KUPWARA: Union Additional Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Shantmanu, who is also Central Prabhari Officer for Kupwara, Thursday asked the officers and field functionaries to step up efforts towards rapid growth and infrastructural development in the district ensuring optimum utilization of liberal funding by the Centre government.
Shantmanu, who is on a two day visit to Kupwara district, was addressing a meeting of district administration convened to review implementation of schemes under Aspirational District Programme (ADP) besides assessing other development programmes.
Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Imam Din, ADC Kupwara, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Joint Director Planning, Abdul Majeed and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
Union Additional Secretary asked the officers to ensure completion of all development works and implementation of centrally sponsored schemes within the stipulated time frame. He exhorted upon the officers to be honest in giving feedback to government about the actual status of implementation of scheme at ground level besides highlighting existing.
Earlier, the meeting reviewed developmental scenario of the district with special focus of Aspirational District Programme including Health, Education, Agriculture, Financial inclusion and Skill Development besides discussing infrastructure building in the district.
Shantmanu also reviewed implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes and programmes in the district like Soil Health Cards, Aadhaar Seedling, MUDRA Loan, Self employment schemes, SANKALP etc.
He had a detailed review of all indicators of Aspirational District Programme. He was informed that Kupwara received PM’s Award of Excellence conferred by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 21st April this year besides the district was also conferred gold medal by Union Health Minister on 24th March at New Delhi for achieving more than 60 per cent reduction in TB Notification.
Regarding utilization of funds, the meeting was informed that NITI AYOG has released a grant of Rs. 3 crore during October 2020, of which, Rs.2.45 crore have been utilized till February 2021 towards implementation of various projects under Health and Nutrition, Education and Skill Development.
Later, Shantmanu accompanied by DC and concerned officers conducted field visit to personally inspect progress on several development projects being executed in the district.
During the visit, he inspected Health and Wellness Centre Shuloora and took stock of various sections of the hospital. He interacted with the senior citizens and patients to get feedback regarding the services being extended to them in the hospital. He inspected OPD section, ANC room, drug store, immunization centre, Yoga room and laboratory.
He also inspected PHC Trehgam and visited the stalls established there by JSS, ICDS and Handicrafts.
Later, he briefed the media about his visit saying that he will take up all issues and demands, received as a feedback from ground level, with the concerned authorities at the Central level.