STATE TIMES NEWS SAMBA: In the last phase, the flagship programme “Back to Village” was launched in 35 panchayats of three blocks of the Samba District where the designated officers visited their allotted panchayats and assessed the development needs of rural areas besides highlighting government programmes. Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department Navin Choudhary visited Panchayat Chajjwal in block Samba and inaugurated Panchayat Ghar in presence of District Development Commissioner Sushma Chauhan, Sarpanch Girdhara Singh and other senior officers of the district administration. He also dedicated a Smart LED TV to the people installed in the Panchayat Ghar. Meanwhile, Principal Secretary distributed motorised Scooty among the specially abled besides giving away bicycles among 30 BPL girl students who earlier had to travel 4 to 5 KM distance on foot. It was informed that 100 percent target of immunization of children has been achieved and health cards of over 400 children have been prepared. The day also witnessed a Veterinary camp by Animal Husbandry Department in which 100 percent vaccination of animals against foot and mouth disease was achieved. Besides 100 percent enrolment of School going children in the age group upto 7 years has also been achieved as informed by the Chief Education Officer Samba. During interactions, the local people projected their demands and problems including augmentation of water supply scheme, up-gradation of power infrastructure and irrigation facilities. On spot abstract of cost estimates were prepared by the concerned district officers and in principle approval was given by Principal Secretary after following codal formalities to augment water supply scheme, up-gradation and replacement of transformers and taking up the work of deep bore for Irrigation of over 80 hectare of agriculture land. He also asked PWD (R&B) for up-gradation of road from National Highway to Government High School Sunjwan. The work of conservation of historical pond of the panchayat was also taken up under MGNREGA as part of Mega Water Conservation project for the entire Panchayat, launched by the Visiting officer. Later, Principal Secretary inaugurated Solar Street lights installed in the Panchayat. This entire project was conceived within a week’s time at the behest of the visiting officer. A two day financial inclusion camp has also been launched for opening of Bank accounts of all the villagers and further enrolling them in various social security schemes of the government including Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana. This camp shall remain functional till the target of 100 percent financial inclusion is achieved. Later, a cultural program was organised by the Department of Information and Public Relations and artists of renowned theatre group Natrang regarding awareness among the public about government schemes. A volley ball match was also organized at Panchayat Chajjwal in which sports kits and prizes were distributed among the participants by the visiting officer. Earlier, Principal Secretary, and DDC Samba, Sushma Chauhan flagged off an awareness rally on the occasion of International Day against Drug abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Meanwhile, various activities like plantation drive, sports event, inaugurations, awareness programmes were also organized in different Panchayats of the three Blocks including Samba, Vijaypur and Purmandal of the district.
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