Samba, Apr24: Urging all the public representatives to give priority to the underprivileged to realise the Mahatma Gandhi's dream of PoornaSwaraj through Gram Swara, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinhasaid that collective efforts of common man and Panchayats are playing an important role in realizing big dreams of small villages of UT.
“By establishing and strengthening three-tier grassroots democracy in J&K, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured rapid & inclusive development,” added the Lt Governor.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor conferred awards to the concerned awardees of UT Level Panchayat Awards. He also launched 'Mera Samba' Swachhta App for Community Participation and inaugurated 18 Nokia Smartpurs for Samba & 6 for Anantnag.
The Lt Governor addressed the Panchayati Raj representatives and highlighted the stories of best performing Panchayats of J&K that have been awarded in three categories at the national-level. These Panchayats are inspiring other PRIs for improving delivery of services and public goods, he added.
The Lt Governor called upon the elected representatives to complement government’s efforts in implementation of the groundbreaking 29 projects worth Rs. 5013 crore for the holistic development of agriculture & allied sectors.
“As powerful agents of Socio-Economic change and engines of rural development, Panchayats are making a significant contribution to the nation building and empowering the citizens to meet the challenge of sustainable development,” said the Lt Governor while participation in the celebration of National Panchayati Raj Day at Palli, Samba today.
“Rural growth is the main pillar of the Country's development and to achieve our objectives, Gram Panchayats will have to play a major role in economic empowerment of all the citizens, ensuring benefits reaching the last mile and active participation in grassroots planning and execution,” said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor said the historic visit of PM Narednra Modi to Palli laid the foundation for making panchayats in the UT strong andAtmanirbhar. I am proud that Palli is shining in various sectors and it has emerged as a model of rural development, he added.
The Lt Governor highlighted the major steps taken to strengthen grassroots democracy in Jammu Kashmir.
“Devolution of Funds, Functions & Functionaries and seamless coordination at each of the levels of three-tier system of Panchayati Raj has given tremendous boost to aspirations of rural society. It is our firm resolve to make PRIs more powerful, efficient and effective,” the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor also spoke on progressive policies and schemes aimed at increasing farmers’ income, enhance their skills and directly connect them with various Centrally Sponsored and UT’s schemes.
“ I am confident that the success of this Holistic Agriculture development plan will guide the prosperous future of Jammu Kashmir and help in doubling the contribution of agriculture sector in J&K’s GDP in the next 5 years,” he said.
The Lt Governor also inaugurated Smriti Kaksh and flagged off ‘SwachhtaKarwan’ to mark the occasion. A compendium on Amrit Sarovars& Coffee Table Book on the capacity building & training of Elected Representatives of J&K was also released.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, Member Parliament; KeshavDutt Sharma, DDC Chairperson Samba; DDC Chairpersons; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Administrative Secretaries; PRI members, senior officials and a large number of people were present.
LG reviews implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission & SBM-G
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired a review meeting on Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) today and appraised the district-wise status of ongoing and completed works under Jal Jeevan Mission across J&K UT, here today.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Union Secretary of Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, (DDWS) in Ministry of Jal Shakti, Vini Mahajan; Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti Department, ShaleenKabra, along with other officers attended the meeting.
The Lieutenant Governor also discussed the quarterly action plans for coverage of Household Tap Connections and the community mobilization in implementation of JJM.
The chair was briefed on the various important components of the Jal Jeevan Mission including status of tendering/allotment of works, procurements, financial requirements under JKIDFC & JJM, Water Quality Monitoring & Surveillance, NABL Accreditation of District Level Laboratories, Slow Sand Filtration Plants etc.
Discussions were also held on SBM-G. The chair was briefed about progress in construction of Community Sanitary Complexes, targets for ODF Plus villages and Solid Waste Management. The Lt Governor observed that community participation is key to speedy implementation and JJM & SBM (G) should become a Jan Andolan with the help of PRIs and Citizens.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation at Shastri Nagar Jammu, today.
The Lt Governor appreciated the noble initiative of Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation and stressed on encouraging the life-saving act in society in the form of blood donation.“Blood donation is a great service to humanity. It is a gift of life and I urge all the citizens to come forward and donate blood”, said the Lt Governor.