Manoj Sinha set to complete first year as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu: Ahead of completing one year in the office, the Lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha rushed to New Delhi to discuss present scenario in the Union Territory.

Manoj Sinha assumed charge as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.  The visit of Manoj Sinha also assume significance as it coincides with the second anniversary the annulment of Article 370 & 35-A, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir for seven  decades.

However, the credible sources termed the visits as routine affair.

“This is routine affair to discuss present scenario in J&K with central government,” a source said.

Another source said “This is the second visit of Sinha to New Delhi after all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and crucial discussion will be held.”

Apart from this, the source said that the Sinha may also meet with newly inducted union cabinet ministers to pursue centrally sponsored schemes as well as projects related to the Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the official handout, Sinha met Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh to discusses important issues related to PMGSY for strengthening rural connectivity and various initiatives taken by the UT Government to improve quality of life in rural areas.

The meeting went fruitful and the Union Minister has assured full support to the UT Government in its endeavours for the development and prosperity of rural J&K.

The Lt Governor and the Union Minister also discussed about the empowerment of three-tier Panchayati Raj system in J&K, which has strengthened the governance at the grass root level.

The Lt Governor further shared the various reformative measures taken by the UT Government to bridge the gap between rural and urban J&K.

J&K is amongst the top performers in terms of achievements made under PMGSY. We are reaching out to unconnected habitations with road connectivity, besides augmenting the Power & water supply to connect every household in the rural areas, said the Lt Governor.

The UT Government has already approved a historic Rs. 12,600 Crore District Capex Budget 2021-22 for equitable development of J&K with active involvement of Panchayats, BDCs, and DDCs.

Moreover, new opportunities are being created for rural employment; digital interventions have been made by establishing Digital Village Centres to bring the working of the PRI institutions close to the Government’s functioning. Panchayat offices are being digitally integrated with higher offices for extension of government services to rural population, he informed.

Recently, an e-Compendium of 2177 projects completed under Back to Village Programme during 2020-21 was recently released which depicts the success of the ambitious initiative of the J&K Government, he added.

Discussion was also held on the UT Government’s action plan for creating more livelihood opportunities for the rural population, besides extending the financial assistance to 50,000 youth as per the target set by the Government for this year’s Back to Village program. Pertinently, during the B2V3, around 20,000 young budding entrepreneurs have been empowered financially to start their own enterprise.

The meeting was also attended by senior officials of Ministry of  Rural Development.


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