Minutes of the meeting of Shivalik Development Agency for preparation of Annual Action Plan 2016-17 held on 16-09-2015 at 12:00 noon  under the Chairpersonship of Smt. Neelam P. Kasni, IAS, Commissioner Ambala Division-cum-Chairperson, Shivalik Development Agency, Ambala in Haryana Raj Bhawan,Chandigarh.

At the outset, the Chairperson welcomed the officers present in the meeting. There after the matter for preparation of Annual Action Plan for 2016-17 of SDA was discussed. The Chairperson informed that like previous years the SDA will not get funds during 2016-17 for implementation of various  development schemes in district of Ambala ,Panchkula and Yamunanagar but only will get substantial amount only to meet administrative expenditure of the agency like salaries of staff and other expenses of the agency . SDA will prepare a roadmap for the holistic development of Shivalik Area duly identified and based on this roadmap Annual Action Plan 2016-17 shall be prepared. The Department of Forest,Soil Conservation,B&R,Horticulture & Animal Husbandry shall provide the necessary inputs for this purpose. Funds to the departments shall be allocated by the Government for execution/implementation of the works/schemes/projects delineated in the roadmap. The detailed discussions on the following points were held and decision/directions were given in the meeting:-

It was emphasised that the schemes/works be identified keeping in view  the peculiar situation of Shivalik Area and the basic objective of the Board after taking stock of present social economic status especially of the foothills villages of Shivalik Region .Those works should be identified which are the dire need of the local area for its overall development instead of routine works which are generally done by the line departments as decided in the 20th Governing Body Meeting of Shivalik Development Board held on 23-04-2015 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble CM. Regarding hiring the services of consultants for preparing the roadmap as decided in the 13-07-2015 meeting under the chairmanship of Sh.Manohar Lal,Chairman of Shivalik Development Board, the Deputy Commissioners Ambala, Panchkula, Yamunanagar and other officers were of the opinion that before engaging the consultants it is necessary that every Department should prepare a draft database proposal of respective Department describing the activities being done by the Department and what is needed to be done and requirements of funds for implementing of the schemes along with time frame for the overall development of Shivalik Area and send it to Shivalik development Agency,Ambala latest by 30-09-2015 for proceeding further.  

It was directed that the pending Utilization Certificates for the years 2013-14 & 2014-15 especially from the Gram Panchayats are sent to Shivalik Development Agency without any further delay. Utilization Certificate should be signed by concerned SDO(PR)/JE(PR) /BDPO/Gram Sachiv(any two). The detail where UC’s are pending has been mailed to Deputy Commissioners and Additional Deputy Commissioners of district Ambala,Panchkula and Yamuna nagar.   

The meeting ended with a vote of  thanks to the chair.