In Jammu and Kashmir, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs today held a meeting with top civil administration to discuss developmental scenario and peoples’ welfare measures, on the second day of its four-day visit.
The Committee comprising of 28 Members of Parliament from Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha is headed by senior Congress leader and MP Anand Sharma,
Briefing about the steps taken in the past few years for democratic decentralization, the Committee was informed about the conduct of elections for District Development Councils and Block Development Councils to strengthen the grassroot level democracy.
It was told that the region has now three-tier democratic set up in place and Panchayati Raj Institutions,PRIs and Urban Local Bodies have been further empowered. Besides, public outreach programmes Back to Village, Jan Abhiyan, My Town My Pride Et cetera were also conducted across the union territory.
With respect to the power scenario, the panel was also informed that power generation projects have been fast-paced and 2500 MW would be added by the year 2025.
Apprising about the road connectivity, water supply, the panel was also briefed about the status of schemes like Jal Jeevan Mission and achievement of 100 per cent piped water supply to all rural schools and Anganwadi Centres in 18 districts
While terming the Tourism and Industries as priority sectors, the meeting also deliberated upon the issues of Industrial Development, Tourism sector, employment of youth and women empowerment, sports activities. The Committee also discussed resettlement of Kashmiri Migrants in the Kashmir Valley.
The panel appreciated COVID-19 mitigation and relief during the pandemic and recognized Union Territory administration’s efforts in the implementation of e-office and other administrative reforms undertaken by the administration.
Earlier, the committee held an interactive session with the beneficiaries of Self Help Groups, representatives of Farmer Producer Organizations, high-density apple growers, saffron producers etc.