As part of the three-week Jan Abhiyan programme being held in Kashmir districts ahead of the Back to Village 3 or B2V3 programme an impressive public outreach programme was held at the block level at block and sub-divisional headquarters in Srinagar.
The programme named Block Diwas was held in all four rural blocks of Srinagar where government departments held special camps aimed at reaching out to the residents in efforts to redress their grievances and register those eligible under government sponsored welfare schemes on the spot.
Senior officers of the administration chaired the camps at headquarters of rural blocks of the district. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P. K. Pole visited and chaired the camp held in Harwan block. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary flanked him.
In other blocks the camps we’re held under the chairmanship and supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioners and Chief Planning Officer Srinagar. While ADCs Khursheed A. Shah and M. Haneef Balkhi chaired the camps in Srinagar and Qamarwari blocks respectively the camp held in Khonmoh block was chaired by CPO M. Yaseen Lone.
In each block over two dozen departments took part in the public outreach programme held therein holding special camps where grievances were redressed and demands and requests for different kinds of facilities were disposed off on the spot.
In a notable event the Labour Department of the district authorised a substantial 330 cases of financial assistance and disbursed an aggregate of 28 lac rupees in favour of registered labourers to enable their children to take up academic and professional courses.
The department also authorised cases of chronic diseases assistance disbursing an amount of over 1.1 lac rupees in favour 3 eligible construction labourers on the occasion.
Hosts of other similar and dissimilar events marked this special public outreach initiative the district administration held at the block level across rural Srinagar.
In another notable event the Social Welfare department of the district sanctioned financial assistance under the Integrated Social Security Scheme or ISSS in favour of 52 eligible beneficiaries.
Thirty-two of these beneficiaries were old-age persons and the remaining 20 were women in distress and physically challenged individuals. Each of these beneficiaries will now get a monthly assistance of ₹1000. In addition to it over 40 eligible persons were issued pension forms.
During the programme those eligible for them were also enrolled under other government schemes as available. In the sheep husbandry sector alone nearly 50 eligible sheep rearers were enrolled under the government's KCC Scheme.
Under the PMEGP and JKREGP schemes over 30 eligible beneficiaries were enrolled to the Khadi & Village Industries Board. Beneficiary enrolments were also made in the horticulture sector under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture or MIDH scheme.
Different kinds of documents and certificates were also issued on the occasion of this special public outreach programme. Together over 200 different kinds of certificates were issued to residents of blocks where the programme was held.
While these mainly included Income Certificates (165) these also included Domicile Certificates (25) and Social Caste Certificates (04). Over 20 revenue extracts were also issued on the occasion.
Today's Block Diwas programme also included several other kinds of services and events. Besides stalls installed for awareness about various government initiatives the programme also saw registrations made under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and for the Aadhaar card. In each block sports kits were also distributed during the outreach programme there.
On the occasion of the programme COVID-19 rapid antigen testing was also held at each camp site. Those in attendance were also handed out masks and sanitisers.