Rural Development dept mired in violations, no sign of Social Audit

Rural Development dept mired in violations, no sign of Social Audit

Srinagar: Following complaints of irregularities and misappropriation in implementation of schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD), Government of India, had in March last year directed Jammu and Kashmir’s Rural Development Department to constitute an independent Social Audit Unit (SAU) in order to bring transparency […]

Mehbooba asks Rural Deptt to conserve ponds, streams

Mehbooba asks Rural Deptt to conserve ponds, streams

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti Saturday asked the Rural Development Department to undertake conservation, cleaning and restoration of water sources in villages like streams, ponds and wells. She asked the Department to take other steps to restore the rural ecology as well besides their routine job of rural development. Addressing a function here after inaugurating […]

Minister dismayed over unimpressive performance under MGNREGA in Pulwama

Minister dismayed over unimpressive performance under MGNREGA in Pulwama

PULWAMA: Expressing dismay over mediocre performance in implementation of (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) MGNREGA in Pulwama, the Minister for Rural Development, Abdul Haq Wednesday took a serious note of fewer ‘man-days’ generated in the district. According to an official press note, the minister has ordered initiation of action against the non-performing officers […]

Rural anti-polythene drive. Disposal? No clue

Rural anti-polythene drive. Disposal? No clue

Srinagar: The rural development department is launching an initiative to rid villages of polythene waste from May 11, but it has no plans ready so far on how to dispose of tonnes of accumulated polythene garbage. Director, rural development, Kashmir, Gazanfar Ali told Kashmir Reader that the department would, for now, store the generated waste […]

Wet weather for today: MeT

Wet weather for today: MeT

By Nazima Sidiq    Srinagar: Many parts of Kashmir valley received rainfall since Tuesday evening, while as the meteorological department predicted moderate rains for another 24 hours. “Light to moderate rainfall widespread in the both upper and plain regions is expected for next 24 hours,” MeT officials said. Weather is likely to improve after 24 […]

CM vows to mitigate difficulties of physically challenged persons

CM vows to mitigate difficulties of physically challenged persons

JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stressed on factoring in the needs and requirements of physically challenged persons while framing the policies and plans for various sections of the society. Interacting with a deputation of physically challenged persons who had come to meet her under the auspices of J&K Handicapped Association, the Chief Minister said her […]

‘Preparations on to conduct Panchayat polls’

‘Preparations on to conduct Panchayat polls’

SAMBA: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq said preparations for holding Panchayat elections in March this year are on. The Minister, during his visit to Samba here on Sunday, said that the government is committed to empower Panchayats with more powers to ensure that these vital units are optimally utilised […]

MGNREGA funds to be used to create productive assets

MGNREGA funds to be used to create productive assets

SRINAGAR: MGNREGA funds would be utilized for creating productive assets in the rural areas instead of squandering the same on unproductive works, as was the practice in the past. This was stated by Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan while reviewing physical and financial achievements in the rural development […]