SRINAGAR – The six-day-long“Back to Village” phase second began in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir amidst allegation by panches and sarpanches that promised made during the first phase were not implemented on the ground.
However, the administration claimed that development works identified during the first phase of Back to Village are in the pipeline.
Hundreds of employees besides District Development Commissioners (DDC) of all districts in the Kashmir valley and secretaries of different departments will visit different villages and other far flung and remote areas to hear the grievances of local population. The officers during their stay in these villages for two days and one night will also approve on the spot sanction for some local works.
The first phase of back to village was held when the state was under Presidents rule before August 5, when centre scrapped Article 370 and 35 A, besides downgraded the state and divided it into two UTs.
However, the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (PC) and other organizations and individual panches and sarpanchs besides Block Development Commission (BDC) commissioners alleged that works identified and promises made during the first phase of back to villages were not implemented on the ground.
There is absolutely no change in the situation on the ground and people are still facing shortage of electricity, bad roads, water shortage, health facilities and lack of other basic infrastructure.