Govt failed to address, assess specific economic potential & needs of villages: Bhalla

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JAMMU: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla on Monday addressed Panchyat Conference at Chatha Farm and Chatha Pind in Gandhi Nagar constituency under “Challo Panchayat ki Aur Maha Panchayat” to review the current developmental scenario, besides the outcome of Back to Village events and many other developmental issues concerning people, at the grassroots level.
The programme was organized by PCC member and Block President Amrit Bali.
Prominent among those present on the occasion include Sarpanch Ravinder Singh, District General Secretary Jammu Urban Gurmeet Kour, Pawan Bhagat, Inderjeet Kour Retd TSO, Santosh, Panchs Harbhajan Singh, Raj Kumar, Sudesh Kumar, Amit Kumar, Romesh Kumar, Sandeep, Durbar Kour, Baldev Singh, Parshitam Singh, Teja Singh, Parshotam Lal Bhagat, Mohinder Choudhary and Ch. Madan Lal.
Bhalla alleged that Back to Village Programme of the Union Government have turned out merely flop show as the works projected by different Panchayats and local villagers across the Jammu and Kashmir during phases of Back to Village Programme' could not be implemented till date. He pointed out that entire Administration in the Jammu and Kashmir was involved in thishollow’ show.
Describing the much publicised scheme as a flop show, Bhalla said that it utterly failed to win the confidence of Panchayats, which were literally starving for want of funds.
Seeking immediate clearance of past liabilities besides early commencement of work with respect to planned schemes of current year, Bhalla said that focus should be on ground delivery rather than baseless hyped announcements merely for political reasons.
Nothing has been done in the housing and urban development sector which could be instrumental in ensuring that the people of the state get quality facilities of modern urban living, failed to ensure J&K comes up as one of the model UT in the country,” he said.
He said there is no clarity and set procedure in public domain to reduce AT&C losses, strengthen the sub-transmission distribution network and electrification of un-electrified household schemes like RAPDRP, IPDS, DDUGJY & RGGVY Phase-II and Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP). Having vast hydro power potential from where electricity is being supplied to several parts of India, but this is the reality that electricity generated in J&K is illuminating thousands of homes in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan but new Union Territory is suffering from want of power, Bhalla added.