Srinagar: Calling the district administrations to remain focused on working towards bringing the positivity rate below 2% by the second half of the month, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta on Monday laid emphasis on optimal utilization of panchayat-level COVID care centres to provide timely medical care to patients in rural areas.
Chairing a maiden meeting with Divisional Commissioners of Jammu, Kashmir, Inspector Generals of Police, Deputy Inspector Generals of Police, Deputy Commissioners and District SPs, the Chief Secretary took stock of progress achieved with regard to COVID mitigation, implementation of district development plans, completion of works identified under ‘Back to Village’ programme and redressal of public grievances, an official spokesperson said.
Mehta, he said, reviewed the progress achieved in containing the spread of COVID infections in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the district administrations to remain focused on working towards bringing the positivity rate below 2% by the second half of the month.
“He laid emphasis on optimal utilization of panchayat-level COVID care centres to provide timely medical care to patients in rural areas,” the official spokesperson said.
“The Deputy Commissioners were asked to immediately submit the lists of beneficiaries to be given financial relief under the new scheme Saksham which envisages extension of pension/scholarship benefits to the families that lost their breadwinners to COVID,” he added.
He further said that the Chief Secretary laid down the priorities of the government and said that the outcome of various welfare measures, schemes and programmes must be a reflection of local needs and demands. He added that a robust monitoring mechanism will be followed to measure the progress.
“Regarding district development plans, the districts were asked to submit the documents immediately so that approval is granted latest by 10th June for early implementation and completion of proposed works,” the official spokesperson said.
He said that Mehta also directed to expedite completion of works identified under ‘Back to Village’ programme, and asked the concerned to display village wise lists of newly created assets at prominent places for general awareness of the residents of the area with a view of promoting public ownership of the infrastructure.
As per the official spokesperson, the Chief Secretary also said that the administration must remain sensitive to the issues of general public and proactively engage with them at regular intervals.
“The people-first approach of the UT administration must be reflected by the greater involvement of masses in the project identification and grievance redressal processes,” Mehta said, as per the official spokesperson.
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