|Early Times Report|
SAMBA, Oct 19: Following the successful completion of government’s unique initiative ‘Back to Village’ programme, the Jammu and Kashmir administration today launched an Urban Connect programme "MY TOWN MY PRIDE" across the Union territory.
In this connection, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma, inaugurated the event at historic Samba fort with a great hope of success of this ambitious programme of the government envisaging overall development of urban parts of the UT with added vigour and proficiency.
District Development Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria, Director Urban Local bodies, Veer Ji Hangloo, Chairman, Special Tribunal J&K, Abdul Majid (Visiting Officer), Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Sharma, Chairman Municipal Council, Pawan Kholi besides district officers and locals were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor Sharma said that the Jammu and Kashmir government is duty bound to devolve the decision making policy at individual household doorstep and “My Town My Pride” programme is a step forward in this direction. He said the purpose of the programme cannot be achieved unless general public avail this opportunity to fulfill the institutional development gaps in their locality. He sought complete public participation in this urban public outreach programme towards success of this ambitious project for common good of the urban populace.
During the event, the government departments have set up their departmental stalls, registration counters and certificate enrollment and distribution stations to facilitate the public get these vital services at their door steps.
Advisor Sharma exhorted upon the people to avail benefit of all government schemes like domicile and income certificates, old age PHC pension registration, ration card updation, Aadhar enrolment besides services being extended by horticulture, sericulture, fisheries, agriculture and banks and other pro public schemes under one roof near their locality.
“My town My pride is a programme which will not only create awareness about government sponsored schemes among the urban public but will also curb the menace of corruption as this programme makes the pubic officer accountable through local governance” maintained the Advisor.
Appraisal of the urban development schemes, including 14th Finance Commission, Sawach Bharat Mission, Prime Minister Awas yojana Urban (PMAY-U), AMRUT, CAPEX, ICDS (Nutrition), shall also be taken up by the Visiting Officer which will be duly presented in a docket file for top most priority at government level. The Visiting Officer shall also take review of access to urban amenities in urban local bodies like roads, lane, drains, sewerage treatment, parks, green spaces, street lighting civic amenities, solid waste management, housing, drinking water and other services.
Meanwhile, other municipal committees of district Samba also witnessed public enthusiasm regarding the My Town My Pride programme with Visiting Officers taking cognizance of local issues.
The Visiting Officer included Jatinder Singh, Director Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs at Municipal Committee Ramgarh, Anoo Malhotra, Director Industries and Commerce at Municipal Committee Vijaypur and Nitu Gupta, Mission Director ICDS at Municipal Committee Bari-Brahmana.