SRINAGAR: In order to provide impetus to the implementation of development schemes/ programmes across the newly created 177 CD Blocks in the state, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the creation of 100 posts of Panchayat Inspector, G-I and 77 posts of Panchayat Inspectors, G-II.
The much-needed initiative would make these 177 CD Blocks fully functional. Presently, in the newly created blocks, only Village Level Workers (VLWs), Multi-Purpose Workers (MPWs) and Gram Savikas are available for assistance of the Block Development Officer (BDO) and in the absence of adequate number of posts of Panchayat Inspectors, the hierarchical structure of the Rural Development Department remained highly skewed.
With the creation of these 177 posts, all CD Blocks in the state of J&K will have a Panchayat Inspector. This also increases the promotional avenues for lower staff.
As Panchayat elections in the state are going on, with the state government saying it is intending to empower panchayats both financially as well as administratively, the availability of Panchayat Inspectors, who are the custodians of the panchayat properties and records, attains additional significance.
In addition to this, a large number of state/centrally sponsored schemes are being implemented in the blocks including MGNREGA, Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBM), which further necessitates strengthening of the rural development institutions in terms of adequate manpower. This is a step in that direction.