Minister of State for R&B and Revenue Mr. Sunil Sharma today said that the Government is committed to redress the grievances and sufferings of the people living in far flung and backward areas of the State by extending all basic services to their doorsteps in a phased manner.
For the purpose short term and long term planning is being made and a discernable change would be seen on the ground in near future, the Minister told people at a Public Grievance Redressal camp-cum- Public Darbar held at Nagseeni Block of District Kishtwar .
Mr. Sharma said that Government is fully aware about the problems and burning issues of the people in the area and steps are being taken to mitigate them in shortest possible time. He said far reaching reforms are being introduced in all the Departments to improve service delivery expedite development projects. He said that the field functionaries of all the line departments have been directed to work with transparency, accountability and honesty for the benefit and welfare of poor masses.
The Minister also said that Nagseeni Block being close to the District headquarters Kishtwar, is one of the most backward area of the state and all the efforts will be made by the Government to uplift the living conditions of the people in the area. He said lack of quality Education is the main reason for the backwardness of Nagseeni Block and steps are afoot to bring improvements. He also said that for ensuring punctuality in the schools, Government is making a policy for the Bio-metric attendance of the staff.
The Minister also directed Tehsildar Nagseeni to conduct surprise inspections of the schools to ensure punctuality of the staff.
The Minister also reiterated that the Government will root out the menace of corruption from the state for which innovative and public friendly steps have been taken. He said that those officers/ officials who were found indulging in corruption or would be dismissed from services and prosecuted under law.
Regarding the issue of Job Cards, the Minister revealed that no ration card is required for the same and only chowki chullah card from the concerned Chowkidar can enable a person to get a job card. He also revealed that for getting the benefits of Widow and Old age pension scheme of Social Welfare Department the formalities have been decreased and now there is no need of any Medical Certificate and other documents.
“Just a certificate from the concerned Numberdar and Chowkidar is required to avail benefits under the said schemes” he said.
The Minister said that to cope up with the growing unemployment, different hydel power projects are in pipeline and soon the work will be started over the much prestigious Pakul-Dul HEP Project in which thousands of unemployed youth will get employment.
Regarding the issue of LPG Outlet in Nagseeni Block, Minister assured the gathering that the matter will be taken up with the concerned Ministry without any delay. He also revealed that an Agriculture Research Institute, Furniture Manufacturing Industry, District Krishi Vigyan Kendra and Herbal Medicinal Plant Institute for the Nagseeni area are in consideration of the Government. Mr. Sharma also announced that Pullar- Chingnana road will be constructed soon and assured the people that the work on would start this year.
Earlier prominent citizens and sarpanches apprised the Minister about their grievances which include Drinking water shortage in Chergi village, Providing of solar lights in the area, Irrigation canals, Flood protection works, Land protection work over sinking and sliding areas, immediate disbursement of pending wages under MGNREGA, awareness camps through horticulture , agriculture and other allied departments, shifting of Block offices from Kishtwar to Nagseeni, improvement of Bhagna-Bhatan- Dimgi road, payment of land compensation to owners of land acquired for various roads, supply of free timber to the rain and flood affected people, plantation through SFC on the barren land and stretches prone to slides, supply of K-Oil and construction of various sanctioned School buildings.
During the Public Darbar, Naib Sarpanch, Pullar (Sumna Bhata) Mr. Chatar Singh apprised that 150 families of Pullar-Ajnana-Kotna villages have been temporarily shifted to safer places in tented accommodations after due to a major land slide threat. He also informed that 75 families of Village Bhata, 52 families of Lolna ( Galhar Bhata) Village have also been shifted in temporary accommodations (Tents).