J&K Admin Focuses On Empowering PRI: LG Sinha

| Updated: 03 August, 2022 1:24 am IST
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday interacted with a 55-member delegation of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) representatives from the Kashmir Division, at the Raj Bhavan here.

Interacting with the members of the delegation, the LG observed that the main focus of the Government is to empower the PRIs with 3Fs – funds, functions and functionaries.

LG Sinha said that Jan Bhagidari is the key pillar of people-centric governance, and with the help of PRIs, the government is formulating development plans as per the needs of the people and ensuring government programmes and initiatives are delivered at their doorsteps.

The delegation comprising Block Development Council (BDC) chairpersons, Sarpanchs and Panchs led by Sheikh Muzaffar, president of the J&K Nationalist People’s Front, expressed gratitude to the LG for the efficient grievance redressal mechanism established in J&K through Jammu & Kashmir – Integrated Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (JK-IGRAMS) and LG’s Mulaqaat, and the effective measures taken to uproot corruption from J&K.

LG Sinha said the grassroots democracy in J&K has been empowered by the implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendments of the constitution, and the transfer of Funds, Functions, and Functionaries to the PRIs and Urban Local Bodies.

“PRI representatives are key stakeholders in holistic and equitable development. They are playing a major role in reaching out to the last person in the queue with all the benefits of the government schemes and it clearly shows in our path-breaking achievements in the last two years,” he said.

The District Capex Budget has been substantially increased in the last two years. We have minimised human interface in availing various government services for citizens, he added.

The Lt Governor also cited a comparison of various parameters in health, education, social welfare, agriculture, rural development, and power sectors, which have seen visible improvement in the last three years.

“Earlier, the Neonatal Mortality Rate was 23.1 in J&K UT. It has come down to a single digit, 9.8. Infant Mortality Rate was 32.4 in 2015-16, today it has come down to half i.e. 16.3. The under-5 mortality rate was 37.6 in 2015-16, which has come down by half to 18.5 today. And, in all these parameters J&K today leads the national average,” he said.

“The national average of Teacher-Pupil ratio in primary education is 32:1 while in J&K it is 14:1. The national average of water coverage is 50.30 per cent while in J&K UT it is 57.86 per cent. The national average of forest and tree cover is 24.62 per cent while in J&K it is 54 per cent. The national average of per capita energy consumption is 1208 units while in J&K it is 1384 units,” Lt Governor said.

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