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About 50% Gram Panchayats yet to prepare Development Plan for current financial year

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About 50% of Gram Panchayats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have yet not prepared the Development Plan for the current financial year, which is about to end in the next three months, mainly because of lack of cooperation from the Rural Development Department and absence of clarity on several important aspects.

As per the Panchayati Raj Act, every Panchayat is required to prepare the plan for the development of Halqa in consultation with Halqa Majlis for timely submission to the Block Development Council for consolidation, and then the Block Development Council is supposed to place the same before the District Development Council for approval and subsequent release of funds by the Government.

As per the data of the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, as against a total of 4291 Panchayats in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, only 2013 have prepared and uploaded the Gram Panchayat Development Plan for the Financial Year 2021-22 as of December 16, 2021, while as the same from remaining Panchayats is awaited.

“The inordinate delay in the preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan is even though Union Ministry is continuously directing the Governments of States and Union Territories for taking initiatives to bring improvement in the exercise of planning at Gram Panchayat level based on the feedback received in the preparation and implementation of plans to make it more comprehensive, inclusive and holistic”.

“The inordinate delay in the preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan is even though Union Ministry is continuously directing the Governments of States and Union Territories for taking initiatives to bring improvement in the exercise of planning at Gram Panchayat level based on the feedback received in the preparation and implementation of plans to make it more comprehensive, inclusive and holistic”.

“In the absence of Gram Panchayat Development Plan in respect of about 50% Panchayats how the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will transform the developmental profile of the rural areas remains a million-dollar question”, sources said, adding “the inordinate delay in the preparation of Gram Panchayat Development Plans is being attributed to lack of support from the field functionaries of the Rural Development Department and lack of clarity on several important aspects from the Government”.

“Further, in the absence of Gram Panchayat Development Plans in respect of about 50% Panchayats there are remote chances of the utilization of funds being released by the Union Government”, sources further said, adding “it is a matter of serious concern that while Union Government is laying thrust on the execution of works strictly as per the approved Gram Panchayat Development Plans the document has not been prepared in respect of such a large number of Panchayats”.

Several representatives of Panchayats, when approached by EXCELSIOR, alleged non-cooperation of the Rural Development Department and said, “we are not being guided properly by the field functionaries of the department on the planning aspect; otherwise we would have prepared Gram Panchayat Development Plans within few months after the start of the current financial year”.

President of All J&K Panchayat Conference Anil Sharma admitted that Panchayats have been facing difficulties in preparing Gram Panchayat Development Plans. “Some bureaucrats and entire political leadership don’t want planning to be done at Panchayat level; that is why no assistance is being provided to us”, he alleged.

“The elected representatives should have been provided proper training in the preparation of development plans, but not many efforts have been made in this regard by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj”, he further said and claimed that even plan ceilings have not been conveyed to the Panchayats by the Government.

“While Government of India wants proper planning and execution of works through the Panchayats the situation is contrary in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and unless proper assistance and cooperation is extended to grass root level democratic institutions the developmental profile of the rural areas cannot be changed as per the vision of the Union Government”, the President of the Panchayat Conference said.

He hoped that Lieutenant Governor would intervene and pass clear directions to the Rural Development Department to extend all possible assistance to the Panchayats in achieving the mandate of the Panchayati Raj Act.

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Republic Day full dress Rehearsal: Div Com Jammu takes salute at M.A Stadium

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The full dress rehearsal for the celebration of Republic Day 2022 was held on Monday here at M. A Stadium Jammu amid tight security arrangements.
The contingents of Army, CRPF, JKP, NCC cadets and other departments besides various schools presented an impressive March past.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer inspected the Parade and took a salute at the march past.
School children and artists of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages presented a colourful cultural programme featuring theme-based presentations.  A brilliant performance by the Dare Devils of Jammu and Kashmir Police mesmerized the audience with spectacular stunts.
Stunning gymnastics performances, shows were also presented by sportspersons of the J&K Sports Council.
The cultural items depicted communal harmony and composite culture of Jammu Kashmir UT, besides featuring patriotic based presentations, folk music and dance.
The function was also attended by Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg, besides other civil and police Officers.
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Raj Bhawan Cancels Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception

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In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Raj Bhawan has decided to cancel this year’s Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception on 26th January 2022.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has urged the people of the Union Territory of J&K to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and safety protocols issued by the health officials.

 

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JK Girl conferred with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar by PM Modi

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Who would not be familiar with the name of Aarushi Kotwal of Jammu and Kashmir today? It is such a well-known name in the sports world of the state, whose achievements and talent have been influenced by the National Children’s Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually given Aarushi Kotwal this award.

17-year-old Aarushi Kotwal is the only player to become the state’s first woman master in chess. Aarushi has been the state champion eight times till now and has impressed everyone with her talent by participating in national and international competitions. Aarushi has also got a chance to represent India in the Commonwealth Chess Competition.

Aarushi Kotwal aspires to one day represent India in chess and become the world champion in the game of check and beat and win the title of Grand Master. Although he has not received special encouragement from the then governments of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, he is quite happy with the support extended by the family and the J&K Chess Association.

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Aarushi still remembers the memorable moment when Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, honoured her with a sum of Rs 50,000 for winning a gold medal in the Asian Chess competition.

While studying in the second grade, Aarushi started playing chess and, for the first time, the secured first position in the under-7 age group and second in the under-9 age group. Aarushi started the chess game first from her home, and then one day, after defeating all the members of the house, she is giving tough competition to the country’s players. As a result, she has proved her talent by participating in many national and international competitions so far.

Aarushi won the gold medal by participating in the Asian School Chess competition held in New Delhi. Apart from this, she has brought laurels to the state and the country by participating in the international competition held in Tashkent. In the 14th Asian School Chess Competition held in Sri Lanka in July 2018, 454 players from 16 countries participated in the boys and girls categories of four different age groups. In this, Aarushi Kotwal successfully won the silver medal by defeating her rivals in the under-17 age group of girls.

Aarushi says that a sports policy has been made in the state, but due to lack of sports earlier, she was deprived of participating in international competitions twice.

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