Azad Burns Midnight Oil To Solve Public Woes
21 February 2006
The Indian Express
Jammu: Exhibiting patience and public interest, the Chief Minister set an example when he received deputation from far-flung and remote areas of backward Doda district throughout the night. He started meeting with them at 10 pm and continued till 2 am. During this period, he interacted with them open-heartedly and listened to their problems. Villagers, who were apprehensive about getting time from the Chief Minister, seeing his busy schedule, were surprised when he interacted with all of them. A number of deputations had come from various parts of Doda district with their problems and demands. The Chief Minister usually stays in the office till 11 pm, and leaves only after clearing the files. During the interaction, the Chief Minister urged the people to take full benefits of Centrally- sponsored welfare schemes launched for Doda. He said the National Rural Employment Guarantees Scheme is a Centrally-sponsored programme launched in Doda, under which people can get 100-day employment guarantee within 5 kms of the work project. Members of the deputation from Bhadarwah Municipal Committee, led by its president Javed Azad, demanded allotment of adequate funds for development of the town, provision of more safai karamchari, construction of bus stands, installation of streetlights and early construction of municipal office, girls youth hostel and stadium at Degree College at Bhadarwah. The deputation from Doda among other things demanded filling up of vacant posts in various educational institutions, posting of Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, in the district and execution of rural road links. Another deputation from Bhadarwah led by N.K. Gupta, senior PCC leader, met the Chief Minister and welcomed the steps taken by him for making Jammu and Kashmir a khush-hal state. They also sought setting up of Forest Training College in Bhaderwah, construction of Jai-Joura-Kahara and Jai-Jatota-Gandoh roads, infrastructure development for Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Bhaderwah, premixing on Sharekhi link road, construction of alternate road from Gupt Ganga bridge Jai road to university complex with link to Garh Sartingal-Chamba road. They also demanded handing over the shrines, yatras and Mela Pat festivals to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, declaration of August 21, 22 as public holidays on account of holy Kailash yatra and August 29 to 31 public holidays in view of historical Mela Pat at Bhadarwah. The deputation from Kishtwar headed by Ghulam Hyder Sheikh, Vice-President, PCC, demanded district status for Kishtwar, speedy construction of degree college complex and power projects through NHPC, opening of polytechnic college at Kishtwar, air service from Jammu to Kishtwar-Srinagar-Marwah, Padder and Wadan, special employment drive for educated youth of the area and regularisation of daily wagers working in the Forest Department. The deputations from Banihal, Ramban, Assar and Marwah also called on the Chief Minister and gave their demands for redressal.