KATHUA: Reiterating government’s commitment to strengthen the rural infrastructure to ease out the miseries from the life of common masses, Minister of State for Fisheries, Cooperatives, Finance and Planning Dr Manohar Lal Sharma said that the concept of model village was a key step towards creating and dedicating provisions of better civic facilities in the rural areas.
He was speaking after laying foundation stone of Model village Dungara in Tehsil Billawar today.
Dr Manohar Lal Sharma said present coalition government has laid stress upon the strengthening of key sectors like roads, water and education for the overall prosperity of the rural areas. He said up gradation of schools, expanding of road connectivity, and provisions for safe drinking water were prioritized in these isolated areas to mitigate the problems of the ruralities.
The Minister added that government has taken landmark decisions for the employees by raising the retirement age from 58 to 60 years. He said government has initiated steps to give over 1 Lac jobs within next two years.
Dr Sharma said the model village Dungara will be completed with an estimated cost of 101.85 lakh. The work of which will be executed by Rural Development Department. He said under Model Village concept a number of facilities will be provided in the village which includes Common Facility Centre, Lanes & Drains, Community Centre, Individual Household Latrines, Play Field, Anganwadi Centre and Rural Information Centre.
He assured that their projected demands will be addressed on merit and priority.
Earlier Dr Manohar Lal Sharma inaugurated Additional Three Room Building of Government Middle School, Mandli of Bhaddu Zone, constructed to be an estimated cost of 7.45 Lac under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.
While addressing the gathering Dr Sharma stated that work on 19 school building falling under Education zone Bhaddu is in progress. He added there is steep increase of employment opportunities for the locals literate unemployed youth with the up gradation and opening of new schools at their nearest.
ASP Kathua, SDM Billawar, Dy CEO,ZEO Bhaddu, CPO Fisheries, AD Fisheries and other tehsil and block level officer were present on the occasion.