In a major decision aimed at decongesting Anantnag town from ever-increasing vehicular traffic, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today sanctioned Rs. 9.51 crore for immediate construction of Bypass Road from Mehndikadal to Ashajipora.
Emphasizing upon improving the quality of education in the Government institutions so that they become institutes of excellence, Mufti Sayeed announced introduction of biometric system of attendance to ensure punctuality among students and teachers, continuous evaluation system and setting up of smart rooms through e-learning. He also asked Director School Education to assess the requirement of four boys and girls higher secondary schools at Ranibagh, Brakpora and Bijehara for their up-gradation to the level of Model Schools.
The Chief Minister also passed directions for rationalizing the staff, upgrading science and computer laboratories as well as developing skills of students in spoken English.
During his visit to Women’s Degree College, Anantnag, Mufti Sayeed inspected the college premises, including the playground, and asked the Principal to promote sporting activities in a big way by organizing inter-college competitions in popular sports disciplines.
At Boys’ Degree College, Khanabal, the Principal of the College handed over a cheque of Rs. 1,33,350 towards the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund.
While visiting Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Ranibagh, Mufti Sayeed praised the skill of students in exquisite craft work in making of bags, gift packs and apparels. He stressed upon the Principal to inculcate among students advantages of vocational training and extra-curricular activities.
During his visit to Ranibagh Garden, the Chief Minister issued directions to Minister for Floriculture, Gardens and Parks to merge the historic garden with Sher Bagh so that it is developed as a major tourist attraction. He also asked Chief Engineer R&B to macadamize the road leading to Ranibagh. Director Tourism Kashmir was asked to ensure illumination of the garden premises.
While visiting Dara Shikoh Bagh at Bijbehara, Mufti Sayeed called upon Director Tourism to spruce up the lawns exquisitely so that it becomes main source of recreation for tourists and locals.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the Government District Hospital, Anantnag, where he was briefed about the functioning of the newly-constructed additional blocks by the CMO. He issued directions for immediately drawing up a list of high-tech machines and requirement of consultants so that patients don’t have to go to tertiary hospitals like SKIMS for advanced treatment and referrals.
The Chief Minister also visited Maternity and Childcare and Rehmat-e-Alam Hospitals during his tour. For Rehmat-e-Alam Hospital, he said he will soon call a meeting to explore its taking up as an institute of advanced medical treatment.
During his visit to Ziarat Sharief, Resham Saheb and Kabba Marg, Mufti Sayeed issued directions to Director Tourism, Kashmir, and Chief Engineer, R&B to prepare detailed plans for constructing separate washrooms and lavatory blocks for women pilgrims as well as renovating the wazu khanas. He also paid a visit to Nagbal Prabandhak Committee, Indernag, where he asked Director Tourism, Kashmir, to develop the Yatri Khana to facilitate the devotees.
The Chief Minister also inspected a few sites during his tour for setting up of the proposed Medical College at Anantnag.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Gazzanfar Hussain, IGP Kashmir, SMJ Geelani, DIGs of SKR and Traffic Police, Director Tourism, Kashmir & MD JKTDC, Director Colleges, Director School Education, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag and Chief Engineers of I&FC & R&B, besides several other senior officers were also present on the occasion.
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