release of Rs 10 lakh for ensuring drinking water supply to Chawa village. She also announced release of Rs 20 lakh each for road project and water supply scheme at Kote Dhara.
Several deputations from Sunderbani demanded removal of encroachments on the hospital road, return of land of resin factory, urgent repairs of the local higher secondary school, construction of restrooms in the town, and a culvert in the Tala Nagara panchayat.
A deputation from Sankhari demanded upgrade of the Palam-Sankhari-Peeri road, opening of a post office at Sankhari, augmentation of drinking water facilities, construction of a community hall, and upgrade of the Tralla school.
The chief minister directed operationalisation of the Barsalla water supply scheme within one month.
Mehbooba Mufti listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day and the camp continued till late in the night.
Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr MK Bhandari, senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Planning Department, heads of several departments, chiefs of many engineering wings, Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, SSP Yougal Manhas, and officers of the district administration were present on the occasion.
The CM has so far conducted such programmes at 13 districts: Pulwama, Anantnag, Kuglam, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Ganderbal in Kashmir Valley and Ramban, Samba, Kathua, Kishtwar and Doda districts in Jammu province, during which hundreds of people have apprised her of their problems and difficulties.