Udhampur:To take stock of various ongoing developmental works being executed in RDD, PDD and Tourism sectors in the district, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan conducted a day long extensive tour of District Udhampur on Saturday.During the tour, Advisor Khan along with DDC Udhampur Dr. Piyush Singla, SSP Rajiv Pandey, Director Tourism Jammu, Raj Kumar Katoch, Director RDD,Sudershan Kumar, Chief Engineer, JPDCL, Gurmeet Singh, Chief Engineer JPDCL, Manhar Gupta visited Tikri, Seen Thakran, Malhar and Rount Panchayats, where he inspected the developmental works being executed by Rural Development Department under MGNREGA and Jeevika.Advisor stressed on maintaining Social Distancing, Hand Hygiene ,Wearing of masks besides effective implementation of all RDD schemes and timely payment to labour.He also assessed status of convergence plan taken with various line departments and the progress of works under MGNREGA. BDOs were directed to keep regular check over the progress of works on the ground in order to achieve the targets in a stipulated time frame. Strict directions were passed to BDOs to regularly hold meetings with PRIs. He advised the RDD staff to follow social distancing and use hygienic practices and directed them to aware the rural masses about the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. RDD was asked to construct play grounds in every Panchayat under MGNREGA and increase the number of works.Advisor Baseer Khan also paid visit to Jeevika Project site at Malhar constructed under convergence of MGNREGA and other district schemes and interacted with the farmer’s community and PRIs. He stressed to promote organic farming in all the Jeevika clusters in the district to increase their agriculture income.
He was informed that under this project 250 ponds are being constructed in convergence with MGNREGA in all panchayats of the district. He appreciated the unique initiative of District Administration for launching Jeevika project in the District. He stressed on scaling up of the Jeevika clusters in the district so that farmer’s community can avail the maximum benefits of these projects in their respective areas. He asked the DDC to assure proper care and hygiene besides maintaining social distancing as per standard operating procedures in place to deal with COVID-19 cases.Later, the Advisor chaired a meeting of District and Divisional officers to take stock of various ongoing developmental projects being executed in RDD, PDD and Tourism sector in the district at Mini Conference Hall DC Office Complex Udhampur. While reviewing the progress on various developmental works being taken up in the district the Advisor emphasized upon the officers and executing agencies to speed up the pace of work of all developmental projects and to ensure their completion within stipulated time frame.Besides, directions were issued to concerned officers to gear up men and machinery for effective and timely completion of these developmental projects.Advisor directed Chief Engineer JPDCL to create a Transformer Bank, implement the amnesty scheme expeditiously, identify the households without electricity in district Udhampur also asked to share the power cut schedules with consumers and PRIs so that people know about these in advance.Advisor directed Director Tourism to identify the potential tourism sites and upgrade the existing tourism sites with modern facilities and submit proposal for requirement of funds if any. He also asked to identify the parking space for Patnitop and submit the necessary proposal. Development authorities were directed to upgrade the bedding capacity and other tourist facilities at their destinations.DDC highlighted the various initiatives taken by the District Administration Udhampur for socio –economic development, and strengthening of the PRIs.Advisor directed for involving PRIs in generation of mass awareness for containment of COVID-19 spread and also stressed for aggressive testing in identified red zones. He also advised to give special care to people above 60 years, with chronic disease, pregnant women and other vulnerable groups.