Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir today chaired District Development Board (DDB) meeting of Ganderbal district during which a CAPEX budget of Rs 99.29 crore for the year 2018-19 was approved unanimously.Legislators Mian Altaf, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Ishfaq Jabbar, Yasir Reshi, DC Ganderbal Dr Piyush Singla, heads of various Departments, District and sectoral officers and other concerned attended the meeting.While reviewing the physical and financial achievements made under different sectors during the last financial year, the Minister who is also Chairman DDB Ganderbal, directed the officers and executing agencies to make concerted efforts to accomplish the set targets. He asked them to adopt a pro-active approach for executing the works on various on-going developmental projects in a time-bound manner.During the meeting, the legislators highlighted the issues concerning their constituencies like upgradation of roads, augmentation of PHE, Education and PDD schemes, construction of community assets. Earlier, the meeting was briefed by the DDC about developmental activities carried out during the last fiscal.
He said that out of available plan outlay of Rs 65.68 crore as many as Rs 64.04 crore was spent on various developmental and welfare schemes, thereby marking 97.5% as expenditure.The board also reviewed the status of various mega ongoing projects which include Rs 52 crore District Hospital, Rs 13 crore polytechnic College at Hatbura, construction of DIET building at Nunnar, besides Bus yard at Ganderbal, footbridge at Bamloora Ghat and Shalabugh ghat bridge.The board also took various decisions to resolve public utility issues and fixed timeline for completion of various works, which include shifting of district hospital to its new building by the end of next month.The Chairman directed DDC Ganderbal to make sure that bus yard is made operational at an earliest so that commuters do not feel any inconvenience. He also directed to prepare DPR for deep drain project for Ganderbal town.The Minister also took stock of the progress of various works taken under CM commitments which she had made during her visit last year in a public outreach programme.
Speaking on the occasion Javaid Mustafa Mir asked DDC and concerned officers to always take concerned legislators on board while having plan formation. He urged upon the engineers and executing agencies to speed up the development tempo in the district and ensure the quality of works. He also directed the concerned officers to make efforts to clear the pending liabilities. The Minister also directed the concerned officers to ensure smooth conduct of ensuing Amarnath Yatra.During the meeting, the Minister expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Planning Department for timely releasing of CDF in favour of MLAs.Earlier, the Minister launched the Mobile App " Sakoon" for Disaster Response Fund Disbursement. He was informed that the app will curtail time taken to transfer money into beneficiaries account.A handbook " Aein-e-Rozgar" was also released by the Minister on the occasion. The book is an initiative by District Administration Ganderbal compiled in collaboration with District Employment and Counselling Centre Ganderbal for providing information about self-employment scheme of all departments.