Second phase of 'Back to Village' programme commences in Jammu and Kashmir

The second phase of Government’s flagship ‘Back to Village’ (B2V2) outreach programme aimed to provide governance at the doorsteps of the rural populace and to enlist community participation commenced across the Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

The week-long public outreach campaign would be  more intense than the earlier phase as it shall mainly focus on empowering Panchayats, follow up of B2V1, 100 per cent coverage of beneficiary oriented schemes and doubling income of rural people by giving more impetus to the rural economy.

The programme will see more than 5000 gazetted officers and 657 UT and Directorate Level officers visit their assigned Panchayats to receive the first-hand appraisal reports at the grassroots level about the developmental works. The officers shall prepare a report card and critical gap analysis at the end of their 2-day visit to a village on a pre-circulated format.

Lieutenant Governor, Advisors, Chief Secretary and other senior officers will be visiting various Halqa Panchayats in both Kashmir and Jammu Divisions between 25 to 30 November.

One of the primary objectives of the B2V-2, which represents institutionalization of ‘Back to Village’ programme, is to handhold the Panchayats and to assist them wherever they face any impediments in using the funds devolved for development based on local priorities to further strengthen grassroots democracy and participatory development.

The programme will also assess the progress of resolution of priority issues of a Panchayat for which Rs 5 Crore have already been released to each District. Emphasis will also be laid on creating awareness in the Apple Districts of Kashmir Division during the Programme about the Special Market Intervention Price Scheme for procurement of Apple crop.

Every line department has been assigned a specific role to play during this government initiative and the frontline workers of each department shall proactively participate in this unique effort to energize Panchayats to realize a total transformation in the rural profile.

The week-long activity will primarily witness Government-public interactions, inaugurations of development works, awareness programmes on welfare schemes and effects of Single-use plastic, convening of Gram Sabhas, public grievances redressal camps besides seeking public suggestions and feedback.