LG’s Whirlwind Tour of Anantnag

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Anantnag: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir government is witnessing a visible change, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday urged youth to embrace the path of development and be the drivers of a developed and prosperous Union Territory.

Sinha made these remarks during a whirlwind tour to Anantnag, where he also inaugurated a women’s cricket event at Degree College Khanabal.

Sinha, according to an official spokesperson said that the atmosphere of change is visible in J&K and everyone should be the part of new progressive Jammu and Kashmir.

“He said that the administration is committed to providing People-Centric Good Governance to the residents of the Union Territory,” the LG, as per official spokesperson said.

The LG was also accompanied by International cricketers Suresh Raina and Parvaiz Rasool who interacted with the youth and to raise the spirits they participated in the event and played a few shots.

Pertinently, Raina has recently agreed to set up 10 Cricket schools across J&K to train the aspiring cricketers, particularly the youngsters from remote areas of the UT.

Emphasizing the role of positive engagement of Youth, Sinha, as per official spokesperson said that the government was keen on augmenting the sports infrastructure in J&K. He also appealed the youth to embrace the path of development and be the drivers of a developed and prosperous J&K.

“Later, addressing the audience, the LG expressed delight and said that the government is giving impetus to sports and launching initiatives in education and skill development sectors to help the youth channelize their energies in constructive activities and development of the region,” the official spokesperson said.

“He also announced that every district of the UT is going to have its own sports stadium. Even panchayats have been mandated to provide sports kits to their youth as per local requirements,” he added.

The LG, he said stressed that the government is focussing on education, industry, tourism, and sports besides enhancing social infrastructure.

“To bring about groundbreaking changes in the UT, the Lt Governor said that the government is going to announce New Industrial Policy soon, under which an entirely new regime of positivity and development will prevail,” the official spokesperson said.

Sinha also visited the historic holy Mattan Temple & Gurudwara where he paid obeisance and prayed for peace, progress, and prosperity in the Union Territory. There, he also met a few delegations and listened to their issues and grievances.

The official spokesperson said that while chairing the meeting of officers, the LG took a review of the overall developmental scenario and public welfare activities in the district.

“He also e-inaugurated and laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth Rs.92.23 Cr. Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, briefed the Lt Governor about the governance and public delivery system, besides the status of ongoing developmental projects, implementation of welfare schemes, the scenario of health, education & agriculture,” the official spokesperson said.

During the meeting, he said, the LG maintained that the decision of identification of new projects at the panchayat level should lie solely with the PRIs and the local population and that the officers should only act as facilitators in the execution of those projects.

“A portion of funds under MGNREGA, 14-FC, and a special package of Rs 10 lakh under B2V be used for sanitation works in every panchayat, maintained the Lt Governor,” the official spokesperson said.

“On the upcoming Back to Village-3 programme, the Lt Governor exhorted the officers to ensure completion of at least two important works of public importance in every panchayat across the district. Status of ongoing Jan Abhiyaan, Awami Muhim, and preparations for the upcoming Back to Village-3 programme was also sought by the Lt Governor. He urged upon the officers to stay connected with people besides remaining accessible and responsive. He also directed concerned officers to set timelines for the completion of incomplete and languishing projects,” he added.

According to official spokesperson, LG directed that the local issues like macadamization of roads, provision of drinking water, B2V works should be prioritized and active participation of the public in Block Level Jan Abhiyan programmes Pre- B2V3 programme.

“He also directed the concerned officers to get all the panchayats connected through all-weather roads and involve people in the plan formation of rural development works,” he added.

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