Samba Panchayat first to go hi-tech
STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Day 5 of Back to Village programme recorded a multitude of activities which inter alia included Gram Sabhas, Women Gram Sabhas, interaction with frontline government functionaries, PRIs, social activists, NGOs, prominent citizens and retired employees, visit to schools, health centers, AW centers, government assets, water bodies, electric stations, important private enterprises, ongoing and languishing projects besides inauguration of playfields, buildings and development works, visit to villages of the allotted Panchayats and constitution of social audit committees by the gram Panchayat where it doesn’t exist. Distribution of certificates/benefits/opening of accounts, enrollment of beneficiaries under PM Kisan and PM Shram Yogi Mandhan, cleanliness drives and plantation drives in gram Panchayats. Commissioner Secretary Information, Forest Ecology and Environment Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, visited Panchayat Jhajjar Kotli and lauded the pro-active role of village community in the success of the programme, saying this reflects their deep yearning for development and implementation of various welfare schemes. He visited PHE Pump Station, PDD Grid Station and took stock of infrastructure and water power supply situation in the Panchayat. People demanded establishment of a Degree College in the PDD land lying vacant and unutilized since long so that the students especially girls can pursue their higher studies as the local students have to cover long distances for their higher studies. Dwivedi also visited Anganwadi centre and took stock of facilities being provided to children there. He took stock of availability of ration and other edibles in the center. The Commissioner Secretary visited Sub Health Centre and inspected infrastructure and facilities available in the centre. The locals demanded up gradation of the hospital with adequate staff and doctors especially in view of the area being close to National Highway. Dwivedi along with other concerned officers inaugurated a Lane and laid foundation stone for community sanitary complex at village Jhajjar Kotli. He also planted trees in Panchayat ghar premises. Chief Conservator Forests, Ravi Kumar Kesar, ACD Jammu, Aijaz Kesar, ACR Jammu, Chander Parkash, BDO, Vishav Partap Singh, senior officers of Forest, ICDS, Health, PHE, PDD, Sarpanch, Reena Thapa, all panchs, Asha Workers and local people of the panchayat were present on the occasion. In a significant achievement, Rarri Panchayat of Ramgarh block of Samba district got the privilege of becoming the first Panchayat of Jammu and Kashmir to go high-tech as part of the ”Digital India” campaign. The designated officer for the Panchayat in presence of Sub District Magistrate Vijaypur launched the event under the “Back to Village” programme. At Rajouri, the day witnessed added enthusiasm and vigour among the people of all 80 panchayats of district with holding of a slew of activities like Gram Sabhas, interaction with frontline government functionaries, PRIs, social activists and prominent citizens, visit to schools, health centers, AW centers, government assets, water bodies, electric stations. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, during his visit to Bajwal Lower A and Lower Kangri Panchayats of block Sunderbani interacted with PRI members, senior citizens and listened to the grievances and issues raised by the general public. The public projected several issues like augmentation in power supply, sanctioning of new water supply schemes, upgradation of roads and other developmental works. Div Com exhorted upon the people to go for rain water harvesting and conservation of traditional water bodies. He advised them to plant more trees so that groundwater table can be regenerated. He also asked for growing cash crops which will further increase the per capita income of the farmers.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Mohammad Aijaz Asad interacted with PRIs and senior citizens who apprised him of issues confronting them. He interacted with the visiting officers and assessed the specific economic potential of the villages and employment opportunities. DDC was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nowshera Sukhdev Singh Sanyal, Chief Education Officer, MA Rather, EXN PDD Munshi Khan, EXN PHE Sunil Koul, Disty Panchayt officer, Abdul Khabir and officers of Revenue and other departments. Additional Secretary Disaster Management, Prasanna Ramaswamy, on his second day in panchayat Badhoon, conducted Gram Sabha and interacted with the public taking stock of their demands and grievances. The people highlighted the need of acquainting the farmers community with the latest technological innovations in the field of agriculture since major chunk of rural populace is engaged in this vocation for their livelihood. The frontline workers highlighted schemes of their respective departments. The officers inspected the development works in the panchayats executed by the RDD, PWD besides inaugurating number of developmental works and launching new projects. At Poonch, on fifth day of “Back to Village” programme the designated officers conducted the prescribed activities in all panchayats of 11 blocks of the district. The visiting officers interacted with the members of Panchayats and held detailed deliberation on area specific development needs, performance of PRIs and economic potential of the allotted Panchayats. The officers recorded the issues and demands of the people of all the villages and assessed the progress on implementation of government schemes at the grassroots level. The officers inspected schools, Aanganwari centers, MG NREGA works, Horticulture nursery along with other developmental works in their allotted panchayats in Poonch, Mendhar and Surankote besides inaugurating development works in various panchayats including PMAY houses, toilets under Swatch Bharat Mission, Bridal path at panchayat Noonabandi of Block NSSB ,Protection wall at Durangli Nala and bridal pakka path in panchayat Nangali of Block NSSB, Road in Gursai. At Samba, Day 5 of Back to Village programme was marked with various activities mandated under the initiative in the 2nd phase of “Back to Village programme” in 36 Panchayat halqas of Nud, Ramgarh and Sumb blocks of the district. Meanwhile, the designated officers dedicated Sanitary napkin vending machines to the Girl students of various Government Schools including Higher Secondary School Goran, Higher Secondary School Sumb and High School Rarian in Ramgarh and Sumb blocks. The machines were installed by District Social Welfare Department under the supervision of DSW. The Visiting Officers inaugurated several development works including playfield, Houses under PMAY-G, IHHL besides distributed MGNREGA job cards, PRCs to the beneficiaries followed by constitution of Social Audit Committees by the concerned Gram Panchayats. Other activities including sanitation and plantation drives were also carried out in various Panchayats Halqas. At Kathua, on the fifth consecutive day of phase 3 of the ‘Back to Village’ programme, designated officers conducted Gram Sabhas, inspections and interaction programmes in 44 Panchayats across 4 blocks of the district. The officers covered Panchayats of Nagri, Kathua, Dhar Mahanpur and Mandli blocks to get first hand appraisal of basic amenities in villages besides taking stock of rural issues. DDC, Vikas Kundal, visited several panchayats and assesses the activities being conducted under the programme. The villagers projected various demands like benefits under PM Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), old age pension, PM Jan Aarogya Yojana(PMJAY), drinking water, augmentation of PDD infra, renewal of gun licenses, PRC, Dogra Certificate, subsidy on agriculture implements, repair of link roads besides benefits from other welfare schemes. The officers distributed LPG cylinders under Ujjwala Yojana, fruit saplings and pass books for BBBP beneficiaries besides inaugurating rural infrastructure and employment fair for rural youth. DDC was accompanied by ACD Kathua, Sukhpal Singh, BDOs, Tehsildar, Naib Tehsildar and Patwari of the concerned panchayat. At Udhampur, The Back to Village initiative commenced in the district today with 104 Panchayats being taken up for programme activities. During the public meets, people raised a multitude of issues including immediate augmentation of power supply and Medicare facilities, road connectivity especially internal roads, water scarcity, inclusion of left out beneficiaries under Ayushman Bharat, school upgradation, constitution of social audit committees, clearing of pending payments under MGNREGA, availability of medical transport for patients especially for pregnant ladies, inappropriate educational facilities, among others issues. DDC Dr Piyush Singla also visited various Panchayat of Block Udhampur to take review of Back to village initiative. He interacted with PRI, members Villagers and visiting officers and enquired about implementation of the initiative. Director Horticulture, Jammu Raj Kumar Katoch visited Panchayat Mansar and Dr Ravi Shankar also visited at panchayat Chani Tehsil Majalta of District Udhampur. Pertinently out of total 236 Panchayats, 121 were covered in phase -1 . The remaining 115 Panchayats will be covered as part of phase -2 At Reasi, various activities including Gram Sabhas, Mahila Gram sabhas, distribution of job cards, PRCs and other certificates, inspection of public utilities and water bodies, interaction with frontline government functionaries, PRIs and prominent citizens, visit to schools, health centers, AW centers, government assets, electric stations, ongoing and languishing projects besides inauguration of playfields, buildings and development works marked the Day 5 of Back to Village programme in the district. Principal Secretary, H&UDD, Dheeraj Gupta, during his visit to Sirakotla Panchayat laid foundation stone for drain besides inaugurating works under MGNREGA for development of water point at ward 6 of the Panchayat. He also inspected local health centres, schools, ponds and other water bodies at Sirah, Kotla and Karkyal villages. Gupta also witnessed cultural programme and volleyball tournament in the evening. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner, Indu Kanwal Chib also visited Panchayat Ghiyala of block Reasi and oversaw the Back to Village programme. She also inspected bridge at Anji Nallah and planted saplings at the Panchayat. At Kishtwar, Day five of ‘Back to Village’ initiative recorded multitude of activities being undertaken in 40 Panchayats of the district with a slew of activities like extensive public interactions, registering of grievances of people about the implementation of various schemes, inspection of public utilities, holding of awareness camps and other allied activities. Interacting with the PRI members, the designated officers advised them to adopt new techniques like polygreen houses, construct eco friendly pond, adopt rain water harvesting in the villages, sustainable agricultural practices. He also apprised people of various centrally and state sponsored schemes that have been made available for them and urged PRI members to ensure that maximum people enroll and take benefit under these schemes.
At Ramban, the event recorded massive participation of PRIs, General public and field functionaries during first day of third phase under “Back to Village” programme being organized in the district. District Development Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat visited various panchayats of Ukhral and Ramsoo blocks to review implementation of 3rd phase of “Back to Village” programme in 32 Panchayats. The event witnessed massive participation of PRIs, field functionaries and locals. DDC was accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Development Ramban Zaffar Ahmed Banday, BDOs and other officers and officials of RDD. At Doda, a multitude of activities was recorded in all the 59 Panchyats under Phase -III in the district. The officers held series of meetings and interaction with the members of PRIs, gram sabha members, prominent citizens and locals wherein they sought feedback from them about ongoing development works and listened to their grievances. District Development Commissioner, Dr Sagar D Doifode visited various Panchayats and interacted with PRIs and villagers. He inaugurated additional block of HSS Ghureka and Health centre Ghureka besides laying foundation stone for playground at Lower Bijarni B Panchayat.
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