Back to Village-2 campaign ends on high note in Bandipora

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Bandipora: The second phase of week-long ‘Back to Village’ (B2V2) outreach programme concluded Saturday on a high note across the district during which designated officers profiled developmental needs of rural areas.

The Back to Village-2 programme was held in 151 Panchayats of the district in three phases during which the designated officers reached out to the people in all the Panchayat Halqas to review the implementation of decisions taken in first phase of B2V, assess development needs, inform people about welfare schemes and take their feedback for socio-economic transformation of rural areas.

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During the week long programme, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza visited more than 70 Panchayats and took part in the programme and also inspected several activities taking place during the campaign.

The DC said that 138 officers were deputed from within the district while as 13 senior officers from secretariat were also deputed in the district. Principal Secretary Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon spent two days in Nesbal Panchayat.

He said the visiting officers will document the problems and will recommend solutions that will be later assessed by the government and initiatives would be taken accordingly to redress them.

On the concluding day, DC Bandipora visited a dozen Panchayats including Badibera, Sumlar, Malangam, Aloosa, Sonerwani and distributed horticulture and farming tools among the farmers besides planted trees in schools. He also provided paddy thrashers to the villages for community use. He was accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Development Bandipora Jahangir Ahmad Khandey, Chief Horticulture Officer Bandipora and Chief Agriculture Officer Bandipora.

In other parts of the district, visiting officers in 50 Panchayats held interaction with PRI representatives and reviewed the progress of the works taken up after first phase of B2V.

They also inspected the ongoing developmental works besides inaugurated works taken up during first phase of Back to Village programme.

At Darmahama village in Bandipora block, General Manager DIC Feroz Ahmad Mir inaugurated the protection wall constructed in the village and also inspected the site for construction of Panchayat Ghar. Assistant Director Food Reyaz Ahmad Malik laid foundation stone of the fencing of Panchayat Pazalpora and also inspected several ongoing projects including drains and irrigation channels.

The officers also reviewed the implementation of several welfare schemes including marriage assistance scheme, Old Age Pension, Education Assistance to labours and other schemes and cross checked the data available with the locals to verify whether the schemes are being implemented on ground.

During the day long activities, officers of different departments informed the audience about several welfare and employment generation schemes and urged them to avail benefit of these schemes. They also collected feedback about implementation of different schemes especially with regard to non-sanctioning of benefits under individual beneficiary oriented schemes.