Secretary to Government, Planning, Development & Monitoring Department (PDMD), Dr. Raghav Langer today visited Kupwara during which he carried out various activities including inspection of developmental works.
On reaching Kupwara, the Secretary reviewed overall developmental scenario of the district, here with District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray and district/ sectoral officers.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Raghav Langer said that the aim of his visit to Kupwara is not only to review the developmental profile of the district, but also to resolve the issues, confronting in the execution of developmental works. He directed officers to accelerate the developmental tempo and ensure completion of all ongoing works within the stipulated time frame, keeping in view the topography and weather conditions of the district. He said it is high time to mobilize the executing agencies for speedy achievement of targets.
“You need to make self assessment regarding your achievements and keep your DDC apprised so that execution of works speed-up to ensure completion within target time”, the Secretary asked to the officers and executing agencies. He also directed officers including CEO to get regular feedback from the executing agencies regarding execution of developmental works of concerned departments.
The Secretary stressed the need for formulation of Convergence Plan of over Rs.150 crore for next financial year and asked ACD Kupwara to involve all line departments including Forest, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries and Animal/Sheep Husbandry as the district has potential to utilize the hefty amount under Convergence with MGNREGA keeping in view the topography, area and population of the district.
He also stressed for making a process for reappropriation wherever required and submit the plan to Finance department with copy to PDMD so that the supplementary/re-appropriation plan could be obtained at higher level for proper implementation at ground level.
Reviewing the BADP scheme, the Secretary said that the scheme stands closed and the directions were given by Government for completion of all BADP works by September end which has been now extended upto the end of current financial year; as such there would be no change or re-appropriation in the schemes of BADP. He asked officers to ensure completion of all works physically as well as financially before the sunset period.
The Secretary reviewed work wise physical and financial status of District CAPEX Budget, Area Development Fund, Regular Component, BADP, Samrid Seema Yojna, Aspirational District Programme and other welfare schemes.
Earlier, the DDC Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray briefed the Secretary about the developmental profile of the district through Power Point presentation.
The DDC said that the Approved Outlay for 2022-23 is Rs.1598.53 crore out of which Rs.189.63 crore has been released; of which Rs.68.63 crore have been expended upto ending September, constituting 36.19%.
The DDC also gave the financial status of developmental works.
The meeting was informed that as many as 3019 works under different schemes including Regular component, DDC, BDC and PRI have been approved for current financial year; out of which 2644 have been accorded AA. Work is apace on 1534 works and are at different stages of execution.
Among others, ADDC Kupwara, Altaf Ahmad Khan; ADC Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi Bhat; SEs, JD Planning, besides, District and Sectoral officers were present in the meeting.
Later, the Secretary along with DDC Kupwara and concerned officers visited various areas and inspected ongoing developmental works.
The Secretary inspected construction of Shelter Shed for stranded passengers in avalanche prone areas of Kupwara-Tangdar National Highway near Sadna Top, constructed at a cost of Rs.39 lakh. He also visited construction of Mini-Stadium at Trehgam Hill Top.