Jammu, November 21
Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti chaired a joint meeting of all the Deputy Commissioners and District Superintendents of Police of Jammu division here today to review the developmental progress and also the overall law and order scenario in the division.
Today’s meeting was a sequel to a meeting she had convened on April 16, shortly after her taking over as the Chief Minister, where she also reviewed the action taken on many of the instructions she had passed during the previous meeting.
The Chief Minister sought appraisal of developmental works from each Deputy Commissioner individually and impressed upon them to monitor all the developmental activities in their districts round the clock. “Every developmental work in your district is your responsibility and chase it till it get completed”, she said and asked the Deputy Commissioners to monitor every development vis a viz these projects closely so that these are not delayed.
Mehbooba Mufti regretted that much of the working season in the State, particularly in Kashmir division, has been lost and progress on works slowed down due to the disturbances during the past four months. She said no more time can be wasted and asked the officers to redouble their efforts to make up for the lost time.
The Chief Minister sought detailed information from the DCs regarding availability of ration, power and water supply, healthcare facilities, execution of PSGA and all other issues concerning common masses. She also sought details of ration dumping at far flung areas like Marwah, Wadwun, Paddar and other places which generally remain cut off during winters.
Mehbooba Mufti specifically sough details of progress on various developmental works in the districts. She sought progress on projects of solid waste management, particularly land acquisition and start of work, Aadhar enrolment, progress on construction of schools, colleges, polytechnics and ITIs in all districts of the region.
The Chief Minister also enquired about the implementation of National Food Security Act and Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme in the districts and the quantum of ration being lifted under each scheme. She directed the DCs to ensure the retrieved state land remains safe for which she asked them to undertake fencing in convergence with NREGA.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the Deputy Commissioners to closely monitor works on key projects in infrastructure development so that these are completed in time. She sought details of progress on Naigarh Water Supply Scheme, Chenab Water Supply Scheme, Jammu airport expansion, ring road project, Multi-tier parking at Panjtirthi, development of Skill Development School at Mandi, Bafliaz-Surankote road, widening of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Trauma hospital at Banihal and Ramban, Nursing College at Udhampur, Medical Colleges at Doda, Kathua and Rajouri, Ropeway project for Shivkhori, repairs of transformers in Rajouri, construction of hospitals at Nowshera and Sunderbani, construction of Mini Secretariat at Rajouri and other major projects coming up in Jammu province. She was also apprised about successful implementation of project Rahat in Udhampur district under which 125 bridges were constructed in convergence mode in a record time.
In view of the coming winter, the Chief Minister directed the DC Ramban to be ready with a plan of action in case closure of National Highway. She enquired from DC Kishtwar about the rehabilitation of fire victims of Sukhnai village. She also directed the DC Samba for expediting the acquisition of land for the upcoming AIIMS there.
On the concept of convergence of works in developmental sector in the districts, the Chief Minister said it speeds up works and much of the financial issues get solved. She said when late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed came up with the concept, not many in the administration understood it but thankfully officers and planners now know the advantages of this work model.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the Deputy Commissioners to go through the commitments and plans of the late leader for their districts and oversee the progress on them. She said the developmental vision for the State forms the roadmap for present Government.
Asking the officers to take the fight against drug abuse and land encroachments in mission mode, the Chief Minister asked the DCs and SPs to work on a multi-pronged strategy to eradicate the drug menace as it threatens the very survival of our future generation.
Mehbooba Mufti said while it was all important to go after drug peddlers with all seriousness and firmness, she said it was equally important to undertake awareness campaigns particularly among students about the ill effects and dangers of taking drugs. She also suggested undertaking counseling programmes for youth and their parents who unfortunately get caught up in the menace. She also advised setting up of more de addiction centres where these youth could be rehabilitated.
The Chief Minister was informed that Police has launched a massive campaign against drug abuse in the province and more arrests have been made and more cases registered this year than the previous years. She was also informed that more confiscations have been made of charas, brown sugar, opium etc. this year than previous years.
Mehbooba Mufti also enquired about the status of cases of crimes against women in the districts. She was informed that three women’s police stations have been working in the province and two more women’s police stations have been sanctioned where an all women force has been deployed to give a sense of psychological security to the victims.
The Chief Minister asked the DCs to compile the data regarding specially-abled students in the respective districts so that the Government can come up with a plan of action to reach-out to them.
Complimenting the administration for performing the job with dedication during the past few months, the Chief Minister described the Deputy Commissioners and District Superintendents of Police as the basic units of State administration. She said she feels happy to see many young boys and girls in administration who have an urge to do something for the State and the society. She hoped with their efforts and urge she would be able to give a corruption free, responsive and sensitive administration to the State.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, in his intervention, also reminded the officers that there is no scope for complacency as much of the time this year has been lost already. He also suggested dovetailing various schemes in the district to achieve prompt results and underscored the need for engaging local youth in big projects.
The Deputy Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners not to forget the many micro issues in the districts where people are personally involved and focus on mass involvement schemes like Social welfare, NREGA, ration distribution etc. to work in mission mode.
Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma, Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar, Financial Commissioner-Planning and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Home, Mr. R. K. Goyal, Special DG(Co-ordination), S. P. Vaid, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, Inspector General, Jammu zone, Danish Rana, Inspector General, Traffic, Shafqat Ahmad Watali, range DIGs, Deputy Commissioners and District Superintendents of Police of all the districts of Jammu division and other officers were present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed the Deputy Commissioners of Jammu division to ensure that the poor nomadic communities living in forest areas for decades together are not harassed and dislocated during anti-encroachment drive.
The direction came during a review meeting the Chief Minister held with the Deputy Commissioners and District SSPs of Jammu division here today.
The Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners that though they should go after big land-grabbers whole-hog who have encroached huge chunks at prime places but the poor and hapless nomads who have been protecting the forests for decades should not be harassed.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the Deputy Commissioners that an otherwise prudent administrative action aimed at retrieving state properties should not be portrayed as a campaign against a nomadic hapless community which has all along been protecting the forests and whose socio-economic activity is also closely linked to forests.
Quoting Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said the Prime Minister has also made it clear that nobody has the right to snatch away the land of tribals where they have been living for decades.
“It’s the priority of our government to ensure that tribals get their right. No one has right to snatch away their lands,” the Prime Minister had said while inaugurating the first National Tribal Carnival at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi last month.