JAMMU, Nov 22: Ridiculing the statements that the First Phase of Back to Village was a total failure and Centre was misled by State administration in this regard, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sushma Chauhan today said that it is totally wrong that no work was done during the First Phase of Back to Village Programme which was held five months back in J&K.
Talking to reporters here, to apprise them about the salient features of Second Phase of Back to village programme to be launched from November 25 to November 30 in J&K, she said that during the First Phase of Back to Village a blue print of 305 Panchayats was made in Jammu in which work has been started and out of them work was completed in 50 Panchayats also.
She said “there was good response to Back to village programme last time and this time too we are going to the field with a mission to be accomplished”. The main thing for success of the programme is that officers will go in the field, see response of the people about the various schemes and development works and also know the ground level situation there. Moreover this time new works will be identified for deliverance, she added.
She said actually the blue print of works was made during the first phase of Back to Village programme and the Phase Two will be the improvised version of Phase First. She said officers from Civil Secretariat and district officers will visit the villages and spent two days and one night there. They will interact with people and take feed back about different Government schemes from them, she added.
Chauhan said the focal point of the Second Phase will be improving the Panchayati Raj system in the UT. She said 21 departments are functioning at grass root level. The implementation of the schemes launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi like social security scheme, Pension scheme etc will be reviewed and if in a particular village it will be found that some old age persons have not been provided pension they will be included in the scheme, she added.
She said it will also be ascertained that what impact has been there on First Phase of Back to Village Programme as the focus will be on four things strengthening of Panchayati Raj. Besides, doubling of farmers income in the Phase Second, she added.
She said some officers will be the same who have been in the First Phase of Back to Village programme while some have been changed keeping in view of overall scenario.
Chauhan said the Panchs, Sarpanchs and Block Development Chairpersons (BDCs) are part of the programme and she appealed the BDCs to come forward and make the programme a grand success in the UT.
She said the essence of Back to village Programme is that the execution period of the work should not be more than six months i.e the work taken in hand should be completed in a stipulated period of six months. A report has been framed on the Gram Panchayat works and languishing projects will also be taken up in hand, she added.