No more job sales will be allowed in J&K:LG


“Governance for all and not for a privileged few”


POONCH: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Tuesday that no more job sales will be allowed in Jammu and Kashmir.
During his visit to the Poonch Border Belt, the Lt. Governor said that all culprits of the alleged irregularities in the recruitment exam for the sub-inspector, assistant financial accountant and junior engineer will be severely punished .
He said the government was working on the principle of “governance for all” and not for a privileged few. Dedicated efforts are being made to establish a corruption-free, drug-free and employment-oriented society, he added.
Sinha also expressed the strong will of the government to strengthen connectivity in border villages.
“14 road projects worth Rs. 50 crore launched today will bring prosperity and contribute to the overall development of the region,” Sinha said during the inauguration and foundation stone laying of several projects, including roads, worth Rs.195 cores to accelerate the development of 229 Panchayats in the district.
Upon his arrival, the Lieutenant Governor inaugurated Hockey Astro Turf at the Government Upper Secondary School Shaheed DySP Manjeet Singh and a boxing hall at the sports stadium and dedicated the facilities to the youth and sportsmen of the district.
During his visit to the Border District, the Lieutenant Governor initiated projects worth Rs. 78.80 Crores for the welfare of the tribal community and observed that several infrastructure projects including bridges, roads, electrical substations, smart classrooms, model villages will spearhead the cause of sustainable rural development.
14 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras will create local facilities to add value to traditional forest products and empower the tribal community. Various other benefits given to small farmland owners, people living in border villages will instill a sense of self-confidence, the lieutenant governor said.
20 mobile towers and a trauma center will soon be built in Poonch, the lieutenant governor announced. The Lieutenant Governor pointed out that over the past two years, the administration has tried diligently to ensure that the benefits of infrastructure and social welfare reach even the most remote villages of this border district.
Last year, a total of 1,734 projects were completed in Poonch, exceeding the capex target for the district. This year, under the district’s capex budget, Rs 924 crore has been allocated to the district for development works and out of 1,412 projects undertaken this year, 80% of the works will be completed by October 31, it said. he was informed.
The Lieutenant Governor also paid tribute to Padma Shri Mali, a female member of the Gujjar community who rescued Poonch in the 1971 war on this occasion. In tribute to Mali’s invaluable contribution to the country, Govt Degree College, Mandi will bear his name, he further announced.
“Effective measures will be taken by the district administration to sensitize the younger generations to its inspiring saga,” added the Lieutenant Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor said, “Poonch is our pride and several steps are being taken to transform its ecological wealth and develop innovative and environmentally sustainable ways of promoting tourism that will give greater impetus to other economic activities.
As an important step towards tapping the immense tourism potential of the district, the Noori Chhamb Tourism Infrastructure Development Project under the PMDP was also inaugurated today.
Observing that the tribal community has been waiting for social justice for years, the Lieutenant Governor said under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various programs have been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir and today every tribal family has obtained his long-standing constitutional rights.
Under the Prime Minister’s Job Creation Program (PMEGP), skills development for tribal youths has begun in Poonch and two batches of training have been completed. The government bears the expenses of tutoring young boys and girls from the tribal community for civil service exams, J&K administrative service, NEET, JEE exam, it was informed.
The Lieutenant Governor announced that there will be no shortage of funds for young people who aspire to become entrepreneurs.
In Poonch last year, up to 1479 young boys and girls were appointed entrepreneurs and they also provided employment for over 3500 people. Also this year, we have set ourselves the goal of creating 1,062 young entrepreneurs. Under Mission Youth’s Mumkin program, 97 vehicles have been distributed among the youth and under Tejaswini Yojana, we are moving towards fulfilling the dream of 300 girls to become entrepreneurs, the Lieutenant Governor noted.
The Lieutenant Governor said that the administration is particularly focusing on the development of border villages by ensuring the effective implementation of projects under BADP, Samridh Seema Yojana and Aspirational Block. 55 projects of Samridh Seema Yojna and 11 projects of Aspirational Block have been approved and their bidding process is underway, he observed.
Responding to inquiries from public officials and Poonch residents, the Lieutenant Governor assured that Mendhar, Poonch’s mini-secretariat will soon be completed. Power capacity in various areas of Poonch including Chandak, Mendhar and Loran will also be increased to meet the needs of the people.
Tazeem Akther, President of DDC, speaking on the occasion, expressed his gratitude to the government-led Lieutenant Governor of UT for taking reform measures for the holistic development of J&K.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, in his address commended the people of Poonch for the new projects initiated for the overall development of the district.
Inder Jeet, Deputy Commissioner Poonch gave the welcome address and Lawyer Sunil Sharma, Chairman MC Poonch presented the vote of thanks.
Later, the Lieutenant-Governor delivered letters of sanction to various beneficiaries under several schemes and also inspected stalls set up by various stakeholders on this occasion. The artists showed the Pahari and Gojri culture through their impressive performances. Projects worth Rs 45 crore inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor today include- Hockey Astro Turf at HSS Poonch costing Rs 5 cr; construction of Boxing Hall building at Sports Stadium Poonch worth Rs 30 lakh; development of Noori Chamb as a tourist site, Buffliaz in Surakote at a cost of Rs 3.95 cr; 50m span bridge at Behramgala costing Rs 2.17 cr; Government Degree College Auditorium Building in Poonch at a cost of Rs 4.55 cr; Bridge at Mendhar under CRF costing Rs 13.40 cr; Government Middle School Jaranwali Gali Mendhar and Nari under JTFRP worth Rs 99 lakh and 1.14 cr respectively; route from Ratti Jabri to Lower Sanjote via Kachar Mohalla Qazian costing Rs 2.19 cr; road improvement from Chandak to Shri Budha Amarnathji Shrine Mandi at a cost of Rs 11.66 cr.
Projects worth Rs 151.23 cr for which the Lieutenant Governor laid the foundation stone include the construction of District Development Council/PRI Residential Housing at Poonch worth Rs 7.25 cr, DDC Poonch office costing Rs 2.57 cr, BDC office buildings at Buffliaz & Mendhar costing Rs 97 lakhs each; 14 road projects under NABARD worth Rs 50 cr; Construction of Gujjar and Bakerwal inns in Surannote, Mendhar, Loran and Mankote costing 3.75 cr each; 49 model villages under PMAAGY worth 49 cr; Convergence Cluster Model Village with PMAAGY at a cost of Rs 10 cr; creation of electrical substations costing Rs 1.50 cr; Smart classrooms in schools in tribal areas costing Rs 1.20 cr; 14 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras projects worth Rs 2.10 cr and PMKSY WDC 2.0 costing Rs 10.65 cr.
Dignitaries present at the occasion included Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Mukesh Singh, ADGP Jammu; Ramesh Kumar, Jammu Divisional Commissioner; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Tribal Affairs; PRI members, people, especially young people in large numbers.


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