Back to Village 2.0: Panchayat reps to act as nodal officers for dev works
Srinagar, Nov 22: Panchayat
representatives will act as nodal officers for the developmental works that
will be undertaken under the ‘Back to Village’ programme 2.0.
“Back to Village programme will focus on empowering and
energizing Panchayats. Once the officer identifies works, Panchayat members
will be given the responsibility to complete the project,” said a top officer.
Government has already directed officials to identify works
in each Gram Panchayat. The five-day ‘Back to Village 2.0’ kicks off on
“Each officer will stay in a Gram Panchayat for two days and
listen to the demands and grievances of people,” said an official of Rural
Government officials have also been told to review the
progress of works initiated after Back to Village 1.0 held in June this year.
“Around Rs 5 crore has been released for works in each
district under Back to Village 1.0. Officials will now review these works and
submit report to government,” he said.
An official said Centre has released Rs 1000 crore to
Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir. “Around Rs 700 crore will be released in next
few months. Government wants funds to be spent through Panchayat members,” the
Secretary, Rural Development Department, Sheetal Nanda said
that objective of ‘Back to Village’ is to empower Panchayats in Jammu and
“Each officer will be assigned a Gram Panchayat to identify
works. Government wants to strengthen Panchayat system in Jammu and Kashmir for
which Centre has been releasing huge funds,” Nanda said.
Panchayats, in addition to being involved in the selection
of eligible beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes, can get Rs 50
lakh-80 lakh per year for implementation of key national schemes like National
Health Mission and Samagra Shiksha etc.
A Panch from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district said
government wants funds for Social Welfare Department, Rural Development
Department, Education, Health and Agriculture to be spent through Panchayat
He however said that security was a major concern for
panchayat members. “I have visited only twice to my constituency for the last
three months. People of my constituency visit me at a hotel and enquire about
their problems. We are not able to review the developmental works in our
constituencies,” he said.