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REASI: Union Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar on Monday said the Centre and the government of Jammu and Kashmir are working on multiple projects to raise the power generation capacity of the Union Territory by two-folds within the next five years.“The UT government and the Centre are working on multiple projects to raise the power generation capacity of the region two-folds within the next five years,” Gurjar told reporters at Reasi.The Union minister, who visited Reasi district to take stock of various projects as a part of the government’s public outreach programme for J&K, said it is the mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to turn J&K into a power-surplus state within this short period.The minister further said the government is working expeditiously in multiple sectors including roads, railways, and funding numerous developmental projects in J&K.The minister inspected the Salal power project wherein the officers gave a power-point presentation to him.With respect to instituting an elected government in the region, the minister said that the Centre is already working hard to make ground for robust democracy in J&K.The minister was accompanied by Principal Secretary Power Development, Rohit Kansal, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Charandeep Singh, General Manager NHPC, Nana Ram and SP Reasi, Surjit Singh among other senior district officers.Gurjar also said that ensuring prompt, smooth and hassle-free services at the doorsteps of the common masses is the priority of the Central Government. The Minister is on a two day tour of district Rajouri as part of the public outreach programme of the Central Government to the UT of J&K.During the first leg of the tour, Gurjar inspected the progress on GMC Rajouri being executed by the PWD at an estimated cost of Rs 139 crores. The concerned officer briefed the Minister about the physical financial status of the project in detail.The Minister directed the concerned officers to ensure that the project is completed within the decided time frame so that the public is provided necessary health benefits with the completion of the project. He also asked for maintaining transparency in the execution process.Among the others, DDC Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan; DIG, Vivek Puri; Additional Private Secretary to Minister, Vikas Shukla; SSP, Sheema Qasba Nabi; ADC, Sachin Dev Singh; Principal GMC, Brij Mohan Gupta; ACR, Tahir Mustafa Malik; SE PWD, Javaid Maqbool; SE Jal Shakti, JP Singh; ACD, Sushil Khajuria besides other concerned officers accompanied the Minister during his visit.DDC Member Dhangri, Rameshwar Singh; BDC Chairperson Dhangri, Tazeem Akhter besides PRI members and people from all sections of life were present on the occasion.
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