Stating that Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) are vital for development of rural areas, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq Khan today said steps are being taken to make the grass-root institutions fully functional by empowering them "so that rural populace gets maximum benefits of rural development schemes".
The Minister was addressing a meeting of members of PRIs of Poonch, Nangali, Sathra, Mandi and Loran blocks convened to review developmental schemes and the functioning of the panchayats in the district.
ON the occasion, ACD Poonch Dr Basharat Hussain briefed the Minister regarding various ongoing schemes of the department besides apprising him about the challenges before the department in the district including Rs 23.65 crore liabilities under MGNREGS.
Stressing for creation of durable assets in villages, Khan asked the PRI representatives to formulate plans keeping in view the overall developmental needs of the villages urging them to ensure tangible impact of the rural development schemes on ground.
Emphasizing on the need for greater efficiency and accountability of the PRIs, the Minister said steps are being taken to digitize them by providing necessary e-infrastructure and internet connectivity reasoning that availability of online information regarding different schemes and status of works will ensure accountability and efficiency of these democratic institutions.
Warning the officials to desist from indulging in wrongdoings, the Minister said that government has started massive drive for making state corruption free and in RDD verifications are being conducted to detect lapses in the implementation of developmental schemes warning further that stern action shall be taken against the wrongdoers.