Sustainable assets to be created under convergence programme: Abdul Haq

‘110 foot-bridges to be constructed in Udhampur’

UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 24: The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr Abdul Haq today said that under the new concept of convergence of funds, sustainable assets are being created under MGNREGA in the rural areas of the State instead of resorting to futile works on political considerations.

He also called for utilizing funds under convergence scheme for completion of long pending works before taking up new projects.

The Minister said under this programme 156 works including 110 foot-bridges are being taken up by the Rural Development Department in Udhampur and Jammu at a cost of Rs 48 crore.

The Minister said this at a function organized in connection with the foundation laying ceremony of a bridge at Panchayat Hartyan in district Udhampur. The bridge is being constructed as a part of the project Rahat.

He said 110 bridges are being constructed in Jammu and Udhampur under convergence of funds from MGNREGA with DIF, Untied Grants, CSR, MPLADS, MLA-CDF, SCA and other sources of funding.

Haq said convergence initiative with MNREGA will not only ensure speedier execution of works but will also ensure that the works which were started some 10 years back will finally see the light of the day.

The Minister approved an amount Rs 11 crore under MGNREGA for Jammu district which will provide Viability Gap Funding to an expenditure of nearly Rs 37 crore being incurred by Horticulture, Sericulture, Education, Forest, Rural Development, ICDS, IWMP, PWD(R&B) and Irrigation & Flood Control departments under different Centrally and State sponsored Schemes.

The Minister said the government is committed to give Rahat to the people especially students. He said under the scheme 110 foot bridges will be constructed this year to connect schools, remote hamlets, livestock routes, ration supply lines and other unconnected habitations in the Udhampur district.

Haq said the construction of these foot bridges will be a boon for more than 20,000 students of 150 schools in the district besides benefitting a population of more than 1.60 lakh souls. He assured financial support to the project from Rural Development Department.

The Minister also inaugurated up-gradation of Fruit Plant Nursery at Garhi, Mishriwala and development of playfield at Higher Secondary School, Sunjwan under convergence programme.

Elaborating on the initiative, the Minister informed that RDD will provide Rs 34 lakh to support the Horticulture in modernizing 11 Fruit Plant nurseries. Rs 4 lakh will be provided under MGNREGA to bring 100 kanals of area under Mulberry plantation thereby supporting the efforts of Sericulture department, he added.

Minister also said the department will provide an assistance of Rs 58 lakh to the Education Department to complete 23 incomplete works while Rs 48 lakh will be given to R&B Department to provide longevity and sustenance to its nine Roads and Bridges.

Minister said the convergence of funds to complete works in other departments will be a model for other districts for just utilization of funds for various scheme. “The funds were getting misused earlier. But now we will build assets in villages under these schemes and won’t allow misuse of the funds,” he added.

The Minister asked for circulation of Jammu’s convergence plan document to all the other districts of the state for replication.

“People come up with proposals of protection bunds, paths etc. forget these small works. Let’s do some useful works for the society and create assets in our locality,” he said.

The Minister stressed on the people to act as watchdogs by keeping eye on the developmental works.

He lauded the efforts of district authorities in Jammu and officers of Rural Development Department for coming forward in creating assets under the convergence mode.

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