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FACE TO FACE WITH SUNIL SHARMA / THE UNION MINISTER APPROVED RS 1200 CRORE FOR THE UP-GRADATION OF MAJOR ROUTES ACROSS J&K

VIJAY GUPTA VG: Centre has approved up gradation and construction of new roads in J&K, what is the present status? SS: It is true that the centre is very compassionate to help us to pace up the developmental works and in this regard we also sought cooperation and help from the Union Minster on uplifting various developmental programmes, which include the construction of new roads and up-gradation of other developmental works. The Union Minister approved Rs 1200 crore for the up-gradation of major routes across Jammu and Kashmir, assuring that all the possible help would be provided to the State for completing road projects. VG: Government has also announced many skill development programmes, what is their status? SS: To upgrade the skills of youth in our state, the union ministry also announced a Skill Development programme in the State, which he said would focus on capacity building among the youth in the construction of the tunnels. Under these programmes, nearly a dozen of tunnels have been approved across the State so far, which would need highly skilled youth for construction. The Union Minister also assured that the major construction works would be handed over to the locals for participating in the mega developmental activities which include tunnels like Zojila, Highways, ring road for Srinagar and Jammu cities. VS: What are the major projects approved by the government to strengthen the national highways? SS: To strengthen the road network at National highways, the State Government has submitted a proposal of Rs 13 crore regarding the restoration of the road between Batote and Kishtwar, which is witnessing enormous road accidents.
The Union Minister responded positively to the State request for reviewing of the constriction of national highways stretch between Banihal and Ramban to make it an all-weather road for the State.
We are stressing on creating viable environment for the in-land water transportation across the region. The Union Minister asked us work for the promotion and viable marketability of the handicraft and dry-fruit products of the State.
VG: Development of airstrip at Kishtwar is an old demand, when the people should get an airstrip?
SS: In order to finalize the modalities for development of airstrip at Kishtwar, a high-level meeting of the civil administration, Army and the Airport Authorities of India was held in which the pros and cons for the development of Airstrip at Kishtwar for the benefits of large chunk of population of Kishtwar and neighboring districts were discussed.
Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), the Airstrip is being developed at Kishtwar, which can be used by the civil population as well as by the defence personnel without any hindrance.
I want to inform the people that a team of high level officers will soon visit Kishtwar to have further discussions on the issue to finalize the matter.
 
* Police is here to serve the people and it is our duty to provide them a better life, in a crime free and peaceful atmosphere. * This was stated by the Director General of Police (DGP) Dr SP Vaid, during an exclusive interaction with the Young Bites. --------- Here are the excerpts. Vijay Gupta VG: As being the head of police family, what is your thrust for providing more facilities to your men? SP: Police family is a very big family which comprises of about 1 lakh and twenty thousand personnel, who works for day and night every day with a motive to provide the people a better and peaceful life. In this regard, we launch many welfare measures time to time. Recently, our big achievement was to provide promotions to many personnel, which has been approved by the government as a big welfare measure. Enhancement of ex-gratia for my men is also big news and we are trying our best to enhance this amount as compared to the ex-gratia amount, which is provided to the security personnel of other belt forces. There was a need for the reforms in health insurance, and I wanted to share here that we have started providing this scheme for our men at Narayana Hospital, in Katra, where every police personnel and his family members should get 15 pc discounts in their bills. Memorandum with the JK Bank is also a new welfare measure, under which every police person can avail a loan facility upto Rs 20 lakh rupees without any paper work and formality. Meanwhile for better entertainment facilities, we have signed a memorandum with the LG Company to provide electronic items to our men at the CSD rates and to provide better housing facilities to our men, who are protecting many important persons, I have asked my officers to provide them better housing facilities instead of tents. VG: Less quantity of ration to police personnel as compared to the security personnel of other belt forces is a regular complaint, why? DGP: This is true that the police of our state are getting less quantity of ration as compared to the security personnel of other belt forces; the issue has been resolved with the intervention of our Chief Minister. Now they are getting enhanced ration supply but still this quantity is less and we are trying our best to provide them adequate supply of ration earliest. VG: Housing colony for the retired police personnel is an old pending demand, is there any plan to provide them a housing colony? DGP: We are very keen to provide a housing colony for our men and this issue is still in progress with the government. There is delay as till date the government has not finalized the land for the construction of a housing colony. Once, the land is finalized we will start the construction for providing a housing colony. This was not all that the son of the soil and DGP Dr SP Vaid has to say about his department and his men, who are serving the people for better and peaceful life.
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