SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 14: Terming the Back to Village programme as historic, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha remarked that the administration is committed to give transparent and people centric governance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference at Raj Bhawan’ s Auditorium, the Lt Governor said that in June 2019, the J&K government embarked on the Back to Village programme, a unique and ambitious exercise for enabling government at the doorsteps of people. “As we are aware that this exercise involved the visit of over 4000 Gazetted officers of J&K to each and every Panchayat and spending two days and a night there. It was also an opportunity to support and strengthen the newly constituted Panchayats,” Lt Governor told the media persons here.
The Lt Governor observed that the programme was a big success as there was a free and frank discussion on issues, problems, and complaints. “People participated enthusiastically and it was almost a festive atmosphere,” he recalled the flagship programmes two earlier phases. Not only this, the Lt Governor added, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special mention of it in his “Man Ki Baat”, calling it “festival of development, public participation and public awareness and again made a mention of the programme in his Independence Day speech of 2020.
Giving the background of the second phase of B2V, the Lt Governor said that encouraged by the success of the programme, the government organized the B2V2 programme in November 2019.On the occasion, the focus was on ensuring that funds and functions devolved to the Panchayats were used without any bottlenecks and that beneficiary oriented schemes actually reached to the last person. “We have planned the 3rd version of the programme Back to Village–3 B2V3 from October 2nd to 12th and it shall be far more advanced, action packed and ambitious than its predecessors. It shall be an action programme in order to build on and resolve the issues raised earlier,” the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor further said the actual programme shall be preceded by a three week long Jan Abhiyan (Awami Muhim) phase with three important component viz Adhikar Abhiyan(Muhim Barai-e-Haqooq)-Service Delivery and 100% saturation of beneficiary scheme; Unnat Gram Abhiyan (Dehi Taraqiyati Muhim)- Mega Development push at the ground level and Jan Sunwai Abhiyan (Awami Sunwai Muhim) - Public Grievance Redressal. Enumerating the salient features of the pre-B2V-3 programme, Lt Governor Sinha said that during the Jan Sunwai Abhiyan (Awami Sunwai Muhim) phase, a Block Diwas (Youm-e-Block) shall be organised in every block/sub division headquarter on every Wednesday of a week when all departmental functionaries shall be available at a notified place with all supporting staff and equipment to ensure immediate on the spot disposal of applications and redressal of grievances.
“Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police and senior district officers to personally visit each block/sub divisional headquarters over the three-week Jan Abhiyan(Awami Muhim)period (September 10 to October 1, 2020) and public hearing daily from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 am for 5 days a week by DCs and SPs,,” he said.
The Lt Governor further stressed on to address public grievances religiously and visit all subdivisions on rotational basis by DCs, SPs and designated Additional Deputy Commissioners and Additional Superintendents of Police for larger reach of the Jan Abhiyan.
The Lt Governor informed that the government has also launched the JKIGRAMS- Jammu and Kashmir Integrated Grievance Redress and Monitoring System to completely revamp, strengthen and decentralize the existing Grievance mechanism. The Lt Governor directed all administrative secretaries to visit their allotted districts and review the Muhim and guide the DCs.