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Will 'Back to the Village' prog become a success?
In un-electrified Jammu hamlets
6/15/2019 11:33:27 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, June 15: With government putting all efforts to make the 'Back to the Village' programme a success in the state, people are wondering whether, amid the height of paucity of essentials in Jammu's villages, this programme could even take off.
The 'Back to the Village' programme has been conceived with the notion that developmental initiatives that are built on the feedback and cooperation of the people are more result-oriented and have greater probability to succeed than those which are top down.
The programme revolves around the concept that while the official machinery has to guide and assist, the primary responsibility to improve local conditions rests with the people themselves. Therefore, people must be encouraged to own the program so that benefits are maximised for them.
The officers have undergone familiarisation training at the divisional level and subsequently training will be organised at the district level.
However, there are questions being raised from several quarters that when there are highest number of un-electrified villages in the state situated in Jammu region with government for years not doing enough to address the problem, how could the much hyped 'Back to the Village' programme become successful.
According to the survey conducted by the state dispensation, there were as many as 62 villages in Jammu region that are as on date un-electrified. According to government sources the number of hamlets in the countryside of Jammu could be more with no electricity facilities.
In the same survey that has taken off the lid over the pseudo claims of Jammu development has stated that it is this region that has been giving major share of electricity fee. In terms of revenue collection, major revenue is being generated from Jammu, reads the report compiled by state's power department.
If reports are to be believed, the electrification of the major hamlets of Jammu province was kept in limbo by the successive regimes of the state despite knowing the fact that these far flung areas are in the dire need of electricity facility as are the people hailing from cities and towns.
Furthermore, official documents reveals that in yet another instance of discrimination between Jammu and Kashmir region, under the much hyped Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Jammu has got a whooping Rs 82 crore less than Valley, leaving thousands of dwellings craving for electricity in lurch.
Meanwhile, on Monday in a meeting of the senior officials, the government urged the stakeholders to approach at the village level, therefore, has to be a coordinated one, touching all aspects of village life. "Media can be of vital help in order to make this program successful at the grassroots level."
The government also stated that the essence of the 'Back to the Village' programme is to emphasise the importance of ensuring, right from the beginning, people's participation, not merely as an agent in the execution of the development works but as owners of the entire programme.
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