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B2V is celebration of inclusive development, Jan Bhagidari & public awareness: LG

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Reviews progress of deliverables during B2V prog

Srinagar: “Back to Village is the celebration of inclusive development, Jan Bhagidari and public awareness. It is a unique and ambitious exercise of taking the government to the doorsteps of people, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said Saturday while chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress and further action plan for saturation of deliverables during the ongoing Back to Village (B2V) programme.

According to an official press release, the LG highlighted the role of the people, public representatives, and government departments in the peace and development process. He said it is not just the police and security forces’ responsibility to establish peace but also the prime objective of every stakeholder of the community, as well as those in the civil administration, to ensure all sections of society enjoy the fruits of development.

“Back to Village also provides an opportunity to every single individual to foil the nefarious attempt of anti-social elements. People should expose justification or condoning of terrorism under whatever pretext by those trying to disrupt peace,” the LG said.

“People are now coming out on the street to isolate individuals spreading hatred and inciting violence. People want development, prosperity for the society and a better future for the country. Those with vested interest are rattled by the overall transformation in the Union Territory and fast-paced socio-economic growth,” the LG observed.

On being briefed about the targets aimed to be achieved during the ongoing B2V programme, the LG directed the Deputy Commissioners and concerned departments to ensure saturation of all deliverables.

“‘People First’ should be the spirit of the Back to Village programme. It is the administration’s responsibility to watch over the interests of the common man and help them to prosper. Officers on the ground must establish close interaction and cooperation with the people as well PRIs, monitor quality of delivery of public services and bottlenecks in the field to be assessed,” the LG told the officers.

“It is our aim to saturate the deliverables, identify gaps and take immediate corrective measures. The effective implementation of initiatives under the Back to Village will strengthen the economic growth and social change,” he added.

“Our focus is on Youth, Skill Development, Self-Employment, Strengthening of PRIs, Nasha-Mukt Panchayat, 100 percent saturation of welfare schemes for sustainable and inclusive development,” he further added.

The LG directed the visiting officers to identify the youth for self-employment and skill development programmes as per their abilities.  He further called for taking on board private and government banks for providing financial assistance to youth for Self-employment.

The LG also asked the IT department to create awareness among youth about the online gaming gambling, cyber and information security threats.

On the sidelines of the meetings, the LG took stock of the situation of Lumpy skin disease in the UT and directed for intensifying fogging and vaccination activities, especially in rural areas.

Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary to the Government, Information Department briefed the meeting about the action-oriented deliverables for the fourth edition of B2V.

“Over 25,000 government employees at all levels will participate including 4,500 gazetted officers who will be deployed to Panchayats. Around 15-18 lakh people are expected to participate in the Back to Village-IV. Target has been set to issue 2 to 2.50 lakh certificates under various services.

As many as One lakh Ayushman Bharat Golden Cards and around 10 lakh land passbooks are to be issued, and 60,000 to 65,000 youth (15 youth per panchayat) for self-employment assistance and one lakh youth (20 youth from every panchayat) for skill training are to be identified,” the press release informed.

Stalls of Common Service Centres are being set up, besides camps for specially-abled persons are being held in panchayats. E-shram Cards, Apki Zamin Apki Nigrani, working of Paani Smitis, Painting of Digital J&K in every Panchayat, testing of quality of water, inspection of Amrit Sarovars & Youth clubs; inspection of Patwari & VLW offices; minimum one sports and one cultural activity in every panchayat are among the deliverables of the B2V programme, the release said.

It said the performances of visiting officers to be evaluated and ranking of departments will be done on the basis of feedback received from the people. Data of the Back to Village-IV will be digitized, it was informed.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department; Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners, Head of Departments and other senior officers attended the meeting, in person and through virtual mode, at Civil Secretariat.

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