Kathua has enormous potential to become fulcrum of development: CS Chairs district review meeting besides presiding over Investors Meet, directs for expediting the face lifting works at UT entry point

KATHUA, MAY 30: Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting of Departmental heads to review ongoing development works including Central Sponsored Schemes (CSS) and other development projects at Conference hall of DC office Complex here.
At the outset, the Deputy Commissioner Kathua Rakesh Minhas gave a detailed account of the district development profile.
While chairing the meeting, Chief Secretary was apprised by the DC about the Physical and Financial achievements of the district so far besides sector wise proposed works under District Capex 2023-24.
It was given out in the meeting that the district and has achieved the completion of 1475.31 km of roads under Phase I, II & III of PMGSY wherein 459 habitations were provided road connectivity in twin PWD Divisions of Kathua and Billawar.
While sharing the status of Tap Water Connectivity scenario, it was informed that district has achieved over 50 % coverage wherein out of total 134135 Rural Household 66500 households were connected till March 2023.
Highlighting the achievements under MGNREGA, it was informed that Kathua district has generated 97.72% of Person Days, of which 50792 have been provided employment in the last fiscal.
Regarding allotment of affordable houses under PMAY, it was disclosed that against the target of constructing 10593 houses in Rural areas, 8557 houses have been constructed during 2022-23.
While giving account of the progress achieved under Border Bunker Scheme, it was apprised in the meeting that 1860 Individual Bunkers and 99 Community Bunkers have been completed till March 2023.
It was informed in the meeting that all 34 works have been completed under Aspirational Block Development Programme (ABDP) wherein assets of Education, Health, Power and RDD departments were created to facilitate people of remote areas of the district.
On JJM, Chief Secretary stressed on reducing the gap between LOI and allotments besides highlighting the achievements of JJM through intensive IEC campaigns. He also emphasized on ensuring active participation of Pani Samitis in maintenance of assets created under JJM.
Underscoring the importance of convergence amongst various line departments, the Chief Secretary called upon the concerned officers to put in concerted efforts to augment creation of quality assets under MGNREGA.
Dr. Mehta impressed upon the officers of RDD to infuse life by adding aesthetic value to the Amrit Sarovars making them living entities which besides catering to the water needs of the locals will also provide recreational facilities, reinvigorating the water table along with strengthening the salubrious milieu.
On SBM Gramin, Chief Secretary laid thrust on achieving the target before the stipulated timeline of 15th August, also called for roping in NGOs for Door to Door waste collection, disposal and recycling.
Emphasizing on the need for skill up gradation of unemployed youth in the district, Dr. Mehta instructed for devising skill development plan besides ensuring proper counseling so as to acquaint them with required skills to enable them for self employment avenues.
It was also given out in the meeting that Kathua administration has retrieved 119565 kanals of state land through anti-encroachment/ eviction drives, the Chief Secretary directed DC Kathua to prepare and submit a plan of utilization of the retrieved land to the Divisional Commissioner.
He also passed directions to the district administration to expedite the revamping and facelifting of entry point Lakhanpur so as to provide a pleasant and memorable experience to the visitors.
Stressing on the need for enhancing the GDP, Chief Secretary exhorted upon JKTPO, J&K Bank, District Industries centre to discuss modalities and formulate District Export Plan. He said Kathua has enormous potential to become the fulcrum of development.
Chief Secretary directed DC and SSP Kathua to make the District Drug free by adopting a well knit strategy through active community participation and keeping strict vigil on the nefarious elements. He further instructed the administration to conduct an exercise to declare panchayats as Drug free Zones and enforce the same strictly.
While deliberating upon the issue of tourism potential of Kathua District, Chief Secretary directed Director Tourism Jammu to explore all possibilities of giving fillip to adventure tourism by creating ample opportunities involving the youth through the Youth Clubs of Mission Youth.
Chief Secretary also met a delegation of PRIs led by DDC Chairperson Mahan Singh, Vice Chairman DDC Raghunandan Singh and others.
Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti, Shaleen Kabra; Commissioner Secretary, Information, IT, Prerna Puri; Commissioner Secretary, I&C Vikramjit Singh; Secretary PDMD Raghav Langar; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar; Director General I&C Jammu; Managing Director, JPDCL; Director Tourism Jammu; ADDC Kathua, ADC Kathua, ACD Kathua, ACR Kathua, Divisional and District Heads of Various departments were also present in the meeting.
Later, Dr. Mehta also inspected Industrial Estates of Bhagthali and Ghatti and inspected the progress of ongoing works and other facilities being established at these places.
During the visit, he held a detailed round of both the Industrial Estates and interacted with the industrialists. He was briefed on the roadmap for facilities and infrastructure being created at industrial estates.
At the site of J&K SIDCO Bhagthali, the Chief Secretary was apprised by the concerned officers about the headway achieved and the progress of augmentation works on the land allocated for industrial establishment.
Chief Secretary while discussing the modalities for starting the units, emphasized upon them to obtain all necessary clearances and bring all stakeholders on board so as to ensure fulfilment of all the prerequisites like uninterrupted power supply, drinking water, construction of bunds besides proper drainage system.
Highlighting that the J&K Industrial Policy-2020 has created an ecosystem for investment and industrial development and accelerated growth, Chief Secretary said that the present LG led Administration is committed to provide all necessary support and assistance to the industrialists. He said that the Government is taking all necessary steps to encourage industrial development in the region besides assuring that all issues of the industrialists are addressed on priority.
Chief Secretary also met Kathua Industrial Units Association representatives and discussed the issues projected by them at length He said that the Government is working towards attracting investments, creating employment opportunities and generating economic development in the region.

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