District Development Board Udhampur that met under the chairmanship of Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh approved an annual plan outlay of Rs. 187.53 crore for the financial year 2017-18 for the development of the district.
Minister of State for Finance, Planning, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ajay Nanda, Vice-Chairman, J&K State Board for Welfare and Development of OBCs, Rashpaul Verma, Vice Chairperson, J&K State Advisory Board for Welfare and Development of Scheduled Castes, Bhushan Lal Dogra, Legislators, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Dina Nath Bhagat, R S Pathania, Sham Lal Bhagat, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Niraj Kumar and heads of various departments and district officers were present in the meeting.
Stressing on the need-based development of various far flung areas of the district, the Chairman called upon the district heads to consult MLAs before undertaking various developmental works and formulating future planning and DPRs in the district to address the problems of the people in their respective constituencies.
The Minister directed the Rural Development Department to project the liabilities created under different schemes so that the pending wages of the poor laborers can be cleared at the earliest and asked the district heads to furnish the ‘Utilization Certificates’ on time for the early release of funds.
Laying stress on prioritizing some vital sectors, the Chairman directed for flagging development of sports infrastructure in the district to engage the youth in various sports activities. He said the district has lot of sports potential and it is the endeavor of the Government to create appropriate infrastructure and facilities to nurture the available talent.
Flagging another vital potential sector, the Chairman called for paying focused attention to exploit the areas which are rich in horticulture production. He directed the officers of Horticulture Department to identify the potential areas and formulate the calendar of activities to promote this sector, which he said can help greatly in boosting the local as well as State’s economy.
Regarding the development of sericulture sector, Minister asked the concerned officials to lay focus on raising mulberry trees to use them for rearing silk worms only. Regarding the promotion of tourism in the district, the Chairman directed the CEO PDA to lay focus on the development of various tourist spots like Dudu, Basantgarh and Panchari also so that the influx of the tourists in the district can be increased.
The Chairman further asked various district heads to implement the decisions taken in the DDB meeting in letter and spirit.
MoS Ajay Nanda laid stress on the development of infrastructure at the site of Moungri Mela at Brahamchari temple and also emphasized on holding awareness camps at both Tehsil and block level so that the common masses could avail benefit from them.
Legislators also projected the area specific demands for the development of their constituencies and also highlighted various problems being faced by the people and need to be attended on priority. The issues which were projected mainly pertained to upgradation of infrastructure in Electricity, Roads, Education, supply of essentials, drinking water, health and water in their areas.
Earlier, District Development Commissioner Udhampur, Niraj Kumar briefed the meeting about the physical and financial progress achieved under different schemes/sectors in the district.