Create sustainable assets, strengthen rural connectivity under MGNREGA: Abdul Haq

Panchayat award soon for best performing RDD official

RAJOURI, NOVEMBER 24:- Underlining the  need for  creation of  sustainable  assets  under MGNREGA to strengthen the connectivity  network in rural area and to develop them at par with urban areas, Minister  for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq khan  today directed Deputy Commissioners of Rajouri and Poonch districts to make out comprehensive  plans based on projected  demands for the work needed to be taken up   under convergence plan  so that rural  populace gets maximum  benefits of rural development schemes.

The Minister was chairing  a meeting of senior officers of district  administration  of Rajouri and Poonch district  along with sectoral officers  of Rural Development  Department convened  to review the functioning  and achievements  registered  in Rajouri  and Poonch districts  under Rural Development schemes.

Deputy Chairman Legislative  Council, Jahangir Mir, Vice Chairperson, Pahari Advisory Board, Kuldeep Raj Gupta, MLAs, Qamar Choudhary, Ravinder Raina, Javaid Raina, MLCs, Vibodh Gupta and  Yashpal Sharma, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Haroon Malik, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri,  Shabir Ahmed Bhat, Director Rural Development, Jammu, M.L Raina and other seniors officers were present in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister  laid stress on   taking up works like construction of foot bridges , culverts , pacca path ,link roads in every Panchayat  so as  to give a new face to  rural areas and make them at par with urban areas. He added that creating such facilities at rural level will check migration. He asked officers to create tanks, ponds, wells and revive traditional water conservation structures under MGNREGA so as to take care of drinking water needs of that particular area.

Reviewing in detail various  work taken up in all the Panchayat  of these districts, the Minister  impressed upon the officers  to maintain quality  standards while executing the works. He said that he will personally carry out surprise  visits to ensure whether his directions were implemented on ground  or not.

Regarding IAY,the Minister directed  the ACD’s to ensure the construction of houses  on approved model only. He also announced that  ‘state level Panchayat award ‘will be given by the end of this financial year  to those officials who will perform with dedication and asked all the officials  present there to put their best efforts while executing developmental work as it is their work which will give  them identity in the department .

Underscoring the need to provide better civic  facilities  to the people living in rural pockets, the Minister directed the concerned  to ensure construction of latrine points under norm to the households with no sanitary facilities  so as to make  this state   100% open defecation  free  besides he asked the field functionaries  to ensure   complete ban on use of polythene  in their Panchayats and directed the BDOs  to challan offender to implement this in letter  and spirit. He directed the DCs   to send action taken report in this regard to his office on monthly basis.

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