POONCH, SEPTEMBER 22: Member Legislative Council, Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, Tuesday reviewed the functioning of Rural Development Department.
District Development Commissioner, Nisar Ahmed Wani, Assistant Commissioner Development, Dr. Basharat Hussain and other senior officers attended the meeting.
The ACD briefed the MLC about the status of various developmental works being done in blocks under different schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, SBA etc. and highlighted various achievements and challenges before the department. He informed that funds released under various schemes for execution of developmental works are being utilized and the concerned BDOs are closely monitoring the works to ensure that quality is not compromised.
Dr. Ganai, while addressing the officials of RDD, stressed for creation of durable assets in Panchayats so that the benefits accrue to the general public. She emphasized involvement of PRIs in formulation and implementation of developmental works in Panchayats.
Dr. Ganai expressed optimism that “Mera Gaon, Mera Jahan” would be a success and called upon the RDD functionaries to contribute in ensuring overall development of villages. She said comprehensive planning is key to overall development of a village and for that the role of senior functionaries in the district particularly in guiding the PRIs in plan formulation is of utmost importance.
Responding to the issue of liability under MGNREGA, Dr. Ganai said that release of funds under MGNREGA is a serious issue since it involves the pendency of payment to labour class and urged the DDC to ensure that these liabilities are cleared at the earliest. She also impressed upon the authorities for expediting construction of toilets in each village saying that the motive behind Swach Bharat Abhiyan should be reflected on ground. Besides, the issue of liability under IAY and several other developmental issues pertaining to far flung villages were discussed in detail.
Stressing for greater coordination at different levels, Dr. Ganai asked the officers to show greater empathy in addressing developmental issues of rural populace.