CS reviews functioning of RDD, SWD

CS Arun Mehta chairing a meeting in Jammu on Monday.
CS Arun Mehta chairing a meeting in Jammu on Monday.

*Directs 100% geo-tagging of developmental works

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 6: The Chief Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to review the progress achieved by the Rural Development Department under various centrally sponsored schemes.
The Chief Secretary directed the Department to ensure 100% geo-tagging of all assets being created under MGNREGA and PMAY(G), besides developing time-series data to track progression and development under the schemes. The Department was also asked to undertake de-weeding of ineligible beneficiaries under PMAY(G) and close the scheme by December 2021.
He directed the concerned to display the lists of all developmental works being undertaken in the current financial year at Panchayat Ghars including the expenditure on material and labour.
Dr. Mehta emphasized the creation of a database capturing the necessary information of PRI members and formulation of a mechanism to collect their feedback on completed works in their respective jurisdictions. “Work authentication by the concerned elected representative of the PRI will ensure proper monitoring of various developmental works and strengthen the grass-root democracy, he said”.
The Department was asked to ensure the creation of at least 20,000 SHGs and their linkage with various banks and markets.
The Chief Secretary further directed the Department to prepare all village-level sanitation plans by 15th December 2021 and ensure their implementation in convergence with the MGNREGA scheme by developing infrastructure for scientific solid and water waste management and associated biogas generation.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary chaired a meeting to review the functioning of the Social Welfare Departments and achievements under various schemes.
The Chief Secretary directed the Department to ensure that all residential homes for minor children obtain required registrations before 31st December 2021 after which no such home will be allowed to function without complying with the Government norms and guidelines. Further, the Department was asked to undertake an extensive IEC campaign to popularize the child helpline 1098 to facilitate reporting of cases of child neglect and cases of children in need of assistance.
The Department was also asked to evaluate the number of children in street situations and upload the survey details on the Bal Swaraj portal within 1 week; to be subsequently provided with assistance as per directions from the Supreme Court of India.
The Chief Secretary directed the Department to operationalize all non-functional Anganwadi Centres, besides opening new Centres, as per the sanction given by the Government of India, within one month. The Department was also asked to ensure that all Anganwadis have functional toilets, water connections, and Poshan Vatikas. Moreover, the Department shall focus on providing Government accommodation to at least 4,300 Centres in the next financial year through convergence with MGNREGA, District CAPEX, and PM Adarsh Gram Yojana in consultation with the PRIs and develop these centres as hub of various activities.
Further, the Chief Secretary directed the Department to open at least one each of Child Care Institute, Nari Niketen, and Old Age Home at each district for providing required assistance to the targeted population. The Department was asked to saturate all individual beneficiary schemes including pension, scholarships, and PM Matru Vandana Yojana.
The Chief Secretary also reviewed the preparatory works on the rollout of the Prevention of Child Rights Act, 1955; SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989; and State Action Plan for Senior Citizens, which are being implemented for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir.