Centre Soon To Announce Financial Package For J&K: LG

LG Manoj Sinha addresses presser in Srinagar

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said on Monday that government of India will soon announce a financial package to revive the economy of the Union Territory.

Addressing a news conference at Raj Bhawan here on Monday, Sinha said that a committee constituted to suggest a package for the revival of business and other ailing sectors of J&K has submitted its report which is under consideration of the Government of India and a “big announcement about a massive financial package will be made within a week.”

Terming the Back to Village programme as historic, Sinha said that the administration is committed to give transparent and people centric governance in Jammu and Kashmir.

“As we are aware that this exercise involved the visit of over 4000 Gazetted officers of J&K to each and every Panchayat and spending two days and a night there. It was also an opportunity to support and strengthen the newly constituted Panchayats,” LG said.

He observed that the programme was a big success as there was a free and frank discussion on issues, problems, and complaints.

“People participated enthusiastically and it was almost a festive atmosphere,” he recalled the flagship programmes two earlier phases,” he said.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special mention of it in his “Man Ki Baat”, calling it “festival of development, public participation and public awareness and again made a mention of the programme in his Independence Day speech of 2020,” he added.

Giving the background of the second phase of B2V, the LG said that encouraged by the success of the programme, the government organized the B2V2 programme in November 2019.

On the occasion, the focus was on ensuring that funds and functions devolved to the Panchayats were used without any bottlenecks and that beneficiary oriented schemes actually reached to the last person.

“We have planned the 3rd version of the programme Back to Village–3 B2V3 from October 2nd to 12th and it shall be far more advanced, action packed and ambitious than its predecessors. It shall be an action programme in order to build on and resolve the issues raised earlier,” Sinha said.

He further said the actual programme shall be preceded by a three week long Jan Abhiyanphase with three important component viz Adhikar Abhiyan (Muhim Barai-e-Haqooq)-Service Delivery and 100% saturation of beneficiary scheme; Unnat Gram Abhiyan (Dehi Taraqiyati Muhim)- Mega Development push at the ground level and Jan Sunwai Abhiyan (Awami Sunwai Muhim) – Public Grievance Redressal.

Sinha said that during the Jan Sunwai Abhiyan phase, a Block Diwas shall be organised in every block/sub division headquarter on every Wednesday of a week when all departmental functionaries shall be available at a notified place with all supporting staff and equipment to ensure immediate on the spot disposal of applications and redressal of grievances.

“Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police and senior district officers to personally visit each block/sub divisional headquarters over the three-week Jan Abhiyan period (September 10 to October 1, 2020) and public hearing daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am for 5 days a week by DCs and SPs,” he said.

He further stressed on to address public grievances religiously and visit all subdivisions on rotational basis by DCs, SPs and designated Additional Deputy Commissioners and Additional Superintendents of Police for larger reach of the Jan Abhiyan.

On this occasion, LG informed that the government has also launched the JKIGRAMS- Jammu and Kashmir Integrated Grievance Redress and Monitoring System to completely revamp, strengthen and decentralize the existing Grievance mechanism.

The LG also directed all administrative secretaries to visit their allotted districts and review the Muhim and guide the DCs.

“As part of Unnat Gram Abhiyan (Dehi Taraqiyati Muhim)- B2V1/B2V2 demands shall be prioritised for execution. It shall be ensured that at least 2 major works identified as demands/ priorities during B2V1/B2V2 are completed before October 2, 2020. Over Rs 400 crore have already been authorised for the same,” he said.

The LG elucidated that the 21 day action packed Jan Abhiyan shall culminate into a 10 day B2V-3 programme where the experiences and achievements of the preceding weeks shall be collated.

“To my mind, this flagship practice is the first such attempt at a concentrated and determined developmental push” the Lt Governor said.

“I am confident that this unique effort shall earn the respect of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and that it will be remembered for long as a unique and sincere effort of the government to reach out to the door steps of the people,” he added.

Later, the LG issued various necessary directions to all the Deputy Commissioners for the smooth and successful conduct of the flagship programs, through Video conferencing from Raj Bhavan, an official spokesperson said.

The LG, he said maintained that the government is committed to empower villages. He directed the DCs to ensure that people themselves decide and government machinery acts as a facilitator in the overall developmental process.

“The LG exhorted that people should not face any difficulty in accessing the services of the government. The Lt Governor also set the timeline of September 30, 2020 for saturation of individual beneficiaries of all Centrally Sponsored Social Assistance and Welfare schemes,” the official spokesperson added.

LG Reviews Covid-19 Management

Governor Sinha also took stock of Covid-19 situation in Jammu and Kashmir in two back to back video conferences with all Deputy Commissioners and Doctors in the Union Territory.

Taking cognizance of the various media reports regarding problems being faced by COVID patients admitted in various facilities, LG Sinha held two back to back video conferences with all Deputy Commissioners and Doctors handling the COVID management at the forefront and reviewed the measures being taken for the overall containment of the deadly infection in the Union Territory, an official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG was briefed by Prof. A. G. Ahangar, Director SKIMS; Dr. Nasib Chand Digra, Principal, Govt. Medical College Jammu and Dr. Samia Rashid, Principal, Govt. Medical College Srinagar about the updated status of patient management, facilities being provided, and the status of requisite medical equipment, medicines, and oxygen supply.

“Deliberations were also held on various important aspects, including increasing the testing capacity, awareness on COVID-19 SOPs by involving religious leaders, better roster management to ensure availability of experienced doctors round the clock etc, which are imperative for effective management of Covid patients,” the official spokesperson said.

He said the Deputy Commissioners along with the Chief Medical Officers briefed the LG about the measures being taken to ensure adherence of Covid SOPs and perimeter control in areas having a high density of positive cases.

“The Lt Governor directed the DCs to ensure that the available resources are efficiently utilized within their respective districts. He also asked them to ensure that they deal with the public as well as the frontline workers in a cordial and sympathetic manner,” the official spokesperson said.

Sinha, he said also sought active support of religious leaders and prominent persons to create awareness about Covid SOPs.

The official spokesperson said that while appreciating the efforts of Doctors, Civil & Police personnel, paramedics, and all frontline workers, the LG exhorted upon all concerned to make concerted efforts and leave no stone unturned in their fight against Covid.

“The Lt Governor observed that People have a lot of expectations from all frontline workers, especially Doctors and the situation demands that everyone rises to the occasion to serve in the best possible way. He also assured tertiary hospitals/ medical colleges of full government support to address their concerns in the fight against Covid,” the official spokesperson said.

‘There should be no compromise with hygiene inside hospital premises and preemptive measures be taken to ensure the supply of requisite facilities to the patients’,” he added.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG said that the mortality rate can be reduced with aggressive testing and early care

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