JAMMU: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday chaired a meeting of district officers, focusing on the evaluation of ongoing development projects, including implementation of Central Sponsored Schemes, departmental schemes and other developmental initiatives in Jammu District.
The meeting was held in PWD Guest house Jammu.
At the onset of the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sachin Kumar Vaishya presented a comprehensive overview of the district’s developmental profile.
The DC apprised the Div Com about the current status of ongoing schemes of each department through power point presentation.
The Divisional Commissioner was given a detailed briefing on the physical and financial accomplishments under District Capex, UT components as well as updates on the major projects, development works underway in the district.
While reviewing performance of RDD, the Div Com directed Executive Engineer REW Jammu to float tenders of all works under DDC, BDC & PRI grants. “Works under District & UT Capex budget should also be tendered and early completion of all developmental works in approved plan must be ensured”, the Div Com added.
The Div Com reviewed in detail the progress under the schemes being implemented by Social Welfare, Rural Development, Urban Local Bodies, PWD, PMGSY, JPDCL, Jal Shakti, School Education, Agriculture and Allied departments, employment, ICDS, Industries, Sheep husbandry and Animal Husbandry.
Stressing on synergy among stakeholder departments, the Divisional Commissioner tasked the Deputy Commissioner to convene a meeting involving ACD, CEO, BDOs, XEN REW, XEN PWD (R&B) and contractors to ensure that development targets are achieved within the stipulated time frame.
While taking note of meager expenditure by some sectors, the Div Com directed to achieve the financial targets within the shortest possible time, and directed for 100 percent expenditure under different schemes.
Discussing Rural Sanitation works, the Divisional Commissioner stressed the need for evolving an effective mechanism through Common Service Centers (CSCs) for the better maintenance of rural assets.
Reviewing the progress of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), the Divisional Commissioner instructed the Rural Development Department to prioritize the allocation of houses to landless individuals and ensure the success of the AWAS Plus scheme. He also directed municipal authorities to accelerate the saturation of PMAY-U cases in urban areas.
Regarding the progress of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) works, the Divisional Commissioner stressed the need for achieving 100% saturation and prioritizing the construction of Tube Wells. “Increase the men and machinery to complete works at the earliest”, the Div Com asked the department.
Discussing road connectivity, the Divisional Commissioner called upon the Engineers of PMGSY, PWD, and REW to expedite ongoing road projects and ensure timely maintenance. He also stressed on filling of potholes, cleaning of dividers, bush cuttings.
While reviewing Social Welfare schemes, the Div Com Highlighted the need to address issues faced by pensioners, the Divisional Commissioner asked for hosting sensitization cum awareness camps to educate beneficiaries. He also reviewed the status of scholarships being offered to the students.
Emphasizing the creation of self-employment opportunities, the Divisional Commissioner directed for formulating the district employment plan and urged the early implementation of beneficiary-oriented schemes aligned with market demand and skilled workforce mapping.
Similarly, the Div Com also reviewed the progress made under other schemes like PM Kisan, KCC, Soil Health Card, PMDP, PMKSY, PMSSS, PMAGY, ISSS, NSAP, scholarship schemes, BADP etc.
Issues impeding the developmental projects were also discussed threadbare in the meeting wherein the Div Com said that inter department coordination is a must to resolve developmental bottlenecks and timely completion of works. He asked the officers to work in tandem to achieve set targets in set timelines for the larger public interest.
Regarding the power scenario in the district, the Divisional Commissioner directed the Chief Engineer JPDCL to expedite the work on argumentation of power infrastructure and ensure round-the-clock electricity supply.
The Divisional Commissioner called upon all departments to adopt a public-friendly approach in their operations and underscored the importance of digital penetration across the district.
The Div Com also reviewed measures to control drug abuse. The SSP gave a detailed account of measures taken to control drug menace.
The Div Com stressed on organising awareness camps in villages, schools and colleges.
While reviewing the working of the mining department, the Div Com directed DMO Jammu to liaison with police & Revenue officers for curbing illegal mining in Jammu district.
The meeting was attended by Director Tourism Jammu, Vivekanand Rai; Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kohli; ADC, Harvinder Singh; ADDC, Romesh Chander; CPO, Joginder Katoch; besides HoDs, district officers of all the key departments.