Govt approves Rs 5 cr special package to improve power supply: Sadhotra


JAMMU: In view of frequent damages to transformers, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has approved a special package of Rs. 5 crore for Jammu division to get these replaced or repaired on priority basis.
“This step has been taken to combat the problem and provide respite to consumers”, Sadhotra said while chairing an officers meeting held here on Tuesday to assess the status of power and water supply, irrigation facilities, position of fertilizers, sanitation, ration supply and related issues.
“Any problem in power supply badly affects the supply of water and irrigation facilities thus putting the people to grave hardships”, the Minister maintained.
Expressing concern over dissatisfaction among the people over frequent unscheduled power curtailments, the Minister asked the Chief Engineer, PDD Shahnaz Goni to keep round the clock monitoring on the status of power supply in the division. He asked her to devise an effective mechanism to further streamline the position of power supply. He also impressed upon to gear up the field functionaries and related wings to get proper feedback about the status of power scenario particularly in rural and peripheral areas of the region so that prompt response is ensured accordingly.
The Minister took stock of irrigation facilities in the division and asked the officers to make sure that regular flow of irrigation services is made available to the people especially at the tail ends in view of paddy season.
Taking review of the supply of essential commodities with the Director, CAPD G.S.Chib, the Minister stressed upon the need to streamline the ration supply in rural and far off areas. He asked for further intensifying efforts of keeping a strong vigil over prices of essentials. He was informed that special squads are actively working in this regard and about 8206 establishments have been inspected realizing an amount of Rs. 5.50 lakh as fine during last year. Besides, the squads have checked 270 premises realizing Rs. 1.96 lakh as fine during first three months of this year.
Referring to possibilities of spread of Dengue and malaria, the Minister asked the JMC and Health department to work in tandem and take precautionary measures in vulnerable areas to combat the disease. He also impressed upon the need of raising awareness among the people about the preventive measures besides equipping the hospitals in rural and peripheral areas with necessary manpower and medicines.
The Minister was informed that adequate stock of fertilizers has been dumped to meet the requirement of farmers of the division. He was apprised that about 7000 quintals of Urea and 5000 quintals of DAP besides sufficient stock of seeds is available with the department.
Among others present were IGP, Jammu, Rajesh Kumar, VC JDA, Sushma Chouhan, Commissioner, JMC, Kiran Wattal, Special Secretary Summer Secretariat, Reva Kumari, Additional Commissioner, Rehana Batloo, Director School Education Tushar Kanti Sharma, Joint Director Information, Smita Sethi, Deputy Director Health, Deputy Director Agriculture, and senior officers from different departments.

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