Unfurls National Flag at Poonch; ‘Phase-II of Baglihar Hydel Power Project to be commissioned soon’
Jammu and Kashmir News
POONCH, AUGUST 15: The Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Parks & Gardens, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of 69th Independence Day at Sports Stadium Poonch here today and took salute at an impressive march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, NCC, Band of 93 Infantry Brigade, QRT Commandos and students of various educational institutions of the district.
Altaf Bukhari said that process of upgrading schools into Model Schools has been started across the state aimed to make available modern facilities for the students while two engineering colleges are being set up in Jammu and Srinagar apart from establishing medical colleges at Rajouri, Kathua, Baramulla and Anantnag.
The Minister said that a plan of Rs 400 crore has been framed for flood management and natural disasters while World Bank has approved Rs 1500 crore for reconstruction of infrastructure damaged during September 2014 floods, he added.
Syed Altaf said that Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is personally taking interest in the development of far-flung, hilly and economically backward districts including Poonch district. He said a massive development plan is being implemented in district Poonch for improving the socio-economic condition of the people. He said work on Sher-e-Kashmir bridge, damaged in floods, has been accelerated and will be thrown open within next four months while under NABARD and PMGSY more roads are being constructed and upgraded in the district. He said Buffliaz-Surankote and Buffliaz-Rajouri road being handled by GREF will be repaired shortly.
The Minister said that the Annual Plan of the district has been increased to Rs 173 crore which is higher than previous financial year. He said this will ensure adequate development of the district which could not get due resources for years.
Seeking sport from the people for taking forward the development programme started in the district, the Minister said that time will show them a perceptible change on ground. He said his nomination as Chairman of District Development Board of the district is aimed to increase road connectivity apart from ensuring holistic development of other sectors. He said road connectivity is primary requirement for development.
Bukhari also lauded communal harmony and brotherhood maintained by the people of Poonch and hoped that this pluralistic tradition will further flourish and thrive.
On the occasion, students of various educational institutions presented a colorful cultural programme which was highly appreciated by the jam-packed audience. Besides, District Information Centre Poonch presented a group song on the occasion highlighting the local culture. Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Shafiq Ahmed Choudhary was also honoured on the occasion.
Later, Minister distributed prizes among the best adjudged march past contingents and institutions for presenting cultural programme.
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