Sagar Says Govt To Empower PR Institutions

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JAMMU: Minister for Rural Development Department,(RDD) Mr Ali Mohammad Sagar today chaired a high level meeting of the officers of  the Rural Development, in his office chamber and reviewed the annual performance of the various schemes launched by the department including of the construction of Panchayat Ghars,implementation of MGNERGA,IAY, and other schemes  etc.

The Minister said that under 13th Finance Commission, Rs.230 crores have been released for the construction of 1678 Panchayat Ghars against the target of 1785 taken up in Jammu and Kashmir State. The meeting was told that Government is committed to construct a Panchyat Ghar at every Panchyat Halqa and in this direction, the Government have already taken a number of steps and the construction work of a number of Panchyat Ghars.

The Minister while receiving feedback about present status of the Panchayat Ghars, said that the main thrust of the Government is to provide basic infrastructure for proper functioning of PRIs .He asked all the ACDs to submit a complete information about building status of Panchyat Ghars under their jurisdiction.

The Minister asked all the concerned officers to complete the construction work of all the Panchyat Ghars within the stipulated time so that these Institutions may be able to function at a good note and can deliver the goods on the ground level. He said after a long gap the people of J&K witnessed Panchayat elections and now they have great expectations from these Institutions as they are directly involved with the people. He said that these Institutions can do a lot in the fulfilment of the commitment of changing the face of the rural areas.

Referring the implementation of MGNERGA on the ground level, the Minister said that a labour budget for the next financial year stands approved at an estimated cost of Rs.1365 crores and during the current financial year by ending February Rs.650 crores have been expended. Stressing on the concerned officers for strictly the implementation of the scheme, he said that MGNERGA is also a major employment generating scheme, under which a number of un-employed youth can be provided employment. He asked the concerned officers to fulfil all the vacancies under the norms so that not only the un-employed youth can get employment but the additional workforce.

The Minister also reviewed the performance of IAY and asked the officers to work with more zeal and dedication. He told them that the common people especially the poor people have great expectations from them and stressed for early and speedy disposal of files. He said the Government is committed to strengthen the PRIs Institutions in the State so that grass level democracy may prevail in the state especially in the remote areas, which was a dream of the Late Sheri-i- Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.

Commissioner-Secretary, Rural Development Department, Mr. Farooq Ahmed Peer, Director Panchyats, Mr.Baseer Ahmed Khan, all ACDs of Jammu Division and other senior officers of the concerned departments were present on the occasion.

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