Back to Village-2 concludes in Kupwara, strikes chord between admin, people

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Kupwara: The second phase of ‘Back to Village’ (B2V2), a conceptual programme initiated by the Government with an aim to reach-out to the doorsteps of the people, concluded here today.

The weeklong outreach programme has struck a chord with the administration and people with locals hailing the government’s initiative aimed at transforming socio-economic profile of rural areas.

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The visiting officers, deputed by the government directly interacted with the people and the representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions. Their interaction not only paved way to formulate developmental plans as per the ground requirements and needs of the people but also energized Panchayats to gear up for overall development of rural areas.

In order to make the ambitious people friendly programme more captivating and attractive, District Administration Kupwara coincided various welfare and developmental activities with the outreach programme.

During the programme, District Development Commissioner, Anshul Garg visited various areas of the district to oversee the conduct of the programme. He along-with senior officers participated in various Gram Sabhas, inaugurated scores of developmental works and laid foundation stones for various development projects. He also provided helping aids and incentives to the poor and needy people during these Gram Sabhas.

“We participated in Gramsabhas to register our demands”, said Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a resident of Hayhama, adding that the demand for improvement of LT network at Qasbah Hayhama was fulfilled and they are thankful to the ‘Back to Village’ programme.

Executive Engineer, Electric Division Kupwara informed that 41 LT networks have been improved in Drugmulla, Hayhama, Kupwara, Machill, Reddi, Chowkibal, Trehgam, Sogam, Keran, Pathroo, Tangdar, Teetwal, Meelyal, Kuligam and Kralpora blocks of district Kupwara with an expenditure of Rs.119.5 lakh under Back to Village Programme.

It was said that three 100KVA and four 63KVA transformers worth Rs.10.25 lakh have been purchased and installed in Border Tangdar Sub Division to improve the power supply in the area under B2V2 programme.

Besides, 32 solar street lights costing Rs.30.4 lakh have been installed in far flung and border areas of Keran, Machil, Jumgund and Budnamal under the outreach initiative.

Locals in border areas like Keran and far-flug area of Madmadow, Kalaroos expressed their gratitude to the government’s B2V2 initiative where under these villages got adequate water supply. “We have expended Rs.9.60 lakh on providing water supply to Daddar Halqa, Patroo Kundiyan in Keran and Rang Madmadov in Kalaroos under B2V2 Programme,” said Executive Engineer PHE Division Kupwara, adding that 30 more such schemes are in progress at an estimated cost of Rs.79.76 lakh in Drugmulla, Hayhama, Kralpora, Qadirabad, Kalaroos, Meelyaal, Sogam, Wovoora, Keran and Kalaroos blocks of district Kupwara.

During the weeklong programme, Labour Department announced incentive of Rs 40.71 lakh in favour of 470 construction workers as education assistance for providing better education facilities to their wards.

Meanwhile, on the valedictory day of the campaign various visiting officers interacted with the people and Panchayati representatives in various Gram Sabhas across the district.

SDM Karnah, Bilal Mohiddin Bhat inaugurated Kani Shawl Training Centre at border Tehsil Tangdar. The Centre shall be run by Handloom Department Kupwara under Aspirational District Programme. Around 30 girls will get training at the Centre.

In Rajwar block of Handwara Sub Division, visiting officer inaugurated playfield at Satkuji. The playfield was developed at a cost of Rs. 6.30 lakh. Other visiting officers conducted Gram Sabhas at Sarmarg village in Rajwar block and Warpora in Zachaldara block.

During the week long programme, 385 Gram Sabhas were conducted in 24 blocks of the district to profile developmental needs of the rural areas.