Chief minister Omar Abdullah has asked companies executing various flagship programmes and mega projects in the state to ensure employment of locals both in skilled and non-skilled disciplines of work.
"You should absorb all the available human resource in the projects you are executing, besides giving preference to the local traders, contractors, transporters and others to undertake works of different nature you are supposed to outsource", said Omar.
Inspecting the status of four-lanning of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway from Jammu to Udhampur on Thursday, the chief minister said that economic welfare of the locals should be ensured to the maximum while executing the projects.
He directed the revenue department and the National Highway Authority of India to work in close coordination for disbursement of compensation to the families whose land is being acquired for the construction of the road.
The Chief Minister stopped at Sidhra, Nagrota bypass, Ban toll plaza, Tunnel-3 south portal at Nandani, Jhajjar Kotli bridge and Udhampur bye pass to receive firsthand account of the status of work on the four-lane of the National Highway from Jammu to Udhampur.
Omar highlighting the economic importance of the project while talking to the engineers and other officials of the construction company. The four-lane highway would not only enhance and upgrade the accessibility to the Valley from other parts of the country, but also help in a big way to generate economic activities and jobs for people in different fields of development," said Omar.
It was informed that four-lane of 5.12 kilometers Jammu bye-pass, 11.7 kilometers Nagrota bye-pass and 19 kilometers of Udhampur bye-pass have been completed.