SRINAGAR: Expressing his dismay over the growing trend of encroachments, the Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Thursday said society needs to extend its support to the government in putting an immediate halt to the menace.
“He these views during the weekly public durbar held here at Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, where more than 40 public delegations and individuals apprised him with the problems faced by them,” an official government press release stated.
Responding to a complaint submitted by the deputation from Seer, Hamdan Anantnag regarding encroachment of Khuls in their area, the Advisor said the administration expresses its concern and “regret” about the tendency of a few, who for their petty gains encroach upon such public assets which have been created at a greater cost for the service and welfare of the people.
Ganai said it is important that this trend is stopped immediately. He said for this, society needs to come forward and offer their support to government by reporting such instances on their onset. He added people should also volunteer to remove such encroachments on public assets as the laxity by responsible citizens will only result in shrinking of our own natural resources.
Warning the culprits to remove the encroachments themselves or face the action, the Advisor said the authorities will come down with a heavy hand on the encroachers if they fail to abide by the law.
The Advisor Ganai directed the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and Superintending Engineer, Irrigation Anantnag to immediately start a drive for the removal of encroachment on irrigation khuls.
The deputation also highlighted various developmental issues including macadamization of roads, especially Seer-Brah road, and water supply.
Another deputation from parents of BSc Nursing students, South Campus Anantnag of Kashmir University (KU) complained about the exuberant fee that they said the University is charging their wards.
They informed the Advisor that the KU authorities have suggested that would not be able to do so unless State Government provides them financial assistance in this regard, informed the deputation.
The Advisor taking serious note of the suggestions given by KU decided that he will take up the matter with the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the University.
Another deputation of unemployed engineers from Poonch complained against the implementation of MGNEGRGA in the district.
The deputation alleged that the unemployed youth of the Poonch district are being neglected by Rural Development Department, which according to them is providing all the benefits to the unqualified and ineligible people through back door entries, while as the qualified are being barred from getting their due.
Taking immediate cognizance of the allegations, the Advisor ordered an enquiry by the DG Rural Development Department Jammu, along with the directions to enquire and submit a representation within two weeks.