Terming village as a basic parameter of gauging the prosperity of a State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today said that rural empowerment is key to the development of Jammu & Kashmir.
Addressing a gathering at Baran village in Balwal block here today after inaugurating 152 Panchayat Ghars of Jammu division electronically, the Chief Minister said it is her wish to develop villages as complete units of governance under Panchayati Raj. She said the development of the State is incomplete without the development of villages.
The Chief Minister hoped that these 152 Panchayat Ghars, which have been built over a cost of Rs 31 crore, would be used as community assets in villages for extending IT facilities and other welfare programmes to people besides functioning as centres of local governance.
Earlier, in his address, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said the present Government has vowed to unite people and regions by unleashing a developmental revolution all across the State. He said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti have resolved to take Jammu & Kashmir towards a better and bright future.
Minister for Rural Development Department, Abdul Haq in his address said the present Government under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti has taken a huge developmental initiative which is set to transform the profile of the State.