NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir government has allotted gazette officials for the determined ‘Back to Village’ Programme. It has started in many districts from Thursday, first day of the allotted timeline for the mission from June 20 to June 28 organized across the state.
According to the issue ordered by the General Administration Department (GAD), a gazette officer is required to stay in the assigned Gram Panchayat for at least 2 days including the night halt at the village.
The officers have to collect an account of the feedback from the representatives of the Panchayat and enquire about the development needs of the villagers. The mission is aimed at energizing 4,483 Panchayats collecting feedback and capturing economic potential. A proper assessment is to be conducted of the needs of the villages and for the delivery of government policies in systematic manner.
The boarding and lodging is the slight issue among the villagers, which is creating tension and confusion among the Panchayat members. The officer who visits the Panchayat will be designated as the Nodal Officer for that village.
Rural areas in Jammu and Kashmir face multiple problems including those of roads, schools, health centres, electricity, sanitation and safe drinking water.
Five main problems will be highlighted from each Panchayat. After collection of all the data, it will be put out on the programme’s website and respective administrative departments will be asked to attend to these problems on top priority basis.
The ‘back to village’ programme will continue till June 27 across the state and during this period the entire administrative apparatus of the state government is going to move out of state, provincial and district level offices to reach out to the villages.“Any failure on this account will entail disciplinary action as warned under rules” reads the GAD order.