|SRINAGAR, Aug 26 : The Union Minister of the State Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Parshottam Rupala on his maiden visit of Leh district chaired a meeting with LAHDC, Leh and Agriculture allied departments at Council Secretariat Leh today and reviewed the Centrally Sponsored Schemes like PMKSY being implemented in the district.|
The meeting was attended by all the Executive Councilors headed by Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Dorjey Motup and MP, Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang. All the HODs of allied departments and research centers headed by Deputy Commissioner Leh Avny Lavasa also attended the meeting. CEC and MP Ladakh welcomed the Minister to Leh and apprised him about the structure and functions of Hill Council Leh since its inception in 1995. CEC, MP, Ladakh and EC Agriculture Tsering Wangdus raised major issues of Leh district including non release of funds under PMKSY despite GoI approving Rs 564 crore for Leh district last year. They sought earliest sanctioning of Rs 536 crore Seabuckthorn project for Leh, which stand submitted at center level, funds for procuring Milk Pasteurization Plant for Leh, pasture and fodder development and development of organic farming in the district.
Earlier, Chief Agriculture Officer Leh Tashi Tsethan briefed the meeting about the agriculture features of Leh district. He said that out of the total 45,000 Sq Kms area of district, only 10,000 hectare land is under crop area with proper irrigation facilities.