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ANANTNAG: As a part of the public outreach program, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Ports and Waterways, Shantanu Thakur on Wednesday arrived on a two-day visit to Pahalgam.The Minister interacted with beneficiaries and took stock of ground level implementation of various welfare schemes. Addressing a public gathering the Minister commented that he is pleased with the effective implementation of different schemes run by the Government. He appreciated the efforts of frontline workers in dissemination of benefits to the public. He underlined the commitment of the Central Government towards progress and prosperity of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. He also directed the local administration to ensure prompt delivery of services to the common people.Laying stress on revitalizing and promoting tourist activity to strengthen the local economy, the Minister said that the Government is already in the process of shaping some ideas to introduce electric vehicles in ecologically sensitive areas.Assuring various delegations of the timely solution to the demands, the Union MoS informed the delegations that the public outreach programme is aimed at listening to the voice of the common masses. He said that such discussions will shape the policies and development programmes for the Union Territory.The Minister distributed cheques among SBM beneficiaries, wheelchairs and hearing aids among specially abled persons and gold cards among beneficiaries of Sehat Scheme. The Minister also inspected Stalls of handicrafts and handlooms, Industries, Health and Medical Education, RDD/NRLM, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries departments and also interacted with local artisans.Thakur also visited under construction 50 bedded Sub District Hospital at Pahalgam and the under construction NTPHC at Aru. The district administration assured the MoS that the PHC will be made operational before winter.DDC Anantnag Piyush Goyal, RTO Kashmir, ADDC Anantnag, BDCs and other officials of district administration were present on the occasion.
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