Back to Village 2.0: Govt sanctions Rs 50 cr for dev works in Panchayats
Srinagar, Dec 17:
Picking up threads from where it had left last month, Jammu and Kashmir
government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for developmental works that were
identified during ‘Back to Village’ programme 2.0.
‘Back to Village’ 2.0, at least 5000 government officials stayed in each Gram
Panchayat and listened to demands and grievances of the people.
its good governance mission, Jammu and government has sanctioned Rs 50 crore
for 15 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. As per the government order, each
district will get Rs 3 crore for undertaking works identified during ‘Back to
“The list of
identified works shall be furnished by the divisional commissioner Kashmir and
Jammu and the district development commissioners to the Finance Department
within a period of 15 days. Only such works shall be undertaken which can be
completed during the current financial year. Funds shall be utilized after
following due tendering procedure and observing all the required codal
formalities,” the government order reads.
An official of
Finance Department said district development commissioners have been told to
identify “high priority works” with high impact.
been asked to focus on power, sanitation and roads. Government will assign
Panchayat members to undertake the works,” the official said.
directed officers to maintain records of works and ensure transparency in
utilization of funds. Officials have also been told to review the progress of
works initiated after ‘Back to Village’ programme 1.0 held in June this year.
The official said
that objective of ‘Back to Village’ was to strengthen the grassroots democracy
in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier government
had released Rs 5 crore for works which were identified during ‘Back to
Village’ programme 1.0.
To ensure funds
reach grossroots, authorities have directed officials to maintain transparency
in funds meant for Panchayats in Kashmir.
“It is mandatory
to ensure that the funds in the account of the Halqa Panchayat are properly
used and that the balance available prior to the notification of constituted
Panchayats or appointment of administers are in order. Every transaction in the
said Halqa Panchayat account is as per the financial rules,” reads a government
order issued earlier.
Centre, as part
of its initiative to empower around 40,000 elected local representatives in JK,
had earlier enhanced the financial powers of Panchayats tenfold from Rs 10,000
to Rs 1 lakh, and that of block councils from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh.