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About 25 crore spent on quake rehabilitation in Poonch

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Jammu, Feb 23 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir government has spent Rs 24.36 crore out of the released amount of Rs 40.98 crore for relief and rehabilitation of the 2005 earthquake victims till January end in Poonch district.

It was revealed in a meeting held at Poonch to review achievements in the agriculture sector besides the departments of Public Health and Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and flood control.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Agriculture and Co-operatives Abdul Aziz Zargar and Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Qazi Mohammad Afzal, Poonch District Development Commissioner M R Thakur and other officials.

The district has approved an annual plan allocation of about Rs 50 crore comprising Rs 29.43 crore as revenue and about Rs 21 crore as capital component including a loan component of Rs 8.77 crore, the meeting was informed.

Mr Thakur, while presenting the details of the achievements, said Poonch has been provided Rs 7.50 crore under Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojna (RSVY) and Rs 6.40 crore under Border Area Development Programme (BADP). As much as 450 hectares of land has been brought under dry land development programme by providing 50 per cent subsidy, he told the meeting.

He further said 143 hectares of land has been brought under the horticulture technology mission and 20 beneficiaries have been provided polygreen houses for familiarising with protected cultivation. About 600 hectares of orchard land has also been covered under pests and disease control programme, he added.

The PHE department has increased water storage capacity to up to 62000 gallons besides constructing four pump rooms and two sump tanks, thereby benefiting 2015 people under district plan.

He said under RSVY about 16 schemes have been approved, which on completion would provide drinking water facilities to 40084 people. Under irrigation sector, about 55 hectares land is proposed to be provided irrigation facilities, he added.

Mr Zargar urged for co-ordination between various development asked to formulate a core-monitoring group at the district level to verify developmental works executed on the ground.

He said about 500 hectares of land in the district is being developed for the integrated agriculture development under 12 watershed projects sanctioned by the Centre.

Various agriculture activities, including fisheries, plantation, vegetables, seed, poultry and mushroom cultivation, would also be undertaken, he added.

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