Security, Delivery of Services Focus in Jammu and Kashmir
Security and Improving delivery of services to the people at the grass roots was one of the big promises that was made while repealing Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 05 August.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question regarding the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, in Rajya Sabha, said that the Government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism and security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism as a result of which a large number of terrorists have been neutralized in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the past few years.
136 Visiting Officers reached the allotted Panchayats across Kishtwar district to conduct various activities under “Back to Village Programme -2” (B2V-2) on 26 November.
Visiting officers will hold multifarious activities besides interact with PRIs, Women SHGs, members of SC/ST communities, Village elders, Panchayat level Government functionaries to get first-hand knowledge of public issues, problems and their suggestions. The aim is to improve governance which can result in ensuring that the overall challenge to the people is removed and wean them away from the roots of militancy.
The political component of this programme remains in the backdrop given that there are challenges that may emerge from lack of activity at the grass roots with the Panchayat heads mostly remaining unseen on the ground due to security constraints.
The “Back to Village” (B2V-2) will provide governance to the rural populace and encourage community participation.
It shall follow up on B2V-1 (the programme’s first phase) and will focus on empowering panchayats, providing 100% coverage of beneficiary-oriented schemes, and doubling the income of rural people by giving greater impetus to the rural economy, as per a report in the Times of India.
The government officials have also become a target for terrorists who killed a sarpanch and a local administration official in South Kashmir’s Anantnag as they targeted a prominent government outreach programme for which several people had gathered at a panchayat house. “Under the back-to-village programme, locals and officials were in the village when the attack took place. A village sarpanch and a government employee were killed,” said assistant commissioner development, Anantnag, Mohammad Aslam as per the Hindustan Times.