SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra on Thursday visited the frontier district of Kupwara to review the pace of developmental works in the district.
According to a statement, which reads he held a detailed interaction with the elected representatives – MPs, MLAs and MLCs. During their interactions with the Governor, the elected representatives raised several issues of public importance, most of which related to scarcity of drinking water in the district, long delays in starting works under centrally sponsored schemes of the Power Development Department, liabilities under MGNREGA and Swach Bharat Mission and the need to expeditiously complete several long-languishing projects.
It further said that the Legislators requested Governor to issue instructions to all the field functionaries to accelerate the pace of development works so that the public at large could be benefitted.
The statement said that he took special note of water scarcity raised by a number of Legislators. On being informed that nearly 50% habitations in the district suffered from some inadequacy of water, he directed the District Development Commissioner, Khalid Jahangir, to urgently identify water availability in the district and propose schemes to fully cover all uncovered or insufficiently covered habitations. He also advised the District Development Commissioner to make use of the additional allocation provided under NABARD loan this year to propose critical projects to enhance water supply so that the pressing demands could be immediately addressed.
It reads that Vohra later chaired a meeting of state, Divisional and District officers in which he reviewed the progress of all development works in the district. The District Development Commissioner made a presentation in which he highlighted the progress achieved in the past year and the targets fixed for the current year. He informed the meeting that while over 200 Km of linear road length had been blacktopped in the previous year, in the current year, a total of 28 large road projects costing over Rs.200 crores were at various stages of execution in the district.
While reviewing the progress of MGNREGA, Vohra noted that activity under the scheme had been used for completing 37 playfields last year and 57 playfields were in progress in the current year. He directed DDC to draw up a cogent action plan to ensure that available resources were effectively utilized for water conservation and to develop playfields in every village, a statement said.
Vohra also ordered the Commissioner Planning Department to release an additional Rs 5 crore to the DDC including Rs 100 crore to be used by DDC as an untied grant, for accelerating and completing the ongoing works. He directed DDC to urgently monitor the progress of all ongoing works and send monthly progress reports to the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department. Regarding the languishing projects in the district Governor directed the Planning Department to urgently propose what best could be done to accelerate execution of these works and directed the Deputy Commissioner to ensure that all staff, including field staff, strictly attended to their duties and action is initiated against all cases of absenteeism.