Programme concludes in 21 halqas, people register grievances, demands


Srinagar: Phase-II of ‘Back to Village’ programme which saw huge response filled with enthusiasm and high hopes for redressal of genuine developmental grievances, today concluded in 21 panchayat halqas of the district.

The week-long programme witnessed huge public participation in interactions, inaugurations of development works, awareness programmes on welfare schemes, Gram Sabhas, public grievance redressal camps.

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The visiting officers were accompanied by officers from line departments to ensure proper understanding and recording of grievances and concerns which will be submitted to the office of the DC for further action.

In Gandthal, the visiting officer, Ghulam Hussain inaugurated a culvert at Mufti Bagh S.E canal which is being executed by Rural Development Department at a cost of Rupees one lakh. Pertinently, the R&B Department has approved reconstruction of two culverts at Manas and S.E canal in the area at an estimated cost of Rupees 19.59 lakh.

In Theed-B, the Visiting Officer, Abdul Ahad Bhat visited Sharashbal and urged tribal population of the area to avail benefits of the government sponsored schemes. He also highlighted the significance of the Back to Village programme saying that the programme’s sole aim is to energise the panchayats by making the idea of participatory planning a reality and listening as well as redressing the grievances of the public and providing basic facilities at their doorstep.

In Theed-B, People demanded implementation of Water Supply Scheme (WSS) at Aabnag Sharashbal, setting up Fire Service Station in the area and Development of irrigation canals from Kanwan to Bilal Colony. People also demanded upgradation of Sharashbal and Chopan Mollha-Astan Sharif roads.

In Soitang people expressed satcification over various works approved in phase-I of the programme including fencing of graveyard at Ziyarat Sharief Gundbal, Soitang being constructed at a cost of Rs 2.62 lakh and construction of drainage at a cost of Rs 2.62 lakh at Gundbal Soitang. The people demanded early completion of under construction Pandrathan-Wathpora Bridge.

In Faqir Gujri-A, people demanded deployment of Ambulance, medical and para medical staff in PHC besides improving transport service, hill stabilization and construction of retaining wall around roads to avoid accident in the area.

The People demanded early assessment of crop losses caused due to recent snowfall, establishment of Agriculture Seed Sub-store, food processing unit and introduction of high yielding crop varieties to boost the economy of the area. They also demanded installation of street light and realignment of HT and LT transmission lines.

The people expressed satcification over the implementation of Tulpathri-Faquir Gujree Water Supply Scheme coming up at a cost of Rupees 35 lakh in the area. Pertinently, the sachem will cater 70 percent population of the area besides areas without tap water facilities.

In Syedipora, people expressed satcification over the widening of 5 km road around water canal and 1.5 km Ehal Darbagh road in the halqa which was put forth during the first phase of the programme. The people also demanded establishment of sports field and macadamization of various inner roads in the area.

In Khimber, people expressed satcification over upgradation of Public Health Center and deployment of Female Multi-Purpose Health Worker (FMPHW) in the area. They also demanded establishment of bank branch with ATM besides early implantation of 14 works approved and identified during the first phase of ‘Back to Village’ programme conducted in June this year.

The Visiting officers, Chief Accounts Officer Finance Arzoo Khaur, Assistant Director DIPR Abdul Ahad Bhat, Assistant Director P&S DIPR Ghulam Hussain, Accounts Officer UEED Javeed Ahmed Tantray, Administrative Officer Revenue Department Zahoor Ahmed Deewani and Assistant Executive Engineer Technical Education Reyaz Ahmad Gassi visited at Soitang panchayat halqa, Theed-B, Gandthal, Syedipora, Khimber and Faquir Gujree-A of panchayat halqa Harwana the district during third phase of the programme.