‘Back to Village’ campaign ends in Kashmir

People laud Govt’s initiative; seek time-bound redressal of projected issues

Srinagar, Jun 27: The week-long ‘Back to Village’ flagship outreach programme of the Government concluded today across the Kashmir division during which designated officers reached out to people in all the Panchayat halqas to assess their development needs, inform them about welfare schemes and take their feedback for socio-economic transformation of rural areas.
The programme primarily aimed at energising the 4,483 Panchayats of the State and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation in a joint effort to deliver the mission of equitable development across all the rural areas.
In Srinagar, the weeklong rural outreach programme ended with high hopes for redressal of developmental grievances recorded across 21 Panchayat halqas of Srinagar.
The Panchayat halqas where the programme marked its culmination were Lasjan-B of Srinagar block and Theed-B and Faqir Gujree-A of Harwan block where outreach activities started yesterday amid large public participation.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has assured of redressal of all genuine grievances raised and recorded in all 21 Panchayat halqas of the district during the weeklong outreach programme.
In Baramulla, various Panchayat halqas were covered on the eighth day of ‘Back to Village’ programme, covering all 402 Panchayat halqas.
District Development Commissioner Dr G N Itoo accompanied by the visiting officers and others concerned carried out several social and developmental activities envisaged under the programme.
At Ferozpora, an array of events having social and developmental significance were carried out meant for the overall welfare of the area. DDC inspected the PHE’s water supply mechanism in Ferozpora Nallah. Moreover, various cultural programmes including a skit with the theme ‘Conservation of Water Bodies’ were organized which evoked applause from the audience. The skit depicted the ill consequences of human intervention on water bodies and highlighted their importance for ecological balance.
In Budgam, evoking massive people’s participation, ‘Back to Village’ concluded across the 296 Panchayat blocks.
The programme which was held in four phases of all 17 blocks of the district was marked by public interactions, Gram Sabhas, Women Gram Sabhas, sports activities, awareness campaigns, field visits, awareness on state and centrally sponsored schemes, grievances redressal camps, sanitation and cleanliness drives and other related activities during the 8-day long programme.
In Ganderbal, on the concluding day of the programme, visiting officers held Gram Sabhas at various Panchayat halqas in the district during which inaugurations and inspection of different development projects was also conducted.
At halqa Churu, ADDC Shafqat Iqbal planted conifer saplings and inaugurated a playground at halqa Sunarpora. ADC Mohammad Ashraf besides other concerned were also present.
At halqa Cherwan-B in Kangan, the visiting officers informed people about direct benefit transfer of banking systems and usage of digital banking.
In Kulgam, on the final and concluding day of the programme, the Deputy Commissioner Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani sought feedback from field officials about the success of the Government-Public interface initiative.
“After doing an assessment of our district, we have devised a plan to reach out to the people, profile their grievances and demands, so that we have a policy document based on the feedback of the people,” he said.
In Pulwama, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra listened to public grievances and demands at High School Lethpora which was organised for two halqas- Jawbara and Lethpora.
District Development Commissioner Syed Abid Rashid and ADC Awantipura Muhammad Ashraf Hakak accompanied the Principal Secretary on the occasion.
During the interaction, villagers projected their demands regarding road infrastructure, power, drinking water, upgradation of school education infrastructure and other basic amenities.
The Principal Secretary directed for immediate redressal of issues put forth by the public deputations. He also sought feedback from the visiting officers about the programme.
In Shopian, District Development Commissioner, Dr Owais Ahmed, congratulated the whole team of line Departments of the district for performing their duties with zeal and zest during the programme ‘Back To Village’.
During the programme, 98 Panchayat halqas falling under 9 blocks of Shopian, Zainapora, Chitragam , Hermain, Kanjuillar, Keller, Imamsahib, Kaprin and Ramnagri were covered by the 98 visiting officers nominated by the Government. During the programme scores of Gram Sabhas, as well as Women’s Gram Sabhas, were held.
In Anantnag, the programme concluded with enthusiasm and synergy in all the 70 Halqas of the five blocks namely Shahabad, Verinag, Hiller Vesso and Qazigund.
The designated officers, remained with public at their venues at Womoh halqa, Vessu halqa YK Pora halqa, Fathepora halqa and Lookbown halqa of the RDD blocks and listened various demands and grievances of the public. The demands raised include road connectivity, power, water, healthcare, education, banking facilities, establishing Nayabats and replacement of electric poles etc.
In Bandipora, the designated officers discussed measures to further boost developmental scenario and strengthening of Panchayati Raj System in their assigned panchayat halqas. Issues of public importance and devolution of powers to panchayats besides implementation of welfare schemes formed part of these interactions.
On concluding day, the programme began with the recitation of the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on rain water conservation by Panchs and Sarpanches at all the 50 Panchayats of the district.
During the interaction with Panchayat Raj representatives, the participants projected their grievances which were noted by the visiting officers.