Jammu, November 15 (HS): The Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, chaired a meeting on Wednesday to assess the preparations for the first phase of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra (VBSY), set to commence in Budhal and Gurez areas of Rajouri and Bandipora districts, respectively, on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by Rohit Kansal, Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Textiles and Prabhari Officer for Jammu and Kashmir, along with various officials including Sanjeev Verma (Commissioner Secretary GAD), Vijay Kumar Bidhuri (Divisional Commissioner Kashmir), Anand Jain (IGP, Jammu), Ramesh Sharma (Divisional Commissioner Jammu), Piyush Singla (Secretary Planning), Deputy Commissioners, and SSPs of Bandipora and Rajouri districts, among others.
During the meeting, the Chief Secretary emphasized that the VBSY, a unique Yatra, represents a significant initiative aimed at accelerating development and progress across the country. He highlighted its potential to serve as a catalyst in the ongoing developmental journey of Jammu and Kashmir, promoting inclusivity and sustainable growth in the region.
Dr. Mehta stressed the paramount importance of proper coordination among all stakeholders involved in the VBSY in Jammu and Kashmir, especially for the launch of the Yatra on November 15th from Budhal and Gurez areas of Rajouri and Bandipora districts.
He urged the Deputy Commissioners of both districts to conduct trial runs of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Vans, among other aspects, before the Yatra’s commencement. The Chief Secretary also called upon the DCs and SSPs to ensure foolproof security arrangements for the Yatra and coordinate a suitable media plan with the Information department for effective coverage. Additionally, he instructed the DCs to establish district control rooms to monitor the Yatra and address any contingencies that may arise.
The meeting also highlighted that the Yatra’s progress will be continuously monitored through a real-time IT portal and a mobile-responsive platform. The Yatra will begin in the rest of the districts of Jammu and Kashmir from November 20th.
The Government of India is providing 107 mobile IEC vans to cover 4291 Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir over 20 days. The Yatra will pass through 78 towns, focusing on various developmental schemes, including PM SvaNidhi, PM Vishwakarma, PM Mudra Yojana, PM e-Seva, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), RCS: UDAN, Vande Bharat Trains, and more.
Report by Krishan and Manoj
Credit: Hindusthan Samachar