JAMMU, Dec 27: Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, J&K, Sheetal Nanda, today inaugurated a 4-day training-cum-workshop organized for Additional District Development Commissioners (ADDCs), District Panchayat Officers (DPOs) and Block Development Officers (BDOs).
The workshop was organized at Jammu & Kashmir Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (IMPARD), Jammu in collaboration with National Institute of Rural Debvelopment and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad.
While speaking on the occasion, Sheetal Nanda stressed on the importance of healthy and vibrant functioning of Panchayats. She said the Panchayat is the fulcrum of village development and prosperity and that the Panchayat members should execute their functions responsibly.
Director Trainings IMPA, Reva Sharma, Course Coordinator, NIRD&PR, Pratyusha Patnaik, Director Panchayat, J&K, Nazir Sheikh, Director General, RDD Jammu, Rehana Batul and Director RDD, Kashmir, Qazi Sarwar were also present on the occasion.
Deliberating on the need for organizing such training cum workshop, Sheetal Nanda said, “A team of Master Trainers need to be prepared and trained so that the team can further impart the same to Sarpanches and Panches at District & Block Levels.”
She further added that Sarpanches and Panches should be made cognizant of their rights, roles and responsibilities. “Sarpanches and Panches shall be imparted detailed trainings for making them aware about the guidelines of all the centrally sponsored schemes such as PMAY (G), MGNREGA, SBM, IWMP etc and also participatory and need based planning including Mission Antodaya, GPDP so that all the schemes and programmes of the government are planned effectively and implemented efficiently at the ground level.”
The Secretary added that the holistic development of villages is possible only when the Panchayat members realize their roles and responsibilities and understand the importance of building social capital over infrastructure.
She also instructed that Gram Sabhas should be convened in the villages ensuring maximum participation for proper planning of works as per their needs and priorities with adequate emphasis on marginalized sections. Such people friendly plans should then form the basis for overall planning in the State.