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Annual plan of Rs 89.32 crore approved for Samba district

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SAMBA, MAY 21:  The District Development Board Samba that met here today under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh approved an annual plan of Rs. 89.32 crore for carrying out various developmental works in the district during the year 2016-17.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries and Commerce  Chander Parkash Ganga, Member Parliament, Jugal Kishore Sharma ,Chairperson Social Welfare Board Nirmal Gupta, Vice Chairman J&K State Advisory Board for development of Scheduled Castes, Bhushan Lal Dogra, Vice Chairman J&K Advisory board for Development of Kissans, DS Chib, MLA Samba  Devinder Kumar Manyal, MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Raj, MLCs  Noor Hussain and Sham Lal, Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal HOD's and  officers of district administration .

Pitching for formulation of area specific plans, Dy. CM asked the officers to include meticulous details and keep in view the topography and other related aspects of a particular area to meet the developmental needs of the people.

He also called for involving the concerned MLAs while chalking out developmental plans in their respective constituencies.

Underlining the need for optimal utilization of funds, the Deputy Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that utilization certificates for works done under the centrally sponsored schemes are submitted in time.

He also laid special emphasis on taking concerted efforts to make the district 100% defecation free, while directing for formulation of comprehensive plans for irrigation sector to meet the irrigation needs of kandi areas of the district.

The Dy CM while stressing on adherence to the fixed timelines for completion of various developmental projects, said that people have pinned great hopes on government and every effort would be made to meet their aspirations and provide them best of amenities.

Underscoring the importance of implementation of all DDB decisions in letter and spirit, the Dy CM directed the concerned officers to ensure that benefit of the same percolate down to grass roots. He emphatically said that proper implementation of decisions taken in DDB's should be priority of the concerned officers, for which he said that an effective monitoring mechanism will be put in place.

While expressing satisfaction over utilization of funds under district plan during previous financial year, Deputy CM stressed for focusing on the difference between plan outlay and actual availability of funds under district plan. He also emphasized on generating mass awareness regarding centrally sponsored schemes especially in rural areas so that benefits of the schemes percolate down to the grassroot level.

Member Parliament Jugal Kishore while speaking on the occasion raised various issues which also include sports stadium at Birpur, flyover at Chichi Mata temple, approach road to Central University etc.

MLA Samba also raised various demands and issues of public importance like completion of pending works of lanes and drains, construction of auditorium at Samba, augmentation of power and water supply system, clearance of liabilities under SDRF, installation of digital X-Ray machine at District Hospital Samba, Handicrafts centre in the district and creation of assets for growth of local economy.   

MLA Hiranagar also raised issues of public importance and sought adequate funding for the projects aimed at improving basic amenities.

Earlier District Development Commissioner Samba Sheetal Nanda while gave a power point presentation on physical and financial achievements under different sectors in the district during 2015-16. She apprised the board that against an availability of Rs 61.43 crore, an expenditure of about 96% was achieved. She said out of 2,086 works taken up 1,728 were completed during the last financial year.

It was also informed that against an availability of funds to the tune of Rs. 14.00 crore an expenditure of 98% was achieved under MGNREGA. She further informed that under IAY an expenditure of 93.61% was achieved by Rural Development Department in the district during the previous year. It was also given out that under MGNREGA, 29813 job seekers were registered and 894 works were completed during the year 2015-16. 

The meeting was also informed that against an availability of Rs 3.02 crore an expenditure of 99.95% was achieved under Swach Bharat Mission and 100% expenditure was registered in PHE sector during the past year.

She also apprised that single window system has been introduced at the offices of DC, SDM and Tehsildar in the district to ensure prompt and hassle free delivery of public services. She said that an online mechanism has been put in place for issuance of PRCs on pilot basis to make the process people friendly and time bound.



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