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DDB approves Rs 92.67 cr annual plan for Samba

DyCM for judicious fund utilization, transparency in implementation of schemes
Announces additionality of Rs 5 cr for district, Rs 60 lakh for mobile toilets, Rs 57.39 lakh for power infra, 320 MVA grid station for Industrial Estate Samba
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today called for ensuring judicious utilization of funds for development so that the people get benefitted from various welfare programmes. He also called for utmost transparency in the implementation of developmental schemes.
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing officers during the District Development Board (DDB) meeting of the Samba district here today. The Board also approved of Rs 92.67 crore as the annual plan for district for fiscal 2017-18.
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr Chander Parkash Ganga, MLAs Dr Devender Manyal and Kuldeep Raj, MLCs Master Noor Hussain, Sham Lal Baghat, Vice-Person Social Welfare Advisory Board, Dr Nirmal Kamal, Vice Chairman SC Board, Bushan Dogra, Vice Chairman OBC Welfare Board, Rashpal Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal, District Development Commissioner, Samba, Ms Sheetal Nanda, Sectoral Heads and senior officers of different departments were present in the meeting.
Reviewing the progress achieved under different sectors in the district, the Dy CM called for developing mechanism for third party audit of ongoing construction works. He also called for taking elected representatives into confidence while framing and execution of plans so that they can supervise and assist in resolving bottlenecks if any. He said that the whole budget exercise has been advanced from this year to provide ample time for Plan formation and execution.
Dr Singh asked the officers to put in their best efforts to change the perception of the people and also involve them in the implementation of various developmental programmes. He said they should also coordinate their efforts in order to ensure that the developmental initiatives and various flagship programmes are completed within the stipulated time lines thereby saving the cost escalation factor which becomes the main impediment in the development of the state.
“The officers should also involve the local representatives in the implementation of the developmental programmes besides making comprehensive DPRs for the new ones in order to ensure the area specific development of the areas and also ensure that their impact is felt at the ground level”, he added and maintained that regular meetings should be held by the sectoral officers in order to closely monitor the schemes and programmes.
On the occasion, the Dy CM announced New Grid Station of 320 MVA capacity for Industrial Estate Samba which shall be constructed by Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI) within two years at a cost of Rs 80.50 crore. He also informed that proposal for inclusion of Ghagwal, Rajpura and Gurah Slathian under Municipal limits is under active consideration of the govt.
The Deputy Chief Minister also announced an additionality of Rs 5 crore fur the current year’s plan out of which Rs 2 crore were released immediately and an amount of Rs 3 crore would be released within this month.
He also announced an amount of Rs 60 lakhs for two mobile toilet vans, Rs 40 lakh for the works undertaken under BADP, Rs 57.39 lakh for restoration of electricity related works. Besides, an amount of Rs 40.85 lakh was re-appropriated for irrigation to R&B and Rs 50 lakh released for covering the liabilities under the flood protection works.
The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Mr Chander Parkash Ganga also addressed the meeting and called for speeding up the works being taken by different departments in the district. He said the timelines should be strictly adhered to which would ensure that the projects are completed within the stipulated time frame.
Mr Ganga called for paying specific focus to development of playgrounds and urgent need to provide more funding for the development of sports. He asked officials to expedite development of Electrical Receiving Station at Chak Salarian, demanded establishment of Govt Degree College at Ramgarh and Animal Husbandry Centre at Raika Labana. He also called for improving water and electricity supply in the area especially Kandi belts in view of the ensuing summer season.
The Vice Chairpersons, Legislators also addressed the meeting and also projected their demands pertaining to road connectivity, health, power, water supply, education sector and welfare of SC, ST and OBC.
DDC Samba in her presentation gave detailed view of physical and financial achievements during the financial year 2016-17. She informed about various campaigns launched by District Administration like Community led total sanitation campaign, Laadli Beti Divas, Skill Development programmes and training of farm women in preparation of horticulture products. She informed that child sex ratio has improved from 787 in year 2011 to 895 in year 2016 in the district. Besides, all health institutions have been completed under district plan and there are no left over works.
She also informed that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with INTACH for development of Samba Fort and Rs 13 lakh have already been released by planning department during the current year.