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Union Minister for Minority Affairs visits Budgam

BUDGAM, Oct07 ( KINS): The aim and objective of our visits to U.T of J&K is to shorten the gap between public and administration. This is not election season, but we are here and our visits are aimed to give new and revolutionary dimension to the progress and development of the UT. There is no scarcity of funds, committed desire to serve people is need of the hour.

These remarks were made by Union Minister for Minority Affairs,  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi during interaction with DDC’s, BDC’s and other PRI representatives representing many adjacent areas of Doodhpathri.

Earlier, the Minister on reaching Doodhpathri inaugurated T20 Hotel Cum Restaurant constructed at a cost of Rs 5.48 Crore. The Hotel has fully comfortable 20 rooms where tourists/guests visiting this place can enjoy their stay. The Minister inspected the facilities available in the T20 Hotel.

The Minister also visited many Bakhs/Kothas existing in the vicinity where seasonal migrants are presently living. Among these Kothas, some have been renovated and refurnished on latest pattern equipped with all requisite facilities. On the occasion, the Minister had a small interaction with the local habitants who apprised him about some of the problems they are facing with regard to power and drinking water supply, installation of mobile connectivity and establishment of health facilities.

The Minister during the visit also inaugurated parking facility recently completed by the concerned executing agency. With the availability of this facility, unprecedented traffic mess and congestion problems always occurring during peak season will get addressed.

During the interaction, the Minister patiently listened to all delegations/individuals who had assembled on the occasion in order to appraise him about various issues and grievances pertaining to their areas. They highlighted the demands including beautification of Doodhpathri and installation of communication towers.

Chairperson All India Muslim Waqf Board, Dr. Darakshan Andrabi, DDC & BDC Members, DC Budgam Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza, SSP Budgam Tahir Saleem, Mission Director ICDS Shabnum Shah Kamili, ADDC, ADC, GM DIC and other concerned district and sectoral Officers were also present on occasion.

The Minister on his return also paid a visit to high density apple orchard at Yakbugh Khansahib where large gathering of progressive farmers and concerned Horticulture Department officials welcomed the Minister. The Minister inspected the stalls installed at the venue by many local apple and walnut growers, demonstrating and presenting the high quality produces.

“I am highly impressed the way farmers demonstrated hard work and sustained efforts they had put in envisaging this quality of produce that can compete in any international market and competition,” the Minister said.

The Minister during proceedings distributed subsidy cheques and machinery tools including tractors, power tillers, weeders, walnut thrashing machines among beneficiaries.

On reaching back to Budgam Headquarter, the Minister laid foundation stone for construction of District Veterinary (sheep) Hospital at Budgam coming up at an estimated Cost of Rs 135.07 lakhs.

Later, the Minister presided over a meeting of officers convened by District Administration at Conference Hall Budgam. The Deputy Commissioner through power point presentation in detail put forth the developmental scenario of the district.On the occasion, the Minister also distributed beneficiary cheques among deserving beneficiaries under marriage assistance scheme sponsored by Social Welfare Department Budgam. Subsidy cheques were also distributed among beneficiaries for establishing micro cow units, dairy units and milk vans.

In addition, Rs 50,000 monetary assistance to four persons under ISSD was also distributed.( KINS)


Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment visits Samba

SAMBA, Oct07 ( KINS):  As a part of the outreach programme of Government of India, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar, today, visited district Samba and inaugurated a Rural Haat at Swankha Vijaypur. He also held interaction with delegations besides paying obeisance at Baba Chamliyal Shrine at Zero line border in Ramgarh of District Samba.

Dr. Kumar, while inaugurating the Rural Haat in presence of Member Parliament Jugal Kishore, said the initiative of Rural Haat shall promote financial self reliance of rural population in the district by establishing a sustainable system of marketing of the local produce through rural markets.

Rural Haat has two  phases in which Zone A is presently having kiosk/sheds for displaying rural products, while in proposed Zone B provisions for developing food court, bamboo gateway village art, village chaupal, etc and a parking lot has been conceptualized.

Later, the Union Minister visited the Zero Line of Border tourist place Baba Chamliyal, a revered shrine of Dalip Manhas popularly known as Baba Chamliyal.

During the visit, the Minister interacted with various delegations of local sarpanches, youth organizations, PRIs and Border Welfare Organization besides locals.

The delegation members expressed gratitude towards the visiting Minister for visiting their locality for the first time and were hopeful that all their genuine demands shall be appropriately addressed after the intervention of the visiting union minister.

The Minister also interacted with District Administration Samba and exhorted to ensure 100% saturation of central sponsored schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PMAY, Jal Jeevan Missions, Scholarships and other social security schemes.

The Union Minister also visited forward posts and interacted with BSF troops stationed at the BOP Chamliyal.

The minister was accompanied by Advisor to Advisor to Lieutenant Governor Farooq Khan, Secretary Social Welfare Sheetal Nanda, DDC Chairman Keshav Dutt Sharma, DIG BSF Surjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner Samba Anuradha Gupta, Vice Chairperson DDC, and local BDC Chairperson besides other DDC members and district officers. ( KINS)


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