Budgam Should Be Showcased As Next Stop For Tourists: CS

Budgam- Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday called for beautification of Budgam to add to its tourist attraction and develop it as a modern city in next six months.

The Chief Secretary was chairing a meeting of officers to take review of progress of development projects and implementation of UT and centrally sponsored schemes under District Capex Budget, Languishing and other grants, here at Conference Hall Budgam, an official spokesperson said.

Principal Secretary Agriculture Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary; Chairman District Development Council, Nazir Ahmad Khan; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole; District Development Commissioner, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza, Chief Engineers R&B, KPDCL, Jal Shakti, Heads of Horticulture, Education, Health, RDD, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Command Area, Agriculture departments and district and sectoral officers attended the meeting.

At the outset, the official spokesperson said that the Chief Secretary stressed on beautification of Budgam and instructed concerned people to launch a 3- month development campaign with focus on sanitation and beautification to turn Budgam into a modern City.

“He said that all Sarpanchs under the mission mode shall also carry out the sanitation campaign across all villages and ensure construction of separate pits for dumping of waste generated at village level, besides, ensuring all their areas are made litter and plastic free zones,” he said.

The Chief Secretary, as per the official spokesperson laid emphasis on promotion of Doodhpathri, Tosamaidan and Yousmarg tourist destinations and directed the concerned to brace up for celebrating the current year as an 'Year of Tourism in Budgam.'

Mehta, he said, emphasized that besides proper sanitation and putting in place all other required facilities at tourist destinations, facilities like huts, cafeteria and lavatory complexes be established for the hassle-free stay of tourists. He said that after Srinagar, Budgam should be showcased as the next stop for the tourists with the best facilities. He asked to extend handholding to local youth to enable them to look for self employment avenues in the tourism trade.

While taking the sector wise review, the Chief Secretary emphasized on convergence of MGNREGA with other schemes to provide maximum wages to the registered labour card holders and create durable rural assets.

He stressed on expediting the work on all ongoing projects and their timely completion. He said that works taken up be completed in all respects within the set timeline.

He said that the work on the 125-bedded District Hospital estimated to cost Rs 48 crore would start soon in Budgam.

Stressing on prompt and hassle- free public service delivery, the Chief Secretary asked the departments to bring evident improvement and take the feedback for every service provided to the citizens.

At the outset, the DDC Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmed Mirza gave a detailed resume of the achievements and progress achieved under Capex Budget, Languishing and DDC, BDC and other grants, through a powerpoint presentation.

The Chief Secretary lauded the district administration for its remarkable work in different sectors including road connectivity and providing of self employment to the youth.

He directed officers to work in tandem and ensure speedy development of Budgam as a model district. He stressed that all government offices should switch over to digital offices and ensure speedy and prompt services to the public.

Earlier, the Chief Secretary laid the foundation stone of three- storey residential accommodation for DDC/BDC members at Sheikhpora in Budgam.

The work on the project shall be executed by R&B Division Budgam at an estimated cost of Rs. 6.41 crore to provide 2- BHK accommodation facility to the DDC/ BDC members of the district.

The 17- flat accommodation complex would have three blocks with parking space, meeting hall, dormitory facility and security post.

The Chief Secretary directed the concerned to ensure the completion of the project by the end of the year as its deadline.

Reviews IMPARD's Technological Interventions At Institute

Chief Secretary, Dr.Arun Kumar Mehta on Thursday visited Jammu and Kashmir Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (J&K IMPARD) to review the technological interventions being introduced by the institute especially in imparting online training.

On the occasion, Dr Mehta delivered valedictory address to the 8th batch of Public Information Officers (PIOs), Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) and Appellate Authorities.

Chief Secretary asked the institute to make the training in Learning Management System (LMS) mode which included recording a lecture and uploading it on IMPARD website so that interested persons can download it from there.

He appreciated the role of IMPARD in imparting quality training to officers and officials of Jammu and Kashmir including JKAS officers and Senior and Junior Assistants. He lauded the quantitative and qualitative improvements effected by IMPARD in its training programmes through use of smart classes and webcasting. He also appreciated other initiatives of the institute like signing of MoUs with centres of excellence and garnering support from Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) and the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) in its training programmes.

Chief Secretary instructed the concerned officers to devise special training programmes covering Pradhan Mantri’s flagship schemes besides training the district officers about the guidelines of the schemes. He also asked IMPARD to conduct Mass Training Programmes covering PRIs and other Rural Development functionaries under its role as State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD).

He also asked the departments of Rural Development, Disaster Management and General Administration Department to depute maximum number of heir officers for training by IMPARD.

With completion of RTI training to the 8th Batch of Officers, a total of about 1000 officers have been trained so far.

During these RTI training courses, the services of best experts in the field of RTI from all over India were utilized including that of former Chief Information Commissioners.

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