Reiterating Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration’s commitment towards empowering youth for a peaceful and prosperous society, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan said that youth has a pivotal role to play in achieving the objective of socio-economic transformation.
“The present dispensation under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor is keen towards resolving the issues that our youth are largely facing”, he said.
Khan was speaking at a function organized in village Seerjagir of Sopore area in connection with the third phase of ‘Back to Village’ programme (B2V).
Highlighting the objectives of B2V, Khan said that such an initiative provides an appropriate platform to evaluate government schemes and programmes. “Bridging gaps between people and administration has been our top most priority. Various reach out programmes are being conducted in order to take governance at the peoples’ door-steps,” he said.
Khan maintained that empowering PRIs through financial devolution and proper decentralization has been top most priority of the administration. He also termed public participation in decision making as an essential component to percolate the fruits of development at the grass root level.
Meanwhile, Khan inaugurated several developmental projects worth Rs 24.26 lakh in Sangrama block that were completed under 14th FCA, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), and other flagship programmes. Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G.N Itoo presented a brief developmental profile of the district besides presenting the achievements recorded in various sectors during the previous phases of B2V.
Dr Itoo also highlighted the outcome of the recently concluded Jan Abhiyan campaign and informed that the J&K government has released Rs 10 lakh to every panchayat halqa in which Rs 20,000 has been utilized on purchasing sports items as a move to promote sports among youth.
He also raised some issues hampering the development process and sought intervention of the Advisor in resolving them.
Earlier, Khan inspected the stalls put up by several departments viz horticulture, agriculture, education, etc displaying their programmes and services. He also distributed several equipment, kits and certificates among the beneficiaries sponsored by horticulture, agriculture, education, revenue, Youth services and sports departments.
He also distributed cheques worth Rs 1.25 crore lakh as financial assistance among 1470 registered labour beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, various deputations including PRI representatives, civil society members highlighted their issues and demands meant for overall development of the area and sought Khan’s personal intervention for resolving them.
Khan assured that all genuine demands and grievances shall be fulfilled as early as possible. He announced that steps shall be taken up to augment drinking water supply keeping in view the persistent demand of the locals. He also said that a public park shall be established in the village and initiatives shall be taken to develop sports infrastructure in the area.