PULWAMA: Governor N N Vohra visited south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday to review the implementation of development works. He was accompanied by his advisor B B Vyas and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan.
Governor had extensive discussions with the elected representatives of the district – Mohammad Khalil Band, MLA Pulwama; Zahoor Ahmad Mir, MLA Pampore; and Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, MLA Tral; and sought their views on developmental problems in the district. Issues relating to youth engagement, education, health, water supply and local industry were among the matters discussed at length.
All the legislators expressed strong interest in the forthcoming polls to municipalities and panchayats. Governor urged them to enlarge awareness about the vital importance of establishing grassroots level democratically elected self-going institutions in the urban and rural areas.
Later, Governor chaired a meeting with divisional and district officers to review the implementation of development activities. G M Dar, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama informed that 74 schemes under different programmes in the district are targeted for completion at an estimated cost of Rs 325.32 crore and the National Saffron Mission, at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore, is under execution for the cultivation of high quality saffron.
Dar informed that the agriculture, horticulture and allied sector export from the district is worth more than Rs 2000 crore per annum which includes apple worth 720 crore, milk worth 700 crore and saffron worth 500 crore. Pulwama is the highest milk producing district with annual production of 290,000 tons and, besides, the largest poultry producing district in the Valley.
Governor directed the Director General Economics and Statistics to urgently undertake an inclusive District Gross Domestic Product Study (DGDP) of Pulwama district and its employment linkages and potentials so that Pulwama’s best practices could be replicated in other districts.
While reviewing the health sector, Governor appreciated the creation of Digital Emergency Response System at District Hospital Pulwama. Based on colour coding with full electronic interface, this platform has been successful in saving 42 out of 47 critical care patients during the last one year. Governor directed DGHS Kashmir to replicate this system in other districts of the State, particularly the remote districts of Doda and Kishtwar.
In addition to the Special Development Plan of Rs two crore, Governor directed release of Rs one crore for the urgent completion of Bus Stand Pulwama, Rs one crore for completion of Mini Secretariat at Tral with Rs 50 lakh for immediate revival of the defunct filtration plants in the district. Further, an untied grant of Rs one crore was given in favour of DDC Pulwama.