SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 13: The Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agricultural Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo today chaired a meeting at the Civil Secretariat here to review the progress made in Pradhan Mantri Formalizing micro- food processing enterprises (PM-FME) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The centrally sponsored PM FME program aims to provide financial, technical and business support for the upgrading of existing food processing micro-enterprises.
During the meeting, a PowerPoint presentation was given in which the role of the program, respective capacity building measures, grants, use of common infrastructure and common incubation centers, etc. have been reviewed.
The ACS was presented with the report on the measures taken and the project implementation plan by senior officers at the meeting.
While chairing the meeting, ACS inquired about the district wise status of the beneficiaries and the reasons for the rejection of loan applications in some cases. He urged the officers to take substantial steps in the implementation of the project whose physical and financial progress would be assessed by him.
The ACS has expressed its dissatisfaction with the undesirable delays and failure to approve loans for some applicants. Relevant officials have been given strict instructions in this regard and have also been asked to submit a detailed summary of rejected and pending cases along with plausible reasons.
Similarly, the district nodal agents were also asked to analyze the causes of rejection and the low number of registrations.
Dulloo said the number of registrations and sanctions of cases under the program must be increased for its successful implementation.
During the meeting, an indicative list of promotional activities planned by the departments was also shared with ACS. He was informed that District Resource Persons (DRPs) have been appointed and their online training has been completed.
ACS has instructed officers to ensure that training programs are delivered on time and are compliant.
The meeting was attended by the Horticulture Department Secretary, Director of Horticulture (P&M), J&K, Director of Horticulture Kashmir/Jammu, Director of Agriculture Jammu/Kashmir, Director of Sericulture, J&K, Director of Livestock, Jammu/Kashmir, Director of Sheep, Jammu/Kashmir, Director of Fisheries, J&K, Director General, JKHPMC, J&K, Director General, Agro, J&K, Department of Horticulture FA/CAO, Representative of SKUAST Jammu, Senior Representatives of different banks, Member of UTSLBC, All Directors of Agriculture/Head, Directors of Horticulture/CAHOS/DSHOS/AMOS & AD Fisheries, All District Nodal Officer for PM-FME, All District Contacts.
Later, ACS Atal Dulloo also chaired a meeting to review ongoing projects with the support of APEDA and various National Horticultural Council projects regarding the J&K UT.