Panchayati Raj System
After the central government implemented 73rd and 74th amendment of the constitution, the Panchayati Raj System got its teeth. Central government has been now transferring the funds to the panchayats directly empowering them to work on the ground for the benefit of common people. Recently LG Manoj Sinha met a delegation of PRI representatives from Kashmir. During the interaction he said that PRI representatives are key stakeholders in holistic and equitable development. They are playing a major role in reaching out to the last person in queue with all the benefits of the government schemes and it clearly shows in our path breaking achievements in the last two years.
The District Capex Budget has been substantially increased in the last two years. Government has minimized human interface in availing various government services for citizens. It is in place to mention that more than 200 public services are available on net for the citizens in Jammu and Kashmir.
He cited comparison of various parameters in health, education, social welfare, agriculture, rural development, and power sectors, which have seen visible improvement in the last three years. The Neonatal Mortality Rate was 23.1 in J&K UT. It has come down to single digit, 9.8. Infant Mortality Rate was 32.4 in 2015-16 , today it has come down to half i.e. 16.3. The under-5 mortality rate was 37.6 in 2015-16, which has come down by half to 18.5 today. And, in all these parameters J&K today leads the national average. The national average of Teacher-Pupil ratio in primary education is 32:1 while in J&K it is 14:1. The national average of water coverage is 50.30% while in J&K UT it is 57.86. The national average of forest and tree cover is 24.62% while in J&K it is 54 %. The national average of per capita energy consumption is 1208 units while in J&K it is 1384 units.