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Block Diwas Program witnesses poor participation of people
3/4/2021 12:22:52 AM
Saahil Suhail

Early Times Report

Anantnag, Mar 3: The much hyped Block Diwas or Youm-e-Block programs in this south Kashmir district is witnessing poor participation of the people.
This can be established by the fact that the officials had to ‘literally’ call off the program which they conveyed at Block Office Anantnag as no resident turned up to attend it.
“The program started at around 11:30 am on Wednesday and concluded an hour later as it witnessed poor participation of the public,” an employee told Early Times.
A video, available with this newspaper shows the room of Block Office Anantnag filled with the employees and officials only. In the video, they can be seen chatting with each other.
Sources said that the program was concluded ‘hurriedly’ as even Panchayat members largely stayed away. “The schedule of the program wasn’t conveyed to the public in time,” they added.
Assistant Commissioner Revenue Anantnag, as per the roster issued by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, was scheduled to attend the Block Diwas program held at BDO Office Anantnag, however the administration made last minute changes and the Assistant Commissioner Revenue Anantnag accompanied the Deputy Commissioner. A similar program held in Dooru area of Anantnag also witnessed poor participation of the public. The photographs released by the District Information Officer Anantnag show only officers and employees sitting on chairs.
However, the Diwas programs held in Shangus and Bijbehara witnessed moderate participation of the public as these programs were attended by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag respectively.
A number of residents got their grievances noted and sought intervention of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag.
Anshul Garg (IAS), Deputy Commissioner Anantnag admitted that at particular places people didn’t turn up to attend the programs. “Yes at a few places people didn’t turn to attend these programs. There is a category of people who know that their grievances can’t be resolved on the spot. So they don’t want to come to repeat their grievances,” he said.
He said that another reason was that people prefer to attend those programs which he attends along with several officials. “People feel comfortable when the district head is present in the program,” he added.
Important to mention here, The Block Diwas/Youm e Block, a part of ambitious Jan Abhiyan program that was launched last year to take appraisal of local issues from the general public for accurate and on ground assessment and redressal of the same thereby providing governance to the public at their door steps.
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