Jammu & Kashmir

Public interactions, awareness sessions, inspection of public facilities mark Day-6 in Central Kashmir

Various activities including public interactions, awareness sessions on government-run welfare schemes and inspection of public facilities by visiting officers were highlights of the Day-6 of ‘Back to Village’ outreach programme in Central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 25: Various activities including public interactions, awareness sessions on government-run welfare schemes and inspection of public facilities by visiting officers were highlights of the Day-6 of ‘Back to Village’ outreach programme in Central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal.

In Srinagar, the programme concluded in another five Panchayat halqas in the district taking the total number of halqas covered under the State-wide rural outreach initiative so far to 18. 

Under the programme, public interactions held in Nowgam-A of Srinagar block, Soiteng and Khonmoh-C of Khonmoh block and Theed-A and Khimber of Harwan block witnessed massive public response filled with enthusiasm and excitement. 

It included a host of programmes including Gram Sabhas and inspections of public facilities and essential services installations aimed at a correct understanding of developmental shortfalls among other requirements of each of these halqas.

The programme also included awareness sessions about government schemes meant for people living and working in rural areas and enrolment of beneficiaries thereunder. Eligible beneficiaries under various schemes were also given certificates in each of these five halqas during the programme.

In each of these five halqas designated administrators were accompanied by officers from concerned line departments to ensure proper understanding and recording of grievances and concerns which will be submitted as a compiled report to DC Srinagar for redressal.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has directed the designated administrators for unabridged recording of developmental concerns from all concerned halqas has assured of redressal of all genuine grievances raised at all halqas during the outreach programme.

In Budgam, District Development Commissioner Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar today chaired a meeting to review the implementation of ‘Back to Village’ programme.

She instructed line Departments to make maximum coverage of beneficiaries under different schemes in the villages and make on- spot resolution of issues wherever possible. She also sought report of multifarious activities which were executed by the departments during the programme.

Meanwhile, continuing with the outreach programme 84 Panchayat Halqas of Chadoora, Beerwah, Khag, Nagam, Sukhanag and Khansahib were covered wherein Gram Sabhas, Women Sabhas were held.

During the programmes, Social Audit Committees were constituted, besides exhibitions and awareness camps were held in all these panchayats where visiting officers also inspected local institutions and held public interactions.

Ravinder Kumar, Managing Director, J&K Infrastructure Company/ SIDCO, who is Visiting Officer of panchayat halqa Razwan, interacted with the people and held deliberations on various developmental issues with the people and government functionaries.

He also presided over the Gram Sabha, Women Gram Sabha, and constitution of Social Audit Committee.

Inauguration of works like Shopping Complex, Fencing of graveyard, link road at Nagrad-Khah was also done by the Visiting Officer. Later on, he visited local institutions of ICDS, Education, and FCS&CA and inaugurated sports events in which school children and youth of the area participated.

In Sonpah, Beerwah, Syed Shabir Ahmad, Deputy Director Tourism, interacted with people and conducted mandated activities during his two-day stay in the village.

In Ganderbal, under the third phase, 95 Panchayats were covered during which a range of programmes including Gram Sabhas and inspections of public facilities in each of these panchayats were carried out by the designated officers.

During public interactions, people raised a multitude of issues including immediate augmentation of power supply and medicare facilities, road connectivity especially link roads, quality drinking water, school infra upgradation, constitution of social audit committees, social welfare beneficial schemes for women and various other issues.

ADDC Shafqat Iqbal during his visit to Shalbugh Panchayat Gram Sabha took stock of issues being faced by the people. The ADDC was accompanied by ACD Mohammad Ashraf, other functionaries of frontline departments and other visiting officers of ‘Back to Village’ programme.

During the programme exhaustive deliberations were held by the visiting officers and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI’s) with the locals.

Shafqat Iqbal also visited various Panchayats including Waqur and interacted with PRI members, deputations and visiting officers to enquire about the implementation of the grand initiative on the ground.

Sports and cultural activities were also carried out in Panchayats which were inaugurated by visiting officers and the activities witnessed huge participation of the locals.

In Lar, Women Sabha was held to educate female folk about the importance of Self-Help Groups and various skill development programmes, besides other state and centrally sponsored schemes.

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