JAMMU: Describing creation of new administrative units in Jammu and Kashmir as a futuristic measure to revamp the administrative apparatus and to ensure inclusive development at the grass roots level, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Choudhry Mohammed Ramzan and Provincial President National Conference Mr Devender Singh Rana on Monday lauded the decisive role of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in getting this historic initiative through after braving many odds.
“This is the single most landmark achievement after the historic land to tiller law enacted by Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah that has infused a new vigour and enthusiasm among the people, irrespective of their regional or political affiliations”, the two leaders said while addressing a large number of people, belonging to various areas of the state, who had assembled at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan for periodical public hearing this morning.
The Minister said the initiative will greatly help the people of far-off places in getting their administrative matters sorted out at their door steps. While Nayabat, Tehsils and Sub Divisions will go a long way in streamlining administration, especially the revenue records, the establishment of blocks will give impetus to developmental scenario with funding under various centrally sponsored schemes getting manifold increase.
Referring to public distribution system, the Minister indicated setting up of government ration depots in J&K by dispensing with the prevailing dealer system for maximum consumer satisfaction. He said ways and modalities in this regard are being worked out, which include rehabilitation of the dealers and streamlining the distribution system.
He said efforts are underway to ensure the coverage of entire population under rationing in a phased manner. As of now 99 lakh souls are getting the rations while the government is contemplating to cover another 10 lakhs by utilizing the savings on account of transportation of the food grains. He said the state government has taken up with the Centre the issue regarding covering of different segments of the society under rationing and a favourable decision is expected soon.
Mr Ramzan also gave an overview of the transport sector, saying the government undertaking has just two per cent presence in the overall passenger transport segment in the State. He said the revenue of the State Road Transport Corporation is likely to increase from Rs 38 crore last fiscal to Rso 90 crores so far this financial year, even though no vehicle has been added to the fleet. The increased revenue, he said will enable the Corporation to add up new vehicles in its fleet so as to meet the public requirements.
The Minister said the SRTC has worked out an arrangement with Northern Railways under which its buses will ply between the connected railway stations of Katra and Banihal so that the visiting tourists and the people are saved of inconvenience. The bus fare will form part of the railway fare, he added.
Addressing the people, the Provincial President elaborated on the creation of administrative units, saying these will meet the requirements of the people in various areas for another six decades. “This is a major package by the Chief Minister to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which reflects his desire to take administration at doorsteps of its residents”, he said and referred to the jubilation among the people in the length and breadth of the state.
Mr Rana referred to the political developments taking place on this issue during the past few days and expressed satisfaction over its amicable resolution as per the aspirations of people.
Deputations from Kathua, Billawar, Udhampur, Kupwara, Dansal, Rajouri besides deputation of SRTC employees union and Gujjar and Bakerwals also met the Minister. They apprised him about their collective and individual problems.
Among others, Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Jugal Mahajan, Chander Mohan Sharma, Vipan Pal Sharma, Dhyan Chand, Romy Khajuria, Vijay Lakshmi Dutta, Ramparshotam Sharma, Ch. Haroon, Rohit Bali were present on the occasion.