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JAMMU, Jan 24: All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has expressed its gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their seven-day-long unique outreach programme of Union Ministers which concluded in J&K on Friday.
“Historic opportunity was provided to the common masses of J&K during the past 70 years wherein they had a direct interaction with the union ministers at block and Tehsil level. The interactions of union ministers with elected Panchayat members were also significant as the latter apprised them of various issues confronting the Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs). It has set a good precedence for the future,” Anil Sharma, J&K UT president of AJKPC said in a statement.
The AJKPC leader termed the decision of Union Ministers’ outreach programme as a step taken in right direction to assess the ground situation in J&K and start developmental works at Panchayat, Tehsil and block levels.
“The outreach programme has brought a new hope of good governance among the masses as they believe that the people-friendly initiatives would be taken as follow-up of the programme and the general public would be benefitted with all Centrally Sponsored Schemes,” Sharma said.
The AJKPC leader also urged the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister that all the visiting Union Ministers should stay for a night at block level and Tehsil level, as a follow-up of the Outreach programme, on the pattern of ‘Back to Village’ programme of J&K government to take firsthand feedback of the ongoing development activities.
During the outreach programme, Sharma also submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey at block Dansal on January 19 wherein he demanded for opening of a degree college in Dansal and Nagrota blocks, an ITI College, a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Dansal and setting up of a trauma centre at Kishenpur-Manwal area of block Dansal.
While appreciating the Union government’s outreach programme, the AJKPC leader apprised the Union Minister about the various issues concerning PRIs in J&K.
Meanwhile, the AJKPC leader also welcomed the decision of the UT administration to celebrate the Republic Day at block and Tehsil level by involving the elected chairpersons of Block Development Council.
“It is great honour for the elected BDC chairpersons to take salute at their respective block and tehsil headquarters on the eve of Republic Day. We appeal all the BDC chairpersons to take salute of R-Day parades with great enthusiasm at their block headquarters. Such move will usher a new era of empowered grassroots level democracy in Jammu and Kashmir,” Sharma said.
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