KUPWARA, OCTOBER 20, 2020: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan, on Monday said that the benefits of ‘My Town My Pride’ programme will percolate down to grass root level and pave way for greater development of urban areas.

Advisor was addressing a public gathering during a function organized at Town Hall Handwara as part of My Town My Pride programme.

Advisor reiterated Government’s commitment towards equitable development of all rural as well as urban areas saying that the objective of this ambitious urban public outreach programme is to reach out to the public, take their feedback and resolve issues of public importance. He said that Lieutenant Governor himself has been visiting different areas to ascertain the development needs and aspirations of people of both rural as well as urban populace.

Meanwhile, Advisor had separate meetings with Municipal Councillors and several delegations including Traders Federation and Bar Association.

Advisor assured them that their genuine issues will be resolved in a time bound manner. In some cases, the Advisor gave on spot directions to the concerned officers for redressal of the public grievances.

Later, Advisor distributed Golden Cards, PMAY cheques among poor beneficiaries and registration certificates of Urban Local Bodies among Street Vendors. He also distributed baby kits, certificates to meritorious students and domicile certificates among the beneficiaries.

Earlier, the Advisor inspected stalls established by various departments including Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Skill Development, Social Welfare for creating awareness among general public.

Advisor also laid foundation stone for shopping complex coming up at a cost of Rs 37.79 crore at New Bus Stand, Handwara.

During the programme, students from different schools of Handwara town organized a painting competition while as a cultural programme was also held on the occasion.

Director Libraries, Mohammad Rafi ; Additional Deputy Commissioner, Handwara, Nazir Ahmad Mir; President, Muncipal Committee, Handwara, Masroor Ahmad Banday; Nodal Officer B2V Mohammad Ishaq, various district officers and Municipal Councillors were present on the occasion.

President, Municipal Committee Handwara, Masroor Ahmad Banday, Traders Federation led by Sofi Aijaz spoke on the ocassion and projected their demands.