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Union Minister e-inaugurates various projects in Bandipora

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BANDIPORA: As a part of Central Government’s outreach to J&K, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday e-inaugurated various developmental projects in Bandipora. He also participated in Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav activities and met several public delegations.
During his visit, the Minister formally e-inaugurated the 1000 LPM Oxygen Generation Plant at Government District Hospital Bandipora installed at the cost of Rs 6.75 Crores. He also inaugurated the complex of Government Middle School Saderkoot Bala and Government Primary School Sadunara.
The Minister also released a book on domestic violence compiled by Mahila Shakti Kendra Bandipora and One Stop Centre Bandipora in collaboration with the district administration.
Urging people to take benefits from various Central Government schemes, the Minister said that the Government has undertaken several initiatives for the overall development of the people with special focus on empowerment of the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of the society.
He said that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has been implementing various schemes for the social, educational and economic development of the target groups with considerable improvement.
Sharing the vision of the Prime Minister, Athawale said that “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas” slogan by the Prime Minister is not merely a slogan but a mission that will ensure the paradigm shift in the socio-economic condition of the people who belong to the weaker sections of the society. He said that the PM wants his ministers to assess on-ground situation and take feedback from the public to bring about positive changes.
Later the minister interacted with public delegations who highlighted their grievances and raised several demands before the Minister. Shri Athwale assured that the government will attend to their grievances on priority basis.
Later the minister also visited sector headquarter BSF at Madder and interacted with BSF Jawans. He hailed their services in protecting the lives of the people and the integrity of the country.
Athwale was accompanied by Chairman District Development Council Abdul Gani, Deputy Commissioner Dr. Owais Ahmad, Director General Social Welfare Department B. A. Dar, Additional District Development Commissioner Ali Afsar Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police Mohammad Zahid, Additional Deputy Commissioner Zahoor Ahmad Mir, and other senior officers of the district.
Kumar, later visited dam site of 1000 MW Pakal Dul Hydro Electric Project, being executed by CVPPL, a joint venture of NHPC and JKSPDC, at Drangdhuran in Kishtwar district to inspect ongoing construction works in the dam complex.
Union Secretary, after having a brief overview about the project layout, inspected the ongoing construction works on the diversion tunnel. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of progress on the works being executed under the project.
He asked the concerned to ensure that construction work on coffer dam and Concrete Face Rockfill dam can be commenced at the earliest for completion of the prestigious project within scheduled time. “Completion of this project will not only add to existing electricity generation capacity but will contribute immensely towards growth and development of the district and the UT as well”, he maintained.
He expressed hope that the power projects in Kishtwar in particular and in Jammu and Kashmir in general will play vital role in providing employment to the local populace.
Managing Director, CVPPL, Rajat Gupta; Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Ashok Kumar Sharma; Head of Project, Narender Kumar and other senior officers of CVPPL and district administration were present on the occasion.

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