STATE TIMES NEWSSRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor J&K Girish Chander Murmu on Thursday chaired a joint security review meeting in Kulgam in which he took a detailed review of existing security arrangements regarding upcoming Amarnath Yatra. The meeting was attended by DGP J&K Dilbag Singh, Div Com Kashmir Pandurang K Pole, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, DIG (SKR)Anantnag Atul Kumar Goyal, DIG CRPF Dalip Singh Ambesh, SP Kulgam Gurinder Pal Singh, CO 18/Bn CRPF Gaurav Singh, along with other officers of Security forces of District Kulgam. During the meeting, Superintendent of Police Kulgam briefed the Lieutenant Governor about various drives launched by Kulgam Police to tackle anti social elements in the District. He also briefed about the necessary arrangements put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, and arrangements in place at the ground level for forging coordination among different forces deployed in the District for maintaining law and order. Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu applauded the efforts of security forces in maintaining peace and stability, and for preventive measures which have been taken to eradicate the spread of Coronavirus. He laid focus on strengthening coordination among the forces so as to ensure crime free society. Lieutenant Governor emphasized upon better and close coordination between all agencies to ensure smooth conduct of Amarnath Yatra, and for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, during his visit to District Kulgam, the Lt Governor interacted with about 15 delegations including representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, traders’ federation, Auquaf committees, transporters, fruit and vegetable growers association, senior citizens and ST community members to take first hand appraisal of the developmental needs of the area, besides taking stock of the various projects and works under execution. The Lt Governor also inaugurated projects and laid foundations stones of various works of public importance. During the interaction, the members of the delegations put forth a number of demands pertaining to drinking water, power supply, package for transporters, augmentation of receiving stations, flood protection bunds for residential areas, installation of solar lights for remote ST areas, development of play fields, beautification of Veshoo Nallah, approval for Polytechnic College at Yaripora and early completion of PHC Yaripora, Transformer and restoration of power supply to the Badijalan and completion of works already taken under B2V2, besides release of work done claims of the years 2016 to 2018 taken and executed under MGNREGA. The Lieutenant Governor observed that the government is putting dedicated efforts in reaching out to the people of J&K to address their issues and grievances and meet their developmental aspirations. He assured the delegations about quick redressal of the problems and fulfillment of their genuine demands. He also said that an amount of Rs 1200 crore has been already sanctioned for upgradation of Power infrastructure, and directed Superintending Engineer PDD to restore power supply to the remote areas within 15 days. He further directed the concerned Engineers for completion of languishing projects for which funds have already been released. He said that the Government is providing free Health Insurance to about 25 lakh families of J&K under Ayushman Bharat scheme. Further, Power, Roads, Healthcare and Education are the priority sectors for the government, for which the administration is working tirelessly, he added. He directed DDC Kulgam to identify land for the rehabilitation of victims of 2014 floods belonging to Adigatnoo village. The Lieutenant Governor also sanctioned Rs 2 crores for completion of bypass road from Laroo to fruit mandi, including construction of embankment at three vulnerable spots at Khudwani on Nallah Veshoo. During his visit, the Lt Governor laid the foundation stone of 50-bedded integrated AYUSH hospital at an estimated cost of Rs. 7.50 Cr, steel truss bridge over Zadran nallah at Kanchloo Kund with an estimated cost of Rs. 45 lakhs under the 13th Finance Commission. He also e-inaugurated a ramp and lift facility in District Hospital Kulgam, Rural Haat at Devsar at an estimated cost of Rs 84 lakhs, double circuit 11 KV line from Nillow to Mohammad Pora Kulgam under PMDP and a 2×10 MVA receiving station at Yaripora . Those present included Member Parliament, Nazir Ahmad Laway, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole, DDC Kulgam, Dr. Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Directors of Education, Health, Rural Development, Chief Engineers of R&B, Jal Shakti, I&FC and District officers.
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