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Union MoS Finance reviews development works, CSS visits Shopian

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Shopian: The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Finance, Pankaj Chaudhary  on Thursday visited district Shopian under third phase of the public outreach programme to assess the ground level development scenario and implementation of Central Sponsored Schemes (CSS).

The programme is also aimed at listening to public issues.

During his visit, the minister stressed upon officers to provide more employment avenues to youth, focus on infrastructure development and promote entrepreneurship ventures so that more employment opportunities are provided to the youth.

Chaudhary emphasized upon the need for taking intensified efforts for achieving best results of development and welfare outcomes for the larger interests of people.

The minister called for universal coverage of people in economically productive activities and said that employment creation and entrepreneurship should be the topmost priority of administration.

He also held a meeting and interacted with DDC, BDC members, MC counsellors and other PRI members to listen to issues and demands put forward for consideration and appropriate action from him.

DDC members raised the issue of low rates of apples, transportation and marketing problems being faced by the transporters and growers.

They also sought separate Mechanical Division for the district in view of heavy snowfall in the district and Industrial Training Institute in the district, MSP for apple crop, implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), University Campus / Women’s College, Maternity and Child Care Hospital and increasing budget allocation of Municipal Council among other issues of public importance.

Later, the minister laid e-foundation of three road projects namely up gradation of Chitragam Heff including Heffkhurry Malderia Road, Up gradation of Amshipora Checki Mirzapur Sedow road and Pahalipora Naidgund Road, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,155 lakhs.

Later the MoS visited Fruit Mandi Aglar and met fruit growers, traders and transporters.

President Association highlighted the economic significance of the Mandi and informed that annual business turnover of the Mandi is around Rs 4,000 crore and about 10,000 persons are directly or indirectly employed with it.

He sought government intervention for making efforts for its betterment, especially construction of flood protection wall around it.

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