Govt fails to empower PRIs: Bhalla

Former Minister Raman Bhalla during 'Panchyat Conference' at Chatha Farm in Jammu.
Former Minister Raman Bhalla during 'Panchyat Conference' at Chatha Farm in Jammu.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 12: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla today addressed Panchyat Conference at Chatha Farm and Chatha Pind of Gandhi Nagar constituency under ‘Challo Panchayat ki Aur Maha Panchayat’ to review the current developmental scenario, besides the outcome of ‘Back to Village’ events and many other developmental issues regarding Panchayats.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said that The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has launched 2nd phase of 45 days mission under the banner of “Congress Panchayat Ki Aur”. The programme was organized by PCC member and Block president Amrit Bali.
He said programme is aimed to get feedback of Sarpanchs and Panchs, hold threadbare discussions on the developmental issues concerning people and exposing Govt’s failure to empower PRIs, besides addressing the rising unemployment, unprecedented price hike and many other issues of public importance, which were being ignored by the Government.
Bhalla alleged that ‘Back to Village Programme’ of the Union Government has turned out merely flop show as the most of the projects of different Panchayats across the Jammu and Kashmir during ‘Back to Village Programme’ could not be implemented till date. He pointed out that entire Administration in the Jammu and Kashmir was involved in this ‘hollow’ show.
“Big banners were raised everywhere and advertisements were published in prints and electronic channels by District Administrations, but the outcome of this campaign was zero on the ground,” he alleged.
Describing the much publicised scheme as a flop show, Bhalla said that it utterly failed to win the confidence of Panchayats, which were literally starving for want of funds. Seeking immediate clearance of past liabilities besides early commencement of work with respect to planned schemes of current year, Bhalla said that focus should be on ground delivery rather than baseless hyped announcements merely for political reasons.