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B2V aims at making rural economy self-reliant, self-sufficient: Kansal

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Kathua: Principal Secretary, Information, Higher Education, Rohit Kansal Wednesday said that the aim of the ongoing Back to Village (B2V) programme is to make the villages self-reliant and self-sufficient.

Kansal made these remarks as he visited remote Panchayat Hutt in district Kathua to preside over an array of activities during the ongoing B2V programme Phase-4.

DDC chairperson Kathua, Mahan Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Kathua; Rahul Pandey, ADC Basohli Ajeet Singh, district and sectoral officers, Sarpanch Surinder Singh and other concerned officers accompanied him.

Kansal expounded on the concept of B2V and urged the rural populace to actively participate in the ongoing programme which is meant to assess the developmental achievements projected during previous B2V programs.

According to an official press release, Kansal said that the main aim of B2V-4 is to make the rural economy self-reliant and self-sufficient by exposing village people to new skills, vocational training and covering them under tailor-made government schemes of self-employment through proper hand-holding.

Referring to the record tourist footfall in J&K during the current year, he said Panchayat Hutt also holds tremendous potential to emerge as one of the attractive tourist destinations owing to its picturesque and scenic beauty.

Kansal directed the officers to focus on saturation of all schemes of their respective departments to provide benefits to deserving people in a transparent and hassle-free manner.

While interacting with the students, he took feedback from them about facilities available for them in the Panchayat.

He also participated in Gram Sabha wherein he interacted with representatives of PRIs to take stock of their issues pertaining to welfare and development of their respective areas.

After giving patient hearing to the concerns of the Panchayat inhabitants, the visiting officer assured that their genuine issues like Road Connectivity, Piped Water supply, disbursal of Local Area Development Fund ( LADF) from NHPC SEWA project, shortage of School and Medical Staff will be taken up with concerned at appropriate levels to ease out the sufferings of the local populace.

Kansal also distributed the loan sanctioned letters of various government schemes viz PMEGP, banks besides distributing AB-PMJAY Health cards. He also distributed Land Passbooks among the local landowners.

Earlier, the Principal Secretary planted a sapling in the premises of GHSS Hutt where he appealed to people to encourage afforestation as a means to keep the environment clean and green. He also flagged off a rally of Anganwari workers.

Kansal also visited the under-construction CFC Hutt building, besides inspecting other developmental works of the panchayat. He also took feedback from the general public about the implementation of welfare schemes as well as developmental activities being executed in their respective areas.

Kansal also informed the audience that the visiting officers would act as mentors for one year for their respective Panchayats acting as a bridge between them and the government.

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