Doda, December 14; UT administration has taken multiple campaigns/ initiatives wherein administration reaches to the people at their doorsteps to assess the disparities in development, listen to the public aspirations and plan out a holistic programme to address their genuine issues and aspirations. Block Diwas program is one among them which is held at various designated locations on every Wednesday in district Doda.
This week Block Diwas program was held at four different locations in the district. The locations include, Middle School Hanga, Bhaderwah; Panchayat Changa, Sub Division Gandoh; Panchayat Ghar Kuthyara, Sub Division Assar; and tehsil Headquarter Sewa Chiralla, Sub Division Thathri.
Deputy Commissioner Doda Vishesh Paul Mahajan along with SSP Doda Abdul Qayoom, BDC Chairperson Omi Chand, ADC Bhaderwah Chowdhary Dil Mir, Dy Director Employment Doda Idrees Lone and other District officers presided over the event at Middle School Hanga Bhaderwah. It is pertinent to mention here that Hanga is a beautiful village in Bhaderwah sub district, where super hit Bollywood, hindi romance movie ‘Noorie’ was filmed in 1979.
People in large numbers attended the Block Diwas at MS Hanga and demanded up-gradation of local infrastructure in the Health, Education sector besides extension of road connectivity, water and power facilities in the area. During the programme, demands regarding macadamisation of roads, execution of works under MGNREGA, upgradation of electric poles, among others were raised by the participants. The major demands projected by the public are; Early Completion of Panchayat Ghar Building; Link road to Khajar Nag Mandir; Building for Health Centre Hanga; PMGSY Road to Noori Hanga; Upgradation of High School Gatha; SRTC Bus service for Hanga; Filtration plant for Hanga.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC stressed that the Block Diwas mechanism has been instrumental in bridging the gap between people and administration and directed the officers to ensure that all grievances raised are resolved, fulfilling the aim of organizing these public outreach programs. He said that the Government is fully committed to fast and better delivery of public services. He said that several services particularly related to revenue are being provided online and people should take benefit of this facility.
He said online delivery of services has not only reduced the time of delivery but has also created an accountability mechanism and responsibility of delay will be fixed on the erring officers.
DC speaking on the occasion said that several works are being implemented by Rural Development for welfare of the panchayats. He said it is the responsibility of the public to conduct social audits of these works and ensure that public money is being spent responsibly and for community benefit.
At other designated locations, the day long Block Diwas proceedings were witnessed. Public and PRIs put forth a range of issues/ demands. They demanded augmentation of water supply and electricity, macadamization of roads, meeting dearth of staff in schools and hospitals, upgradation of schools, banking facilities in rural areas, release of pending wages under MGNREGA etc.
The Presiding officers of the Block Diwas gave patient hearing to the issues and demands and directed the concerned officers to prepare a list of issues/grievances raised pertaining to their departments and resolve the same at an earliest.