Bandipora, May 14: Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad along with SSP Bandipora Lakshay Sharma on Sunday initiated a two-day marathon tour to Gurez Valley in order to review the developmental works in the area.
The locals of Gurez warmly welcomed the DC and thanked him for visiting their doorsteps to review various developmental projects and take feed from the general public. During the visit locals, PRI members, several delegations and civil society called upon the DC and raised various demands and issues for disposal.
Dr Owais chaired a meeting with the officers of the sub-division to discuss the progress and implementation of the ongoing developmental projects. The meeting was attended by Sub Divisional Magistrate Gurez, Dr Mudasir and the heads of the departments besides other officers.
During the meeting, the DC directed the officers to ensure the timely completion of the projects and to maintain the quality of work. He instructed them to identify new projects that would benefit the local population and bring prosperity to the area.
The DC emphasized the importance of involving the local community in the developmental process and urged the officers to ensure their participation in decision-making. Dr Owais took stock of the developmental works and other projects in the area. He directed the officers to expedite the work on these projects so that the people could avail of the benefits at the earliest.
On this occasion, the DC directed the Sheep Husbandry Department to devise a proper plan for the seasonal migration of livestock. He stressed for necessary measures to be taken up well in advance for the vaccination of livestock.
The DC asked the health department to improve health care services across the subdivision. He said that there is a need to further improve the health infrastructure. The officials from Jal Shakti Department informed that JJM works are soon commencing across the Sub Division.
Dr Owais also directed the Education Department to improve the standards in imparting education. In order to spread awareness regarding drug abuse, the DC directed the officers of the Education Department to hold awareness sessions under Nasha Mukht Bharat Abhiyan (NMB) in all the educational institutions across the Sub Division.
“Our society especially the youth must be imparted awareness regarding the life-threatening impacts of drug abuse. The valley must be declared drug-free in the near future,” he said, adding that the administration is committed to controlling the menace of drug abuse across the district.
DC expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the developmental works in the area and appreciated the efforts of the officers in charge of the projects. He also assured the people of Gurez Valley that the administration is committed to the overall development of the area and will continue to work towards it.
The visit of the Deputy Commissioner to Gurez Valley is a part of the administration's efforts to reach out to the people living in far-flung areas of the district and to ensure that their developmental needs are met. The administration is committed to bringing prosperity to the area and improving the quality of life of the people living in the Gurez Valley.