With great patriotism and zeal, the 70th Independence Day was celebrated by the people of Ladakh on August 15 at Polo ground, Leh. The national tricolor flag was hoisted by CEC, Dr. Sonam Dawa.
Addressing to the public, Dr. Dawa expressed gratitude and honour to all the freedom fighters who laid down their life for the cause of the nation and to free India. He further stressed each and everyone to understand the sense of responsibility and duties to serve the nation for its growth and development.
Talking about the last 10 months achievements of LAHDC, Leh Dr. Dawa said the council has put every effort to restore the damaged headwork’s and canals in 2015 flood of all the villages. We have successfully completed the work and made it ready to the farmers for cultivation. Highlighting the ongoing work of the Leh Beautification Project, he said the 90% work of the Leh main market has been completed and hopefully it will be completed fully in 5-10 days. We are giving our best and putting every effort to complete every work on time.
He said since from last three years the annual district budget has remained ₹41 crore but this year the 5th council has increased the budget by 10% making it ₹50 crore. The total budget of Leh stands ₹113 crore after adding the state and central sponsored schemes.
Expressing the happiness over the inclusion of Leh town in Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme, he said, ₹23 crore has been released out of which a multi tier parking facility of ₹17 crore is approved to solve the issue of parking. An amount of ₹1 crore is kept for the park and garden facility in Leh and ₹ 4 crore for the drinking water facility. ₹25 crore for Skill Development Programme in Leh town has been sanctioned and around 34 women from Kharnakling and Stok are trained from the experts and taken outside to promote their skills and generate income from it.
Appreciating the efforts of DC, Leh for the bright future of many youth who are preparing for the competitive exams, to train them an expert trainer from Chennai were called upon for the first time and around 334 students were trained in first batch and the classes for 2nd batch is going on.
He further talked about the various sanctioned projects and different schemes, an amount of ₹52 crore is sanctioned for 5 road projects under Centre Road Fund. A work is in progress for the construction of five bridges and minor protection bunds of worth ₹15 core. ₹3 crore is also stand sanctioned for three model villages for Leh district. For the tourism development in the region, the Centre Govt.has approved ₹120 crore, but State Govt has not released the fund and we are putting every effort to get it. For the development of farmers and to facilitate with better facilities.
we have already submitted ₹ 50 crore projects under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) at state.
We are also putting every effort to increase the pasture land in Changthang region to develop and promote raising livestock, increasing Pashmina production and many more.
He requested and urged all the political parties, department heads, and officials, citizen to understand the responsibilities and to implement every scheme earnestly.
Appreciation awards were felicitated to all the people for their dedication and extraordinary work.
Adding more colour to the day a colourful cultural programmes was presented by the students of different school and the parade of proud and honour passed saluting the tricolour.