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CGM NABARD to visit Leh to finalize the proposed projects

Leh,August 10, (Scoop News)-For finalization of nine point action plans emanated during the discussions of Minister for Ladakh Affairs and Cooperative J&K Govt. Chering Dorjey with Chief General Manager National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) last week at Srinagar for overall and inclusive development of Ladakh and in view of the visit of CGM NABARD to Leh on 18th of August 2017 to finalize the proposed projects under NABARD, a preliminary stakeholders meeting with all the line departments including major banks was held today under the chairmanship of Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo at Council Secretariat in presence of Dy. General Manager, NABARD Pushphas Pandey.
The meeting was attended by all the four Executive Councilor Dorjey Motup, Tsering Wangdus, Tsering Sandup and Mumtaz Hussain.
Endorsing the proposed projects under NABARD by Minister Chering Dorjey which includes packaging facilities for Seabuckthron pulp, value addition of Pashmina, packaging of Apricot Juice, cold storage facilities for vegetables, promotion of Alfa-Alfa grass, irrigation projects, skill development of Pashmina artisans, two villages to be adopted for Apricot and Pashmina development and construction of road along the Pangong lake from Lukung to Khaktet to connect villages on border, CEC Dr. Dawa said that upcoming projects of NABARD is very important to meet number of major infrastructure facility, machinery equipments and skill development programmes required for Leh district in overall development of the region and invited feedbacks on all the nine proposed projects from concerned departments and directed them to submit a detail project report with all the relevant data and information within two days so that all the projects could be projected successfully and stressed on the importance of international products like Pashmina and Seacbuckthorn which have immense potential to turn the economy of Ladakh.
After threadbare discussion, the meeting decided to propose Rs. 5 crore Tetra Pak packaging machine for Seabuckthorn, Apple and Apricot juice which will be run by Bami Duniya Cooperative Society. CEC Dr. Dawa directed Handloom department to prepare a DPR for procurement of Spinning and Weaving Machine and instructed Executive Councillors to explore all the GoI’s scheme in skill development of artisans. Since the 10,000 metric ton Cold Storage facility at Agling Leh will be completed by Sept. 2017, the meeting decided to project other required facility for the store including racks under NABARD.
Regarding development of Alfa-Alfa grass in view of growing dairy related business in the district, Dr. Dawa directed Agriculture department for production of Alfa-Alfa seed in all the five ongoing commend area projects in different blocks of Leh and directed EC Animal Mumtaz Hussain to ensure coordination among Animal, Sheep and Agriculture departments in this regard. Regarding irrigation projects, the meeting decided to project incomplete irrigation projects discontinued due to cost overrun and also decide to project two new irrigation project including Kalikukta-Stakna irrigation canal and upgradation / improvement of Sasoma (Nubra) irrigation canal. Likewise, the meeting also decided to project some important drinking water projects under NABARD.
The meeting adopted Saspol and Kharnak villages for development of Apricot and Pashmina respectively.

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