STATE TIMES NEWSRAJOURI/POONCH: As part of Army ongoing outreach program to foster a sense of belongingness, develop model villages in the region through Panchayati Raj System and inculcate spirit of National Integration amongst the local population, a Capacity Building Tour (CBT) is being organised under Operation Sadbhavana for 20 Sarpanchs / ex-servicemen from Rajouri and Poonch District of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir from 18 January 2020 to 01 Feb 2020 which will include visit to Cochin, Pondicherry and New Delhi and interaction with prominent defence and civil personalities of the country. The tour was flagged off by the General Officer Commanding, Ace of Spades Division from Rajouri on Saturday in the august presence of civil dignitaries and military officials of Rajouri. During this tour, participants will visit the Model villages of Cochin and Pondicherry, wherein they will witness implementation of concept of Self-Governance through Panchayati Raj System. A close interaction with heads of various institutions working for upliftment of rural areas and sustainable development will give the team members a deep insight into the unique innovations and techniques being used by local village Panchayats. The team members will also learn new and innovative ways for rural development, generating self-employment avenues and self-governance which can further be exploited at grass root level for development in their respective villages. A meeting with Dr Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant governor of Pondicherry has also been planned during the tour to motivate and encourage the team members. The ibid tour on their way back, will halt at New Delhi wherein the participants will meet senior military dignitaries and share their experiences of the tour. They will also be provided an insight into the rich heritage of the country during visits to the well-known monuments in the capital city of Delhi.
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