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Govt committed for focused development of border area: Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary

JAMMU: Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department and Prabhari Officer for Border Area Development Programme (BADP) on Tuesday said that govt is committed for focused development of border areas and accordingly steps are being taken.

He said this while reviewing the progress on various projects under implementation and feedback on Border Area Development Programme in District Poonch wherein proposals related to various projects also were discussed for developmental initiatives in border villages.

Dr Shahid Choudhary informed that Government is keen to develop infrastructure on modern lines in border areas with special focus on connectivity, livelihood, education, essential services and over-all socio-economic development.

Highlighting the recent steps taken by the Goverment for initiating concerted development he sought feedback from elected members and local administration for steps required to ensure overall development in border villages.

Earlier Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Inder Jeet gave detailed presentation about work under BADP covering 8 blocks and 112 habitations including nearly 300 works initiated under the scheme. He also gave an overview of issues faced in various projects and requirement of funds for completion of different schemes.

Chairperson, District Development Council Poonch, Tazeem Akhter, Vice-Chairman Mohammad Ishfaq, DDC members, BDC Chairpersons and officers attended the meeting wherein detailed deliberations were held on various sectoral works and feedback for further interventions required for strengthening infrastructure and socio-economic development in border villages.

Chairperson DDC Poonch, Tazeem Akhter, dwelled in plan formulation for 2021-22 and inclusion of provision for Model Villages under BADP. Vice-Chairman, Mohd Ishfaq projected the need for border tourism and inclusion of new projects.


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