Anantnag: The Block Diwas programme was Wednesday organized at Budget Accommodation, Kokernag under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag, Dr Piyush Singla here in Anantnag.
ADDC, CPO, ACD, SDM Kokernag, Tehsildars, BDOs and officials from allied departments along with PRI members were present on the occasion.
PRIs present at the Block Diwas put forward various local issues related to relief cases, road connectivity, irrigation system in Sagam village, street lights in Hiller area besides others.
The DC while addressing the gathering said the district administration is committed to timely execution of all works under process. He further said that all arrangements with regard to winter preparedness have been completed. Further, all necessary arrangements have been made for snow clearance of roads and public helplines have been shared with the public.
Dr Singla emphasized the need for increased coordination between PRIs and Govt officials. He said that the three tier Panchayati Raj system is a novel step for the welfare of the people. All line departments and PRIs must regularly evaluate development plans at the block level.
He further said that various development works like libraries, sports grounds etc must be taken up on priority and any delay in execution of such works will not be tolerated.
The officials from the health department were also directed to ensure that healthcare facilities are available to far flung areas particularly during winters. He said the department must review requirements for rationalization of staff on this count in order to ensure minimum response time to any medical emergency.
Responding to queries of the public regarding tendering in CAPEX plans, the DDC said that all works are being put to tenders and the step is aimed at promoting transparency and accountability. He said that strict directions have been passed to implementing agencies to identify any contractors delaying execution and the process for blacklisting those contractors will be immediately initiated.
More than 40 grievances were received during the Block Diwas pertaining mainly to PDD, PHE, PMGSY, R&B departments.
Earlier, Dr Singla visited Sub district Hospital Kokernag and inspected the Jan Aushadhi store functional at the hospital.
Interacting with patients at the hospital, the DC was apprised that all facilities are being extended to the patients and all necessary medical equipment is operational.
The DC also took cognizance of delay in commissioning of the heating system for the facility and passed directions for immediate redressal of the grievance.
In line with the ethos of prompt redressal of grievances and resolution of inter departmental issues, DC Anantnag resolved a long pending dispute between Health and Police department. Locals and officials hailed the prompt redressal.
A critical care ambulance donated by NHIDCL was also dedicated by the Deputy Commissioner to the public.
While visiting the under construction road between Dohnipawa and Al Stop, he emphasized that execution must be expedited to relieve the traffic pressure on town roads.
The DC also visited under construction Vailoo Bridge and passed directions to operationalize the bridge by 15th Dec.