Srinagar: Director, Rural Development (RDD) Kashmir, Tariq Ahmad Zargar Friday chaired a meeting through Video Conferencing to review the implementation progress of RDD schemes in Kashmir Division.
ACDs, ACPs and DPOs besides Executive Engineers (REW) and other officers were present in the meeting.
Status of flagship programmes including MGNREGA, PMAY-G and 14th FCA besides progress of works under the Capex Budget 2021-22 (CD &Pyt Sector), construction, renovation of Panchayat Ghars under RGSA and other issues were reviewed in detail.
Director, RDD Kashmir appreciated the Officers for achieving and sustaining 100% target in respect of persondays generated under MGNREGA in the Division. Against the target of 92.39 Lakh persondays set for ending December 2021, 98.77 Lakh (107%) persondays have already been generated till date across 10 districts of Kashmir Division. Moreover, 95% MGNREGA Wages are being released in time among the MGNREGA Job Card Holders and till date Rs 215.58 Crore have been paid as wage component besides 100% geo-tagging of assets 99% Aadhaar Seeding of Job Card Holders is complete.
Under MGNREGA, an expenditure of Rs 286.48 Crore has been incurred till date with Rs 215.58 Crore incurred on the wage component in Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 90% target has been achieved under PMAY-G in Kashmir Division. Against the target of 7860 housing units, 7075 units have been completed till date.
Similarly, out of the 86 Panchayat Ghars taken up for construction under RGSA, 22 have been completed and the remaining are at various stages of completion. Moreover, out of the 100 Panchayat Ghars taken up under renovation, 47 have been completed.
Furthermore, out of the 1048 works taken up under CD &Pyt Sector, 214 have been completed and other works are at various stages of completion.
Director, RDD Kashmir directed the officers to accelerate the pace of execution of the works so that set targets of development for the FY 2021-22 are achieved in full. He also underscored the need to hold regular Gram sabhas in each Panchayat besides general public made aware about the guidelines and benefits of the RDD Schemes under implementation.
Sagar asks admin to ensure public utility services to people
K H News Service
Srinagar| Dec, 10: National Conference on Friday asked the LG Administration to ensure effective round the clock public utility services to people, saying the crisis triggered by erratic power and water supply has put the consumers in a precarious situation.
This was said by the Party General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar here at the party headquarters Nawa e Subha. Sagar who met scores of delegations from Kashmir province said that the people are bemoaning the erratic power and water supply. The crisis, triggered by shortage of these vital public utility services has compounded the predicaments of the consumers.
“Ensuring steady access of public utilities to people in the urban and rural areas should be the priority for administration. Amid increasing energy supply by over 17 per cent in comparison to last year, Kashmir Power Development Corporation Limited (KPDCL) is still failing to provide uninterrupted power in the Kashmir division. We were told that comfortable winter days are in for people. But the claim is yet to materialize. In spite of the government promising to provide round the clock and as per schedule electricity, consumers across Kashmir continue to face unprecedented power outages. With a massive dip in temperature and the entire valley reeling through sub-zero temperatures, people are hardly getting any relief from the electricity department. Instead what they get at the end of the month are inflated electricity bills,” he said.
Telling truth to power is a sackable offense in BJP’s Naya Kashmir, he said while referring to the incident wherein a government employee was reprimanded for raising the issue of acute power supply. “The current situation has dashed the hopes of people to get improved and uninterrupted power supply. PDD never follows a particular schedule. It seems people’s suffering will continue this winter too,” he said adding, “Poor electricity is a reality we live with & criticizing the power department is as much a reality of Kashmiri winters as snow & power cuts. It should be taken by the department as a wakeup call, not a reason to dismiss. While common consumers including the students are bearing the brunt of the unscheduled power cuts, the crisis has hit the traders the most, especially those associated with tourism, and other sectors.”
Alluding to the distress of consumers on account of scarcity of food grains and essential commodities at ration stores, Sagar said, “Distribution of free ration under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) from December 2021 onwards is a grave injustice to thousands of households who are yet to find a way out of penury induced by successive lock downs and clampdowns since 2019. Distribution of free ration as part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKAY-3), should continue for Jammu and Kashmir, as the people are yet to overcome from the economic distress caused by the ravaging impact of Covid-19 and August 05 2019 decisions,” he added. He assured the visiting delegations that the party functionaries will raise the issue of poor public utility services at all forums. The visiting delegations were civil society members, individuals and marginal traders.