Back to Village-2 concludes with massive public participation in Budgam


Budgam: The second phase of public outreach programme ‘Back to Village’ (B2V2) concluded today across the 296 Panchayat Halqas of 17 Blocks in the district evoking massive participation of people in the government’s initiative.

Public interactions, Gram Sabhas, sports activities, awareness campaigns, field visits, awareness on Government and centrally sponsored schemes, grievances redressal camps, sanitation and cleanliness drives and other related activities were held during the week-long programme.

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Formation of bio-diversity management committees, inauguration of playfields, bridges, roads, link roads, distribution of sports kits, organizing of melas and exhibitions by various departments were other activities conducted during the outreach programme.

Among the designated visiting officers, who held public interaction sessions in Budgam include Commissioner Secretary Floriculture, Sheikh Fayaz, Secretary Youth Services and Sports, Sarmad Hafeez, Managing Director J&K Infrastructure Company, Ravinder Kumar, Special Secretary HUDD, Muhammad Harun Malik, Director Finance, Reyaz Ahmad, Commissioner Survey Land Records, Shahnawaz Bukhari, GD JD Tourism, Fayaz Ahmad Banday, Deputy Secretary Tourism, Waseem Raja, Shahid Ali Mirza, Private Secretary to Commissioner Secretary Forest and other Secretariat, divisional and district level officers.

The programme was held with main objectives of sensitization of PRIs, review and assessment works taken under B2V Phase-1, inauguration of various developmental projects, identification of areas of economic potential, need assessment of the Panchayats besides overall assessment of public services.

Visiting officers also met social activists, prominent citizens, general public, and listened to their issues and demands.

Out of 296 Panchayat Halqas, 86 Panchayat halqas were covered under first phase of the programme while as 96 and 118 Panchayat Halqas were covered during the second and third phases of the B2V2 programme respectively across the district.

Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai who also visited various Panchayats during the campaign, said that the programme was conducted successfully which generated positive response from the public.

He said that people across the district came forward enthusiastically and actively participated in projecting their demands and highlighted their grievances. He said that during the programme development works were prioritized and GPDP plan was formulated keeping in view the potential for economic activities of rural areas.