‘Back to Village Prog’ seems merely flop show: AJKPC

AJKPC chairman Shafiq Mir addressing press conference in Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
AJKPC chairman Shafiq Mir addressing press conference in Jammu on Thursday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 21: Chairman of All Jammu & Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC), Shafiq Mir has alleged that `Back to Village Programme’ of the Union Government is turning merely flop show as the works projected by different Panchayats and local villagers across the Jammu and Kashmir during Ist phase of `Back to Village Programme’ in June this year could not be implemented till date.
Talking to media-persons here today, Shafiq Mir, who is also Chairman of the Block Development Council from Bafliaz in Poonch, pointed out that entire Administration in the Jammu and Kashmir is involved in this `hollow’ show. Big banners every where and advertisements in newspapers and also on electronic channels are appearing for the last few days. Majority of the officials from District Administration, Sub Divisions/ Tehsils, RDD, Information and various other departments have been engaged in the campaign, but the outcome of this campaign is zero on the ground.

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AJKPC leader said there are no results visible on ground from the Phase Ist of the campaign, no works/ plans projected during that time were implemented. The Govt now started 2nd Phase of the programme, without taking review of the Ist phase works and promises. Panchayats are not being taken into confidence or involved in the programme. With which face again the officers would go to the villagers for the second phase of the campaign, he asked.
Mir further alleged that since the formation of Panchayats in the Jammu and Kashmir, no funds were released in favour of Panchayats for development during last one year, while Government functionaries making hollow claims on funds, thus misleading the public. Even the Lt Governor is being mislead over the success of this campaign.
He said BDC elections are over, but nobody knows about the office of the chairman, his functions/ powers and salary etc. They are still in confused state. There is no accountability. Even the Government has miserably failed to clear Rs 800 crore liability created in the RDD.
Seeking intervention of Lt Governor, GC Murmu, Mir claimed that people were not happy with the working style of J&K machinery. The public issues have remained unaddressed. It seems Govt has no road map for the empowerment of the PRIs in the Jammu and Kashmir. Provincial president of AJKPC, Arun Sharma and other senior members also accompanied Mir.