Need for timely implementation of board decisions: FCS&CA minister

Need for timely implementation of board decisions: FCS&CA minister
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DDB approves Rs 86.63 cr annual plan for district Shopian

SHOPIAN: The District Development Board (DDB) approved an outlay plan of Rs 86.63 crore for district Shopian. The decision was taken at a board meeting held on Monday.
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Mohammad Ashraf Mir, who is chairman of District Development Board, Shopian chaired the meeting.
The meeting was attended by MP Rajya Sabha Nazir Ahmad Laway, MLA Shopian Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, MLA Wachi Aijaz Ahmad Mir, MLC Zaffar Iqbal, MLC Showkat Hussain, DDC Shopian GazanfarAli, heads of departments, chief engineers and all district officers besides other concerned officers.
According to an official release, the chairman said Shopian would continue to receive focussed attention” in the field of development and social security. He said the horticulture, tourism and other important sectors upon which the economy of the district as well as of the state depends would be “prioritised for focussed funding and development”.
Mir said, “Prioritised focus is being given on boosting horticulture and tourism sectors in the state and measures are afoot to improve economy of Shopian district by focussed funding of projects under these sectors.”
He directed the DDC to personally monitor ongoing development projects in the district and take measures for removal of bottlenecks, if any, for timely completion of the projects. He called upon officers to work with added zeal and enthusiasm to serve the people, the release read.
The minister also asked the district development commissioner (DDC) to hold regular meetings to assess the implementation of the developmental and welfare schemes adding that the officers concerned will be made accountable for their work.
He also directed HODs to conduct frequent field visits to monitor the quality and pace of developmental works.
The chairman also assured the legislators that all their grievances and demands would be given due priority. The chairman said that all the suggestions made by the MLAs would also be taken care of by provisional heads and directed the officers that “every plan should be finalised in consultation with the legislators”.
The chairman also recommended including Shopian district under the category of Special Area Development Fund.
District Development Commissioner, Shopian, Gazanfar Ali highlighted the achievements made under various sectors in the district.
“Against the availability of 6190.13 Lacs, Capex Budget 2017-18, 6092.41 lacs have been expenditure ending March 2018 which amounts to 98.42%,” it read.
With regard to Roads and Buildings sector, developmental works worth Rs 1490.45 lacs have been carried out in the fiscal 2017-18, which among others included completion of two Bridges at Vishroo and Reban at an estimated cost of Rs. 364.35 lacs & Rs 325.00 lacs, respectively and 5 school buildings at Kaprin, Vehil, Nowgam, Nazneenpora and Nadigam under RMSA with financial involvement of Rs 236.59 lacs each have also been completed. Further 10 Road projects with Project Cost of Rs 1646.01 lacs taken up under Capex Budget (Regular Schemes), the release further read.
Major projects taken by R&B Sector include Bijbehara-Shopian Road at an estimated cost of Rs 4893.00 lacs with total road length of 25 Kms, Reshnagri Bridge under NABARD at an approximate revised cost of Rs 2350.00 lacs, Pampore-Shopian Road at an estimated cost of Rs 130.00 lacs, Rebbon Bridge at an estimated cost Rs 325.00 lac, Zainapora Bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 398.96 lacs, Batpora Bailey Bridge at an estimated cost of Rs 696.68 lacs, 8 Roomed Lecture Hall at GDC at an estimated cost of Rs 535.62 lacs, Lecture Hall with Library at GDC Spnat an estimated cost of Rs 698.48 lacs , Gujjar & Bakarwal Hostel at Shirmal Shopian costing Rs 325.00 lacs, the release added.