Pitches for a viable grievance mechanism as key towards satiating urges of ruralites
JAMMU, JUNE 25- Emphasizing crucial need of taking administration to the door steps of rural community, Commissioner Secretary Information and Public Relations, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, today exhorted the officers to camp in their allotted Panchayats and take on-the-spot decisions on the issues raised by the people.
“Synergized effort and coordination between various departments has to be ensured to mitigate difficulties faced by people and effectively”, he said during an interactive session held at Panchayat Jhajjar Kotli.
Dwivedi particularly laid emphasis on resolving land related issues by the revenue authorities and passed on instructions to the PDD to co-ordinate the initiative of ensuring power connections to uncovered households. He said viable grievance mechanism is key towards satiating urges of ruralites and bringing accountability in the administration.
He had an extensive assessment of public services and infrastructure including schools, hospitals, anganwari centers. He also interacted with the people and apprised them of various centrally and state sponsored schemes envisaging enhancement in their living standards.
Appreciating the natural assets and scenic splendor of the area, Dwivedi said that this area has healthy tourism potential and efforts would be initiated to strengthen the infrastructural edifice with requisite basic facilities here to catch increased tourist influx. “Tourism promotion in this unattended destination would immensely help in raising socio-economic profile of the locals besides creating employment avenues for the skilled and unskilled youth”, he maintained while elaborating on several measures need to be taken up in this regard.
He hoped that the PRIs would make efficient use of the funds being made available to them under various schemes for development and growth of their areas.
Dwivedi, while interacting with the PRIs, locals and government functionaries during the Gram Sabha, was apprised of several demands and problems which inter alia included establishment of artificial Lake in Jhajjar Kotli, conversion of Sub Health Centre into Accidental Hospital, establishment of Degree College, release of installments pending under PMAY, Urdu teachers in Primary and Middle schools of the area, over head water tanks for schools, opening of Anganwari Centers in some villages and wards lackng the facility, Dug Well, art and craft centre, pending compensation to land owners under construction of National Highway, drainage system, passenger shed at various places, monkey menace in the area.
Meanwhile, the villagers also highlighted their plight regarding poor functioning of Social Welfare Department in the area causing long delays even in sanction of pension cases besides release in pensions.
There are a number of areas in Jhajjar Kotli which still lacks even the most basic necessities like electricity, road connectivity and schools, informed the locals.
The people also demanded proper utilization of veterinary hospital building lying vacant since long for which the land was donated by the people with a hope to get this vital service in their area.
Dwivedi asked the concerned departments to organize special camps in the villages and take prompt action towards resolving the issues raised by the public during the Back to Village programme.
ACD Jammu, Aijaz Kesar, Block Development Officer, Vishav Partap Singh, Sarpanch Panchayat Jhajjar Kotli, Reena Thappa, Tehsildar and senior functionaries of PHE,PDD, RDD, Forest, Social Welfare, Tourism, Police, Health, Education and panchs, local people of Panchayat were present on the occasion.
AT KATHUA, Gram Sabha meetings, constitution of village health and sanitation committees, social audit committees, procurement committees and agriculture committees besides inspection of various government institutions in the villages of 44 panchayats of 4 blocks of the district marked the day six of ‘Back to Village’ programme under the third phase.
During Gram Sabha meetings at Jarai, Changran, Khokhyal, Godal, Durang and Thanthu panchayats of the district, villagers raised demand for fresh survey of left over beneficiaries for various government schemes, community sanitary complex, compensation due to crop loss, old age pension, scholarship for students, water supply schemes, irrigation systems, procurement centre for agri produce, transformers to augment PDD infra and repair of damaged roads.
DDC, Vikas Kundal, along with ADDC, Dr. Shubra Sharma, ACD, Sukhpaul Singh, BDO and concerned Patwari visited several panchayats and motivated the villagers to establish vermin compost units, play fields, activities for water conservation and restoration of natural water bodies besides organizing plantation drive during monsoon season.
The villagers were informed about the devolution of powers to panchayats, mid day meal scheme, welfare schemes, importance of gram sabha in taking collective decision and how various committees were constituted to make participatory planning a reality.
The designated officers to the panchayats distributed MGNREGA job cards, sapling of citrus fruits and LPG connections under Ujjwala Yojana to the beneficiaries. They also conducted plantation and cleanliness drive in their respective panchayats.
School, Health Centre and Anganwari Centers were also inspected by the designated officers.
Letter of PM to Sarpanchs was also read out in all panchayats during the programme.
AT SAMBA, District Development Commissioner, Sushma Chauhan, convened a meeting with the district officers to review the preparations for 3rdPhase of ‘Back to Village’ programme commencing tomorrow.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Vikas Gupta, Programme Officer, ICDS Project Jyoti Rani Slathia, Assistant Commissioner Development, Muddasir Latif Tasir, Sub Divisional Magistrate Vijaypur, Vijay Kumar, besides senior officers of other departments and nodal officers of the programme.
The meeting discussed contents and activities to be undertaken during 3rdphase of the programme by different departments.
It was informed that 35 panchayats of three blocks including Samba, Purmandal and Vijaypur would be covered under the 3rd phase of flagship programme.
The DDC informed that each department will carry out various awareness and extension activities at Panchayat and village level like plantation drives, sports events, inaugurations, awareness programmes.
In 3rd Phase of the programme, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Department Navin Kumar Choudhary will be the visiting officer in Panchayat Chajwal of Samba block.
Various other activities like nukkad natak, games, inauguration of wells, toilets, playgrounds, farmers oriented programmes, gram sabhas are also the part of the programme, the meeting was further informed.
AT UDHAMPUR, during Day 6 of the Back to Village initiative, visiting officers covered 112 Gram Panchayats out of the total 115 panchayats being taken up in the district under Phase 2 of the initiative.
Under the ambit of this extensive exercise, several activities were conducted in several panchayats including Gram Panchayats; inspections of public infrastructure, schools and ration depots; Anganwadi centers and mid day meals in schools, plantation and cleanliness drives among others.
Other activities including distribution of soil health cards, job cards, KCCs, inauguration of PMAY houses & play fields, programmes on drug de-addiction, constitution of social audit committees also took place during the day.
Financial Commissioner Revenue, Dr Pawan Kotwal during his visit to Panchayat Upper Meer Block Panchari held interactions with locals and educated them on importance of de-worming of children, proper hand washing and maintaining basic hygiene in the village and day to day activities. He also urged PRI members to undertake efforts for preservation of water bodies.
The locals raised many issues including low voltage of electricity, replacement of wooden poles, upgradation of both primary and middle school, timely disbursement of old age, widow, physically handicapped person’s pension, improvement of internal roads, upgradation of mobile connectivity among others.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr Piyush Singla took extensive tour of various panchayats of the district to review and monitor the execution of B2V programme. He urged all designated officers to ensure cent percent implementation of the programme on ground and undertake informal discussions to get real picture of the developmental needs of the area.
He also spoke to them about various social evils like female feticide, drug addiction and urged them to safeguard themselves and each other from them.
Local people expressed satisfaction over the massive Government-Public interface programme and showed optimism that all languishing and halted projects in the far flung district shall be restarted by the intervention of the government through this programme.
Besides, other officers also visited panchayats under B2V including Director Technical Education Dr Ravi Shankar who visited panchayat Chani Tehsil Majalta, Director Tourism Jammu OP Bhagat who visited Panchayat Dalsar and Director Horticulture Jammu Raj Kumar Katoch who visited Panchayat Mansar.
AT REASI, as part of the Back to Village initiative, Principal Secretary, HU&DD, Dheeraj Gupta, distributed Pension Payment Orders among the beneficiaries of Sirakotla Panchayat in block Panthal.
Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner State Tax, Praduman Krishan Bhat, distributed Pension Payment Orders among the beneficiaries at Kotli Bajalian in block Katra and AD Planning, SRLM (UMEED) Jammu, Harish Chander, distributed Pension Payment Orders among the beneficiaries at Akhli Buttan, in block Katra.
Issuance of Ayushman Bharat cards at Kotli Manhotrian B, in block Reasi, folk dances and cultural programmes at Kanthan A, block Arnas and construction of check dam through Shram Daan at Jij B in block Jij Bagli besides gram panchayats and sports events at schools were the other activities conducted on day 6 of the programme.
Chairman PCB, Jammu, Ravi Kumar Kesar; Deputy Secretary, PDD, Kuldip Kumar Sepolia, Under Secretary, Technical Education, Kiran Raina, Private Secretary, School Education Department, Vijay Kumar Koul; Executive Director Mubarak Mandi Complex, Deepika Kumari Sharma and Deputy Director, Handloom, Ravi Mohan Khajuria were the visiting officers of today’s event.