Timely holding of DDB meetings, release of funds will spur dev tempo: Mufti; Calls for full utilization of Rs.6000 cr kitty under CSSs this fiscal

Jammu and Kashmir News

JAMMU, AUGUST 10: Asking the administration to ensure spending in full the kitty of Rs.6000 crore under Centrally-Sponsored Schemes (CSSs), Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today said that timely holding of District Development Board (DDBs) meetings and release of adequate funds by the Planning Department has set the tone for building tempo of developmental activities and achievement of fixed timelines.

He said replacement of Planning Commission by NITI Aayog and acceptance of the 14th Finance Commission Award will have long-term implications for the planning process in the State. “We have to ensure that the state share is released and UCs submitted on time so that there are no last-minute hiccups in the implementation of the Central Schemes,” he stressed.

Mufti Sayeed who also holds the charge of Planning Department passed these directions while chairing a high-level meeting here today to review the developmental projects and overall security scenario in Jammu Division.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, was also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister, while reviewing progress of work on Jammu Cable Car and Tawi Lake Projects, Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, Sidhra Golf Course, Shopping Malls and Parking Lots at Panjtirthi and Jammu Bus Stand and Bikram Chowk-Presentation Convent Flyover, also laid stress on time-bound completion of all these projects.

On the issue of construction of multi-tier parking lots and shopping mall at Panjtirthi and Jammu Bus-stand and finalization of sites for the sanctioned medical colleges, the Chief Minister was informed that these were in final stages and work on these projects will commence soon.

The Deputy Chief Minister, in his remarks, emphasized upon making people aware about developmental activities of the State Government for which all necessary details should be put in public domain. “This will also bring in greater transparency and accelerate public expenditure,” he said.

He further stressed upon steps which are required to be taken to ensure quality control in execution of developmental schemes for creation of durable public assets.

Earlier, the Chief Minister received a detailed review of developmental activities and law-and-order situation from Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal and IGP, Jammu Zone, Danesh Rana.

The Divisional Commissioner informed the Chief Minister that Holy Amarnath Yatra is progressing smoothly, barring temporary suspensions on account of closure of roads due to incessant rains. He said the directions given by him while chairing the DDB meetings are being closely monitored in all the districts of Jammu Division.

IGP Jammu, while briefing the Chief Minister, said there was total synergy between civil and police administration in dealing with law-and-order situations.

Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Home, R. K. Goyal, Divisional Heads and DIGs of all Ranges, besides Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of Jammu Division attended the meeting.

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