Islamabad: Come June 25, when the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will visit valley, in addition to other issues of prime public importance, the matter regarding speedy release of land compensation cases under PMGSY in various parts of the state will also be taken up with Dr Singh. This was stated by the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather, who is also the Chairman of the District Development Board Islamabad while chairing the Board meeting held Saturday to finalize the current year’s annual plan. Besides, enhancement of allocations under RKVY for setting up of income generating units under sheep, animal husbandry and floriculture would also be taken up with the Prime Minister. The meeting took a detailed review of physical and financial achievements of the last year’s plan out lay and also discussed targets for the current financial year. The Board approved current year’s plan out lay for the district Islamabad to the tune of Rs. 110.80 crore which includes Rs. 75.37 crore as capital component and Rs. 35.43 crore as revenue component. It was informed that 97 per cent of the previous year’s plan out lay, which was almost the same, has been expended on various schemes.Speaking on the occasion, Rather asked the executing agencies and departments to give further push forward to the development works and welfare schemes adding that “we should avail maximum possible benefits of the unprecedented flow of funds for various flagship central schemes. This golden opportunity needs to be fructified into a sustained socio-economic transformation by putting our heads together”, Rather added.
While expressing dismay over slow pace of work on Islamabad-Simthan-Kishtwar road, Rather asked the BEACON authorities to expedite work on this important alternate highway. He also asked the PHE department to make all the 68 water filtration plants in the district functional so that people can get clean drinking water.
The district development commissioner, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, besides presenting the details about physical and financial achievements registered during last fiscal also highlighted some major ongoing projects of public importance that need special funding under State plan for completion.In response, Rather assured that all these issues will be taken up with the higher authorities for consideration and approval.