SAMBA, OCTOBER 04: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Samba, Abhishek Sharma today organized a public grievance redressal camp at the remote village of Samotha as part of the Weekly Block Diwas.
The event witnessed the participation of several prominent figures, including BDC Chairperson Ramesh Singh, PRI members and senior officers from the district administration.
The event commenced with a welcome address by BDO Sumb, Sunil Sharma, followed by a speech by the sarpanch, who commended the DC Samba for being the first to visit the isolated village of Samotha.
Several pressing issues were addressed during the camp, including the scarcity of water in Panchayat Goran and Samotha. The closure of the road connecting Samba to Goran was raised as a concern and a request was made to commence the construction of the road.
Local residents expressed their gratitude for the recent black-topping of the road from Goran to Baba Shivo and urged a similar upgrade for the road leading to Samotha.
The attendees urged that the Devasthan, holy temple of Baba Shivo be placed under the shrine board’s supervision to enhance tourist facilities and promote tourism in the area. Additionally, there were pleas for the repair of damaged pipes that were impeding water connectivity under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).
Other demands included the establishment of a Primary Health Center (PHC) in Goran and Samotha and upgrade of the PHC in Sumb with additional doctors and diagnostic equipment like X-ray and ECG machines, along with ambulance facilities.
The local community emphasized the need for a degree college in Sumb to reduce the travel burden on students. Furthermore, bridge construction from Panchayat Baletar on Sumb Nallah to Kathua was demanded due to the area’s vulnerability to landslides. Efforts to enhance the quality of education included calls for the rationalization of teaching staff to ensure an adequate number of teachers in the region.
The demand for an SRTC bus service from Jammu to Goran ,the need to change the location of bus stand was also put forward, along with the necessity for new transformers in Sumb and Goran to improve electricity supply.
The DC and his team demonstrated their commitment by promptly resolving numerous issues during the event. In a poignant moment, the DC handed over a cheque to a grieving family who had lost their son in the recent flash floods.
This public grievance redressal camp exemplifies the administration’s dedication to addressing the concerns of the local population and fostering development in the region.