Agriculture and related sectors continue to serve and support Doda’s economic activities: LG Sinha
Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha, during his visit to Doda, chaired a meeting to review progress in the implementation of central government and UT programs and mega development projects on the ground in the district.
After Poonch and Kishtwar, this was the lieutenant governor’s third district visit in three days.
The Lieutenant Governor inaugurated the new Government Degree College Kilhotran worth Rs 11.99 cr and a 125 meter carriage bridge over the Chenab River including a 7.30 km access road to Sui Gwari, Doda completed at a cost of Rs 14.85 cr.
The Lieutenant Governor also launched a portal dedicated to promoting new ideas and innovation.
The Lieutenant Governor presented a four-pronged strategy: accelerating infrastructure development, providing credit to young people and farmers, giving special impetus to the food processing industry and strengthening the mechanism to provide basic equipment to all.
People-centred plans should target the last person in line in terms of service delivery and livelihoods. MICs and district administration need to integrate plans and identify development activities that could be implemented through convergence, the lieutenant governor observed.
The Lieutenant Governor provided an update on interventions to improve farmer incomes and encouraged the use of modern agricultural technologies within the farming community. He instructed officers to encourage farmers to diversify and reap the benefits of UT government programs for mechanization, irrigation facilities and agricultural extension.
The Lieutenant Governor said, “Agriculture and related sectors continue to serve and support Doda’s economic activities.
Our focus is on strengthening the cultivation of floriculture, especially marigold and lavender, so that Doda can be compared to the best in the country in terms of competitiveness, observed the lieutenant governor.
The Lieutenant Governor directed the district administration to prepare a comprehensive district plan for agriculture and related sectors in coordination with SKUAST. He further called for more emphasis on One District One Product so that the export of agricultural products is increased significantly, directly impacting farmers’ incomes.
The Lieutenant Governor requested a comprehensive report on the progress of key projects including GMC Doda, construction of the Medical College campus, residential neighborhoods and University Hospital; Expansion of NH-244, High Altitude Medicinal Factory (AYUSH) at Bhaderwah; Government Degree College, Kastigarh; Multi-purpose indoor sports hall in Doda; Government Polytechnic Doda; 100 Bedded Hospital in Gandhoh and directed to ensure timely completion of ongoing projects.
Regarding the prestigious mega project of NH-244, the Lieutenant Governor has ordered the authorities of NHIDCL to hire more manpower and machinery so that the project can be completed on schedule. The Lt Governor also ordered the authorities to take all road safety measures along the National Road by installing guardrails, regular vehicle checks, radium signage to prevent accidents.
On various ongoing road projects under CRIF, NABARD, Languishing and PMGSY, the Lt Governor has directed the Forestry Department to resolve all deforestation issues in coordination with the relevant departments.
The Lieutenant Governor announced the Thathri-Gandoh road as the trunk road.
He ordered the implementing agencies to connect the pending dwellings with road connectivity as a matter of priority. He also instructed the district administration to develop a district employment plan to identify young people to be assisted under various government programs, and also set the goal of self-employment creation. at each level of the panchayat.
While addressing the problem of shortage of teaching staff and doctors at the Government Medical College, the Lieutenant Governor directed the Senior GMC to advertise all vacancies so that a chance would be given to the locals to have the opportunity to serve the people.
“Immediate steps must be taken to engage physicians and faculty for the best patient care and smooth running of the GMC,” the lieutenant governor said.
Assessing the progress made under the Jal Jeevan mission, the Lieutenant Governor directed the Department of Jal Shakti to motivate local and youth entrepreneurs to participate in the tender so that all targeted projects are executed on the land well in time.
The Lieutenant Governor said 4 Atal Tinkering Labs, 3 KGBV and 5 girl hostels have been sanctioned and many other steps are being taken to strengthen the education sector.
Underscoring the importance of Block Diwas and Thana Diwas, the Lieutenant Governor directed all civil service and police officers to ensure prompt redress of people’s grievances.
With regard to the digitization of Jamabandies and the distribution of land books, the Lieutenant Governor directed the relevant tax authorities to ensure that public visitation offices for registration do not suffer unnecessary delays in the process. He further ordered the completion of the digitization of land registers and the distribution of land booklets within a set deadline.
The President was briefed on the achievements recorded under CRIF, NABARD, PWD, District Capex, Languishing, Jal Jeevan Mission, assets created under MGNREGA, PMAY, SBM, KCC, PM Kisan, Poshan Abhiyan, digitization of tax records, Amrit Sarovar, PMGSY , Aspirational Block, Back to Village, Job Creation Programs; proposed industrial zones in the district, in addition to the saturation of social protection and social security schemes.