After establishing the panchayat system in Jammu and Kashmir, the government is trying to empower them on the ground.
Recently Chief Secretary, virtually participated in the panchayat level convergence meetings across the UT in connection with the finalization of the Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) 2023-24.
These meetings saw the enthusiastic participation of panchayat members, Prabhari Officers, senior citizens, local youth from villages in large numbers. These meetings of Gram Sabhas provide an opportunity for locals to come together and participate in the decision making process for their respective panchayats.
He said that GPDP is a participatory decentralised planning process of Gram Panchayat for overall development of the villages by utilising all available resources, adding that interdepartmental coordination is important in this regard. During this interaction, impressed upon the Prabhari Officers of each Gram Panchayat to take full responsibility of representing the Government in their assigned areas. He exhorted upon them to create a proper mechanism for escalation of grievances at appropriate levels so that each of them are resolved up to the satisfaction of the people.
He directed the Prabhari Officers to frame a comprehensive plan in consultation with the members of Gram Panchayats for formulating self-employment, tourism, sports and Swachhta plans, besides others. He directed the POs to ensure that the approved GPDPs are reflective of the needs and aspirations of the community and paves the way for the achievement of Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (LSDGs).