Day 5: Back to villages programme gains momentum across Kashmir, Ladakh

The day-5 of “Back to Village” programme across north Kashmir commenced with great enthusiasm and response from the public who are taking keen interest in this ambitious programme. People raised various issues with regard to the development of the villages with the officers seeking their intervention for early redressal, an official spokesman said.


In Bandipora, the second day of Phase 2 of ‘Back to Village’ program began with the Panchayat representatives reading out a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the importance of hygiene and sanitation. At Naidkhai A, B, C and D, exhaustive deliberations were held by the visiting officers of the state government and representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs) with the locals. At Odina A in Bandipora, the participants broke down in tears when the visiting officer discussed the malaise of land encroachment and loss of moral responsibility among the people in general.

Meanwhile, Gram Sabhas were held at all the Panchayats of the district with special Gram Sabhas organised for female folk.


In Baramulla, District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Dr G N Itoo paid visit to the Pattan area where he carried out several developmental activities thereby kick-starting the 3rd phase of the week-long programme.

Meanwhile, at Panzipora in Sangrama Block, Special Secretary Tourism, Muhammad Akbar Wani visited various places including Government Boys High School and observed the school need to be renovated at an earliest.


In Kupwara, Secretary Agriculture, Manzoor Ahmad Lone held an interactive session in Panchayat Halqa Sogam-B where large gathering of the people interacted with him and apprised him about several issues being faced by them in their respective areas.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Anshul Garg also toured Moghul Pora Panchayat Halqa and other far-flung Panchayat Halqas of the district to check the pace of the program and got first-hand appraisal of the issues.      

Similarly, in the last phase of Back to Village program various dignitaries including, Director Industries and commerce, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, CEO of Integrated Water Shed Management Programme, Muhammad Rafi, Dy. Director FCS & CA Pirzada Zahoor Ahmad, Private Sectary I & C Department, Zahoor Ahmad Dar and various other officers visited Karnah and dedicated several public utilities to the public in presence of Sub-Divisional Magistrate Karnah Dr. Aliyas Ahmad.

SDM accompanied by CDPO Tangdar and Teethwaal, Fayaz Ahmad visited several Panchayat Halqas which includes Tangdar A, Tangdar B, Diladar and various others.

In Handwara sub division, public meetings and field visits by designated gazetted officers were held in various Panchayat halqas of Kralgund of Langate block, Rajwar block, Ramhal and other various blocks of the sub-division.

South Kashmir

The third phase of the ‘Back to Village’ programme commenced across the South Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag wherein designated officers reached out to people in their panchayat halqas under the ambitious initiative of the government to address people’s grievances and ensuring good governance at the grassroots, an official spokesman said.


In Kulgam, 55 Panchayat halqas were covered during which people were seen providing feedback to the visiting officers to ensure effective implementation of developmental schemes and highlight their issues and grievances. The visiting officers held scores of Gram Sabhas and informed people about the centrally sponsored and state-run schemes for the welfare of the general public.

The programme was held in several Panchayat Halqas of Mirhama, Modergam, Udoora, Gadihama, Pariwan, Nillow, Lakhdpora, Nehama, Largoo, Hatipora Hadigam, Behilbah, Matibugh, Kadder, Turigam, Munadguffn, Tatraypora, Batpora, Sempora, Daderkoot, Kuthbrari, Shinganpora, Hanjan, Beehbrade, Kujjar, Widow Mishipora, Nigeenpora, Lanker Pombay, Dardgund,  Mattilbugh, Parigam, Turigam, Hanjan, and other villages.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani said the administration was taking every possible step to ensure that the programme is held in a hassle-free manner.


In Pulwama, the day marked conduct of Gram Sabhas and awareness camps besides field inspections by visiting officers in the district under the ambitious outreach programme.

Designated officers visited different halqas of the district to assess the developmental demands of people for socio-economic transformation of rural areas.

Director General Planning Shahzada Bilal visited Kunibal area of Pampore to take a first-hand appraisal of grievances of the general public. Similarly, Director Tourism, Kashmir, Nisar Ahmed Wani visited Ratnipora village of the district to take stock of development scenario there.

ADC Tral Shabir Ahmed Raina visited different halqas of Tral to take stock of functioning of the Anagwandi centres, mid day meal scheme and developmental works in the areas.

Similar functions were also held in 29 designated halqas including Amlar, Padgampora, Lalpora, Bargam, Machama, Malangpora, Koil, Trichal, Bbunera, Pahoo, Ratnipora, Mitriham, Kangan, Arigam area of the district where people participated in large numbers.


In Shopian, designated gazetted officers conducted Gram Sabhas and interaction programmes in 32 Panchayat Halqas of the district.

Dr Hafiz Shah, Director Floricultural, visiting officer Panchayat Halqa Heerpora conducted interaction programme in which a large number of people participated.

Meanwhile, in Aglar Litter, Visiting Officer, Director Finance Reyaz Ahmad interacted with the people at the Panchayat to listen to their issues and demands.


In Anantnag, Gram Sabhas and public interaction programmes were held in 134 Halqas of Anantnag of district. Special Secretary to Chief Secretary Arshid Ayoub visited Kadpora village and interacted with the people to assess their developmental aspirations and listen to their issues and demands.

Director General Budgets, Muhammad Yaqoob Itoo and Director Finance, Disaster Management Relief & Rehabilitation, Zahoor Ahmad Wani visited Halqa Munghal of Block Anantnag and Halqa Akad of block K – Pora  respectively.

Central Kashmir


In Srinagar, Back to Village programme began with proceedings in five new Panchayat halqas of Nowgam-A of Srinagar block, Soiteng and Khonmoh-C of Khonmoh block, and Theed-A and Khimber of Harwan block.

The programme included a range of activities including inspection of public facilities and essential services besides detailed public meetings.

In all the five Panchayat halqas the administrators were accompanied by officers from concerned line departments, so as to ensure thorough understanding and recording of developmental concerns raised during the programme.


In Budgam, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Budgam, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar visited Razwan Panchayat Halqa to take stock of issues facing the people.

The DDC was accompanied by ACD, Waseem Ahmad, CEO, CAO, ALC/ AD Labour and Employment, DEPO, other district officers and various other functionaries of frontline departments.

 Visiting Officer to the village, Ravinder Kumar, Managing Director, J&K Infrastructure Company/ SIDCO also interacted with the people of the panchayat halqa.

The CD blocks taken up during the third phase of the programmme include Chadoora, Beerwa, Khag, Budgam, Nagam, Sukhanag and Khansahib involving 84 panchayat halqas.


In Ganderbal the visiting officers interacted with the representatives of PRI’s and public in 31 Panchayats and six blocks. The officials took a detailed appraisal of grievances and demands of people. The officers appealed the public to supplement government efforts towards making this unique initiative a grand success.

In block Lar, the visiting officers reviewed the skill development programs.


At Chattergul, Kangan the initiative was led by Zahid Rashid Khan, General Managar, DIC Ganderbal who was the visiting officer at Panchayat Halqa, Chattergul B Kangan.

He said that they were successfully able to meet the goals of the initiative by putting in efforts to ensure that the panchayats become more pro-active. “Collecting feedback on delivery of government schemes and programmes and capturing specific economic potential is also the aim of the initiative,” he added.

He said assessment of needs of the village was also conducted so that “feedback obtained helps government in need assessment to tailor various central and state schemes,” he added.

Ladakh division

Constitution of Social Audit Committees, conduct of Gram Sabhas and public interactions, visits to health centres, educational institutions and Anganwadi centres besides field inspections by visiting officers were highlights of the Day-5 of the ‘Back to Village’ outreach programme in the frontier Ladakh division.

In Leh, to achieve the objectives of the ambitious initiative, various programmes were held in all the 16 blocks of the district under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner Avny Lavasa.

In Kargil, on the fifth day of the week-long outreach initiative, scores of Gram Panchayats and public interaction programmes were held in the district wherein visiting officers informed the people about various welfare schemes and took their feedback to improve the efficacy of the development projects.

The programmes were held in Salapi, Cha, Tungri, Karsha in Zanskar Sub Division, Parkachik, Barsoo, Mulbekh, Chowkiyal, Kukshow and GM Pore, Kanoor, Thangdumbur, Goshan, Gindiyal, Karamba, Thasgam, Stakpa and Kharbu areas among the 60 halqas that were covered today.