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Sarmad reviews physical, financial progress of Tourism Deptt, TDAs

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SRINAGAR: Secretary Tourism Department Sarmad Hafeez on Thursday chaired a meeting to review the physical and financial progress of the department as well as preparation of revised budget estimates for the FY 2022-23 at civil secretariat here.
During the meeting, Sarmad Hafeez emphasized upon the officers of all agencies that allotted funds should be utilized to its optimum level and regular reports should be submitted on utilisation of funds.
He asked the officers that revised estimates should be prepared in consultation with line agencies.
He impressed upon the officers that the assets of the department should be utilised to its full potential besides the maintenance of these assets should also be done on a timely basis.
The secretary further asked the officers that the manpower should also be outsourced to manage the assets having a shortfall of human resource.
The secretary delved upon the officers to facilitate the aspiring youth for establishing home stay clusters as well as other infrastructure so that they are made self employed.
He asked the tourism department to organise camps for registration of youth under Home Stay scheme as it will create employability avenues for them.
While reviewing the facilities at tourist places, Sarmad Hafeez impressed upon the officers that all kinds of modern facilities at the tourist places besides the Golf Courses at Jammu and Kashmir should be maintained as per international standards so that maximum players are attracted to play at these places.
He also asked the Executive Director Mubarakh Mandi to organise events of cultural significance as well as Heritage walks at the heritage building so that maximum people are made aware of the culture and values of this place.
During the meeting, Sarmad Hafeez also emphasized upon the CEOs of Tourism Development Authorities to keep the component of Emergency stabilization in their revised budget estimates so that any kind of exigency in view adverse weather is timely dealt with.
The CEOs of each Tourism Development Authorities (TDA) and officers of other agencies gave a detailed report on the functioning and performance of their agencies.



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