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Kohli stresses on active public participation in developmental process

Plan of Rs 119.96 cr approved for Ramban

The District Development Board that met under the chairmanship of Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli approved a district plan of Rs 119. 96 crore for the year 2016-17 Vice Chairman Kissan Advisory Board Daljeet Singh, Vice Chairperson, Advisory Board for Development of Scheduled Castes Bhushan Lal Dogra, legislators Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Vikar Rasool Wani, Neelam Langeh, Sham Lal Bhagat, HoDs of various departments, DIG Ramban-Doda besides other officers were present in the meeting. The Minister directed the officers to submit UCs under CSS on time so that funds are released without any delay. He stressed on complete transparency while implementing various schemes of public importance while ensuring proper monitoring of works on ground. The Minister called for active public participation in the developmental process and said that the synergy between administration and public is vital to ensure that the benefits of developmental programmes and welfare schemes reach grassroot level. He also stressed on taking up projects under convergence plan so that tangible assets are created on the ground . Expressing concern over the slow pace of work on Water Filtration Plant at Ramban, construction work of Dak Banglow, power receiving stations at Ukhral, Khari and Chanderkote, ANM school, college buildings at Gool and Ramban , the minister directed the departments concerned to work in tandem and remove bottlenecks if any. Stressing on the need to focus on sheep and animal husbandry and fisheries sectors the Minister asked the officers concerned to project the requirement of funds in these sectors so that requisite steps are taken to make them financially viable. Mr. Kohli also impressed upon the concerned officers to ensure implementation of all the DDB decisions in letter and spirit. He also asked them to consult concerned legislators before formulating any projects or schemes to ascertain and fulfill the area specific developmental needs . Underscoring the importance of improving the road network for development of rural masses, the minister directed the Works Department to ensure that the projects are completed in time with strict adherence to quality norms. He maintained that there will be regular review of the physical and financial progress in all the sectors and no laxity in this regard will be tolerated. The legislatures also raised different issues of their respective constituencies like land compensation, shortage of staff in schools and health institutions, upgradation of roads , expansion of power and water supply schemes to uncovered habitations, employment under MGNREGA, identification of new tourist sites, development of infrastructure, clearance of pending liabilities, rehabilitation of flood affected people who are residing in tents, etc. Earlier, the District Development Commissioner Ramban, Mohammad Aijaz while apprising about the physical and financial achievements registered in the last fiscal said that against available funds of Rs. 55.52 crore a total expenditure of Rs. 55.37 crore was made in various sectors registering an achievement of 99%.