STATE TIMES NEWS UDHAMPUR: As part of the central government’s public outreach programme, Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Diary and Fisheries, Giriraj Singh on Friday conducted public outreach programme, here at Sudhmahadev. The outreach programme witnessed overwhelming participation of BDC Chairpersons, Sarpanchs, Panchs and general public hailing from adjoining areas. Member Parliament Raj Sabha, Shamsher Singh Manhas; Secretary Rural Development Department & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda; District Development Commissioner, Udhampur Dr. Piyush Singla; SSP, Rajiv Omparkash Pandey; Director Sheep Husbandry, Sanjeev Kumar; Director Animal Husbandry, Vivek Gupta; ADDC, Ashok Kumar; besides other district Officers were also present. Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister said that the purpose of conducting outreach programme is to assess the progress on the implementation of government schemes on the ground and get feedback from the public. He said that the Central Government is committed to the development of Union Territory of J&K and listed projects sanctioned for strengthening its health, education, road connectivity and infrastructure base of other vital sectors. Later, the union minister inaugurated a tourist cafeteria in the area and asked the management to serve local organic products to the tourists. He also asked the Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry department to explore the use of cow dung in candle making and other useful products, so that farmers get good value. Meanwhile, the Union Minister also paid obeisance at the holy Shiv Mandir at Sudhmahadev and prayed for peace and prosperity of country. During the visit, Singh also inaugurated 1×6.30 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving station and cafeteria at Sudhmahadev, various works of RDD, executed under 14th FC, MGNREGA, SBM, and PMAY and laid foundation stone of Improvement /Metalling of circuit road SudhMahadev to Ramnagar via Dudu -Basantgarh road.
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