‘Justice to all forms benchmark of govt’
JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 27 – In an attempt to reach out people of rural and far-flung areas and address their problems at their doorsteps, Minister for Social Welfare, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Bali Bhagat inspected status of various development projects and reviewed implementation of State and Central welfare programmes during his extensive tour of his home constituency.
The Minister also addressed series of public meeting at villages Hakkal and Khandwal and also listened to the demands of local deputations during his tour.
Mr. Bali said that during last six months unprecedented development has been witnessed in the state. He said that during this small period several projects pertaining in PHE, Irrigation, education, health, power and R&B sectors have been taken in hand and some development projects is near about completion. He asked the executive agencies to make optimum use of funds and complete the projects in a time bound manner. He said that further development of rural and far-flung areas was on the top priority in the development agenda of the Government.
On the occasion, the Minister said that the government had launched Ladli Beti Scheme for new born girl child from April this year. Under the scheme, a contribution of Rs.1000 per month will be made by the Government for the next 14 years in favour of girl child and on reaching the age of 21 years, she would receive around Rs.6.5 lakh. He said that that the scheme will be application on pilot basic in six districts of the state which included Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Budgam, Pulwama and Anantnag, exhibiting low and declining child sex ratio so as the create a positive disposition towards the girl child.
The Minister said that peace and progress with thrust on execution of economic activities and job opportunities is the main focus of the government. We are washing in freedom to mitigate difficulties of people and strengthen peace and stability in the state. He also said that younger generation is distancing itself from their culture and traditions and getting attracted toward the westernization, which is harmful for the society. He said the need of the hour is to promote traditional cultural values to keep the younger generation connected with their roots.
Bali also called for attitudinal change in the mind set of people to protect the right of women folk in the society so that they can contribute in the socio-economic development of state without any fear and stress.
The Minster also sought people’s support to eradicate corruption and other social evils from the society. He cautioned the people to be more vigilant and take a fresh pledge to root out this evil which is eating the vitals of the society.
Meanwhile, the local people putforth certain demands and problems including upgradation of power, PHE supply, provision of electric poles and wire, old age pension scheme, IAY case, blacktop of link roads, protection wall of cremation ground and transformer etc.
The minister assured to accommodate the demands of the people in a phased manner. He also announced Rs. one lakh for leveling of cremation ground under CDF.