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KISHTWAR: District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar Ashok Sharma, today chaired the meeting of the officers of Social Welfare, ICDS, Horticulture and fisheries Department and reviewed their performance.The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pawan Parihar, Joint Director Planning, Mohammad Iqbal, District Social Welfare Officer, Tariq Parveaz Qazi, Chief Horticulture Officer, Mushtaq Ahmed Wani, besides Tehsil Social Welfare Officers, Supervisors, health Mobilizes, representatives and other officials of the Departments.Programme Officer ICDS, Pawan Parihar briefed DDC about the overall performance of ICDS Programs in the district and highlighted the achievements of the department.He gave a detailed overview of the departmental activities including provision of Supplementary Nutrition, Health Checkups, Awareness to mothers regarding nutrition, Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana, Poshan Abhayaan, Scheme for Adolescent Girls and supply of nutrition items in respect of ICDS Projects in the district.The DDC also reviewed the status of disbursement of honorarium to ICDS staff and procurement of the nutrition at project level.While reviewing the functioning of Social Welfare Department, the DSWO presented an overview of various Welfare Schemes of centre and UT, besides briefed about various scholarship programmes being implemented in the district. The DSWO informed in the meeting that 22071 beneficiaries are covered under Pensioner schemes like Integrated Social Security Scheme and National Social Assistance Programme. He further informed that 1095 cases have been sanctioned under SMAS till date and 110 cases are being scrutinized and shall be submitted for sanction at the earliest.The DDC asked the District Social Welfare officer to ensure effective implementation of all schemes in a focused and concerted way so that the desired objectives are achieved at the grassroots level. He also stressed on creating awareness among the general public about various schemes of child development, women empowerment, health tips for adolescent girls through utilising the latest methods of mass communication as well as social media at village and block level.Underscoring the need of maintenance of the healthy sex ratio in the district, he impressed upon the Social Welfare, health and ICDS departments to take concrete measures by utilizing the services of the ASHA and Anganwari workers for sensitising and monitoring the masses about PC-PNDT Act and curbing female foeticide/infanticide in district.To prevent any duplicity, he further directed CDPOs to complete the Aadhar seeding of the pending beneficiaries on immediate basis.To review progress at Anganwadi centre level, the DDC informed the participants that review meeting with the supervisors and health mobilizers will hence forth be held on monthly basis.Earlier, while taking review of Horticulture and fisheries Department, the DDC said that the development of the Agriculture and agri-allied sectors in the district requires integrated approach for the effective utilization of resources to bring tangible results. He aspired for the development of “Model village” in the Horticulture and agriculture sector so that the same model could be replicated in future for revival of the local economy in the district.
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