Back to Village; First phase concluded with conduct of Gram Sabhas, formation of Social Audit Committees across district Budgam
Budgam, June 21: During the second day of ambitious village outreach programme, Back to the Village, designated gazetted officers stationed in 80 Gram Panchayats of 6 CD blocks of the district supervised the conduct of Gram Sabhas. During the Gram Sabhas, PM’s letter addressed to Panchayats was read by the officers to the people, which stressed on conservation of water. Gram Sabhas later on discussed various issues including development issues facing them and deliberated upon Gram Panchayat Development Plans and prioritized works under it which are to be taken during current financial year. During the day, social audit committee were also formed in the Gram Panchayats wherever they were not in place. Enrollment of beneficiaries under PM kissan and PM SYM, participation of people in exhibitions/awareness camps, cleanliness drives, distribution of certificates / submission of application forms under different schemes/ pensions schemes, distribution of soil testing cards among beneficiaries were other prominent activities of the day. Exhibition camps of about 20 departments including agriculture, animal/sheep husbandry, horticulture, health, social welfare, education, rural development, labour and employment were also held. Grievance redressal centers were established in the Gram Panchayats. The Gram Panchayats visited included Bugam Chadoora, Arigam Khansahib, Choon, Budina, Pallar Budgam, Habbar, Drang, Lassipora, Kokerbagh, in Khag and Beerwah. In Arigam, Khansahib, DC Budgam, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar interacted with the people and listened to issues raised by them. The main demands raised by the people included completion of water supply schemes, establishment of J&K bank branch, education and agriculture zone and construction of diversion bridge. The DC assured prompt resolution of their demands. Deputy Commissioner also visited Arizal and chaired public grievance redressal meetings. In Khag besides the main activities of the day school children participated in various cleanliness drives and job cards/ soil testing cards were distributed among the beneficiaries. Villages witnessed positive response of the people towards this pro- people programme and came forward actively in projecting their demands and highlighted their grievances.