Scant attention


Several Administrative Departments have been paying scant attention towards the vital decisions taken by the District Development Boards of Rajouri and Poonch over one year back despite words of caution from the respective Chairmen. Moreover, for want of necessary cooperation, timely decision and financial assistance many directions passed from this platform over three years back are still on papers much to the disappointment of the people of twin border districts. District Development Board of Rajouri, in its meeting held on March 16, 2017 under the chairmanship of Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, was apprised that Rajouri Development Authority has formulated six projects including Rs 38.43 crore Eco-Tourism Park for Patli Qila and submitted the same to the Tourism Department for approval and release of funds. Keeping in view importance of these projects from tourism promotion point of view, the District Development Board had stressed upon the Rajouri Development Authority to vigorously pursue the projects with the Tourism Department so as to ensure immediate start of work on these projects.
However, no seriousness was shown either by the Rajouri Development Authority or by the Tourism Department to strictly implement the directions of the DDB, sources said, adding the district administration on its part has carried out some works through convergence mode in respect of Eco-Tourism Park at Patli Qila but Tourism Department only released meager amount of Rs 20 lakh that too few days before the closure of 2017-18 financial year. For want of timely clearance of projects and subsequent release of sufficient funds the decision of the Rajouri DDB has remained unimplemented till date and similar is the fate of the decision regarding construction of hanging garden near Rajouri Fort by the Rajouri Development Authority as despite availability of sufficient land no major work was carried out during the past over one year. Semi-finished cafeteria is the only work which is visible on ground and that even encroachments have taken place on the land identified for hanging garden project. What to talk of decisions of DDB meeting of 2017-18, the fate of decisions taken by the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at this platform in 2015 is also hanging in balance till date”, sources said while pointing towards establishment of ITI at Kotranka and Darhal in Rajouri.

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