Jammu: The roots of “Jan Bhagidari” in the governance process in J&K have now further deepened with the launch of “Awaam ki Awaaz” programme, which went On-Air today on all channels of All India Radio (AIR) J&K. The telecast of the programme was also broadcast on DD Kashmir.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, during the radio programme, voiced valuable insights from general public for crafting and formulating a strategy to draft development policies that are reflective of people’s aspirations, and making the governance more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of the people.
The programme is a novel initiative aimed at seeking the feedback from the public and giving them a platform to share their suggestions and views, thus making the process of governance more participatory.
The first episode of “Awaam ki Awaaz” programme received huge response. The Lt Governor expressed his gratitude to all the citizens for making valuable contributions in making the developmental process more people-centric.
Speaking on the suggestions sent by Nasira Akhtar from Khanmoh about development of small companies, promotion of women entrepreneurs and loan assistance to the entrepreneurs of J&K from Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI) , the LG said that the four types of incentives extended to both small and big companies in the new Industrial Development Scheme of Rs. 28,400 crore for Jammu and Kashmir by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will benefit both new and extant industries and businesses.
We are determined to create an ecosystem for budding and existing women entrepreneurs across the Union Territory by providing financial assistance and training. A new scheme ‘Tejaswini’ was announced on International Women’s Day, under which interest free financial assistance will be provided to women between the age group of 18 to 35 years, the Lt Governor responded during the programme.
He further informed that SIDBI is in the top priority list of the administration with its two offices to be fully functional here very soon.
The Lt Governor assured all those associated with handicrafts that the administration is committed to the development and promotion of these world-class products of Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to a suggestion sent by Dr. Jasleen from Jammu for prioritizing reimbursement to cancer patients and retired government employees over the routine reimbursement; and providing incentives to the Frontline Warriors, who are serving the society selflessly in this era of Corona epidemic, the Lt Governor acknowledged the huge contribution of frontline health warriors in the fight against Covid pandemic.
The Lt Governor asked the top officers of Health Department to take Dr. Jasleen’s suggestions on priority. The Lt Governor conveyed his best wishes to Ms. Uma Sharma from Basohli for composing 75 poems on the Azaadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav in the next 75 weeks. The Lt Governor maintained that Rugby Turf and Synthetic Hockey Turf Project which were unveiled at Polo Ground last year are expected to be completed during the current financial year.
LG maintained that the J&K Government has devised a plan for sustainable and stable development of villages.
Now, the development of the villages will be decided by the villagers themselves. This year, the funds allocation to panchayats has also been doubled. I hope all the people will come together to formulate a people-centric development plan and work with full enthusiasm for the betterment of fellow citizens, said the Lt Governor.
In the coming years, the new Industrial Development Scheme will take industries up to the block level and will go a long way in providing employment opportunities to the youth in their own areas and making villages self-sufficient, he added.
Jammu and Kashmir administration is making efforts at various fronts to promote different models of online education and is taking appropriate steps in this process, maintained the Lt Governor.
COVID cases are witnessing an upsurge. Steps are being initiated to curb the spread of the virus. I urge the people to follow Covid SOPs and extend their cooperation with the Corona Warriors in this fight against the deadly virus, said the Lt Governor.In this difficult period of Covid pandemic, our rural areas have emerged as role models for the whole country. Many examples have come to the fore, which make us realize that the ultimate duty of life and the greatest prayer is human service, observed the Lt Governor.
He extended his deepest gratitude to the doctors, medical experts, scientists, police forces and other frontline warriors engaged in the fight against Corona.
During the programme, the Lt Governor also extended his heartiest greetings to the people on the occasion of Navratri and the holy month of Ramazan.