SRINAGAR The first ever weeklong Government-public interface programme-Back to Village-kickstarted from today across the State evoking massive response from people with officers reaching them at their doorsteps, listening to their problems and suggesting measures to further enhance the efficacy of welfare schemes across the rural landscape.
The focus of the campaign is on energizing Panchayats, collecting feedback on the delivery of government programmes, capturing specific economic potential and undertaking assessment of needs of the villages. Under the campaign designated gazetted officers are putting up in different Panchayats for at least two-days including a night halt in assigned villages to take a first-hand assessment by holding direct interaction with people and Panchayat representatives besides visiting public utilities and other community assets.
At Srinagar, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary flagged-off designated officers for ‘Back to Village’ programme from DC Office. The designated officers visited Dara-A, Gandthal and Fakir Gujri-B, Panchayat Halqas of Block Harwan; Balhama-A and Khonmoh-A, Panchayat Halqas of Block Khonmoh and Panzinara-A of Panchayat Halqa Qamarwari of the district.
At Budgam, designated gazetted officers visited 80 Gram Panchayats which included 20 in B. K Pora, 16 in Khag, 14 in Chadoora, 10 each in Budgam, Beerwah and Khansahib blocks of the district.
At Pulwama, in an inaugural function, District Development Commissioner Syed Abid Rashid Shah dedicated Park to the public at Nikas Pulwama. The DDC also visited Gangoo and interacted with the people where locals apprised him with various issues being faced by them.
At Shopian, the programme started in Chitragam, Harmain, ImamSahib, Kanjiullar, Keller, Kapran, Shopian, Zainapora and Ramnagri blocks of the district.
At Kupwara, the programme commenced in 129 Panchayats of the district.
At Bandipora, Back to Village programme in the first phase was inaugurated in 51 Panchayats of the district.
At Baramulla, Deputy Commissioner Dr G.N Itoo kick-started the programme.
At Kargil, Divisional Commissioner Ladakh Saugat Biswas flagged-off a team of officers to the assigned Gram Panchayats here under Back to Village programme.
At Ganderbal, the programme commenced in several Panchayat Halqas. Secretary, Rural Development Department, Sheetal Nanda visited several Panchayat Halqas in Kangan Sub-division where she enquired about the developmental issues faced by the people.
At Kulgam, in the first phase of the outreach, all the visiting officers reported to their places of 57 panchayat halqas where they organized Gram Sabhas.
At Anantnag, the district administration kick-started the weeklong public interface programme from all the 68 Panchayat Halqas of Sagam, Breng and Larnoo blocks of the Kokernag Constituency under the supervision of District Developmental Commissioner Khalid Jahangir.
At Leh, various activities were held to mark the commencement of the Back to Village programme. Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa visited various places in the district to supervise the implementation of the ambitious initiative of the Government.