Gram Sabhas held in 335 Panchayats, 120 Panchayat Secretariats setup
ANANTNAG: Gram Swaraj Mahina is being held throughout Anantnag with much fervor. While Gram Sabhas have been held in all panchayats of the district, the Panchayats are abuzz with various other activities like sanitation drives, inauguration of development works and holding of sports tournaments.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Dr Piyush Singla said that in the first days of the Gram Swaraj Mahina the district has held Gram Sabhas in all panchayats and there has been fruitful deliberations in the sabhas on the development plans for the ongoing fiscal.
He said that the gram sabha lies at the crux of Jan Bhagidari (participative democracy) as people take decisions on developmental issues which in turn are for their own well being.
He said that Gram Sabhas are also critical in formulating practical and implementable development plans as all stakeholders have been taken onboard.
Converging the focus of the forest department and RDD, plantation drives have been organized in more than 65 panchayats in the last 10 days. Most of these plantation drives have been carried out in non-forest areas to augment green cover in the district.
Dr Singla said that Green Panchayats have been a focus point for the district and in addition to plantation drives, solar lights have been installed at several places in the district to shift towards use of cleaner sources of energy.
Under the aegis of Swach Bharat Mission, more than 130 sanitation drives have been organized in the district in the last 10 days. There has been special emphasis on removal of polythene waste during these drives with the aim of creating polythene free panchayats.
Cleanliness of local water bodies has been undertaken extensively. These activities, spearheaded by PRIs, have seen significant participation from common people.
Over the last financial year, the district had completed 4000 development projects. Several such works were inaugurated last week. The district was abuzz with sports activity. Cricket, volleyball, tournaments were organized at various places with healthy participation of youth.
The tournaments were a fresh breather as outdoor activity remained restricted in the last two years owing to the pandemic.
Dr Singla said that a detailed activity plan has been formulated for Gram Swaraj Mahina and added that the focus is on saturation of welfare schemes. He said several camps will be organized in different parts of the district for covering any left out beneficiaries.
He said that more than 120 panchayat secretariats have been setup in the district with ground level functionaries including Patwaries, VLWs, etc directed to remain present to provide easy accessibility to common people. He said 100 more such secretariats will be setup in the coming week.