Continuing the public outreach programme, Advisor K Vijay Kumar accompanied by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today listened to public grievances at Srinagar and Budgam.

The public delegations apprised them of the developmental needs of their respective areas and sought early redressal.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, DIG Central Kashmir V K Birdi, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Abid Rashid and Deputy Commissioner Budgam, DR Sehrish Asgar were also present during these separate public hearings.

At Budgam, various deputations and public delegations met the Advisor and raised their demands particularly regarding augmentation of electricity and potable water facilities, up-gradation of schools, macadamization of roads, enhancement of developmental funds, development of playgrounds, indoor stadiums and establishment of fruit mandi in various areas of the district.

Demanding widening of Humhama-Budgam Road, Budgam Development Forum said that work on the said project should be started at the earliest. They also demanded increase in Muharram funds, construction of indoor stadium and new Building for District Hospital Budgam, Bus Service for Girls up to GDC Budgam.

A delegation of Bemina Development & Welfare Forum requested for up-gradation of Goripora High School, robust drainage system at Khumaini Chowk, construction of Community Hall, Public Park and Playground, Sumo service between Budgam-Srinagar through Bemina route and segregation of power feeder for Khumaini Chowk.

Other delegations which met the Advisor included Ring Road Association, Numberdar Association, Samaj Sudhar Committee Humhama and various delegations from Chadoora, Chrar-e-Shareef, Khansaheb, Beerwah and Budgam who demanded uninterrupted electricity and water supply, setting of health centers and up-gradation of schools in their areas.

The Advisor also met students and youth delegations who raised their demands mainly of better sports related infrastructural facilities at their schools and other areas in Budgam.

After listening to the grievances, the Advisor asked the district administration headed by DC Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar to look into the issues/demands raised and act accordingly. He passed on spot directions to the concerned to ensure redressal of issues on priority.

He directed officers to ensure completion of pending developmental projects in time, prompt delivery of public services and speedy redressal of all public grievances.

Chief Secretary directed the officers to ensure completion of pending developmental projects in time and ensure prompt delivery of public services.

SSP Budgam, Tejinder Singh and senior officers of district administration were also present on the occasion.

Several delegations also met the Advisor at Srinagar this morning to apprise him about their concerns, demands and sought his intervention in resolution of the issues put forth by them.

From Handicraft/Handloom sector, number of delegations of artisans including Kashmir Carpet Manufacturers, Kashmir Pashmina Karigar Union, Handmade Copper Engravers Association, State/National Shilpguru Master Craftsman Association and representatives of various Handloom Cooperative Societies dealing in Pashmina, Kani Shawl & Raffal brought their demands and issues in the notice of government and requested for their early resolution.

On the occasion, various Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) interacted with the Advisor and Chief Secretary and informed them about their activities and sought help from the government for further expanding their activity area. They asked for providing marketing centres and dedicated stalls for selling of their products.

The delegation of Shehr-e-Khaas Traders Association raised issues pertaining to the development of the area. They asked for establishment of Primary Health Centre, New Fire Station and other developmental needs of the area.

Members of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) Srinagar also presented their demands including renovation, up-gradation works at Gurudwara Sahib at Lal Chowk damaged during floods. They also discussed various other issues for the development of religious places located in Kashmir as well as their community members.

A delegation comprising members of Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti and Zeethyar Temple put forth several issues including adequate security arrangements, maintenance and development of shrines/temples.

A group of delegation from Naqshbandh Sahib, Dastgeer Sahib, Makhdoom Sahib, Hazratbal Shrine and Khanqa-e-Moula met the Advisor and requested for development of these shrines and execution of up-gradation works here.

A group of youth from Old City Srinagar met the Advisor and requested for providing some self-employment opportunities ensuring their bright future.

A delegation of Walnut Artisans called for slashing down the GST rate on Walnut products from 18 % to 5 %, insurance cover for the Walnut artisans, government support in online selling of products etc.

The delegation from Nandpora, Dal including of Shikara & Houseboat Owner Association requested for conservation of Dal Lake, proper rehabilitation plan for Dal dwellers etc. Chief Secretary while speaking to the members informed that the government is working on a proper rehabilitation plan for the people residing in Dal and effective Dal conservation plan is under execution.

The members of Paper-Machie Association urged the government for revival of this old traditional art and plan for promotion of Paper-Machie products.

A delegation of Award-Winning Artisans also met the Advisor and put-forth their demands for resolution.

          Meanwhile other delegations including Traders Association of Batamaloo, United Quarry Association, Masjid Committee Eidgah, Masjid Committee, New Colony Eidgah and few others also interacted with the Advisor and requested for resolution of their concerns and demands.

Assuring the delegations after giving them patient hearing, the Advisor said that all issues that have come to notice during the interaction have been noted and will be looked into seriously for their resolution. He asked the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar for speedy redressal of all public grievances and looking into the issues which were raised by the delegations during the interaction.

All the genuine issues/demands of the people must be resolved in timely manner, the Advisor said adding that the people coming to the district administration with their concerns must be listened to and resolved accordingly. The developmental works already been initiated needs to be completed in given timeframe which automatically would lessen the public grievances.

During the public interaction, Chief Secretary passed on spot instructions to the Deputy Commissioner and said that within his permissible limit whatever is possible should be done at the earliest. There are certain demands/issues that can be resolved at DC level and rest of the concerns would be taken up with the concerned departments, CS added.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Syed Abid Rasheed Shah and SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray were present during the public interaction programme.

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