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    Rural empowerment key to State’s development: CM

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    Rural empowerment key to State's development: CM
    Tawi, December 16:- Terming village as a basic parameter of
    gauging the prosperity of a State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti
    today said that rural empowerment is key to the development of Jammu &
    .
    Addressing a gathering at Baran village in Balwal block here today
    after inaugurating 152 Panchayat Ghars of Jammu division
    electronically, the Chief Minister said it is her wish to develop
    villages as complete units of governance under Panchayati Raj. She
    said the development of the State is incomplete without the
    development of villages.
    Mehbooba Mufti said her Government intends to empower Panchayats
    substantially so that democracy and development is taken to people
    deep in villages. She said the Panchs and Sarpanchs after the
    Panchayat elections would be empowered enough so that they are able to
    resolve village issues at their level rather than taking them to
    district and secretariat levels.
    The Chief Minister hoped that these 152 Panchayat Ghars, which have
    been built over a cost of Rs 31 crore, would be used as community
    assets in villages for extending IT facilities and other welfare
    programmes to people besides functioning as centres of local
    governance.
    Responding to the local demands, the Chief Minister said to address
    the drinking and irrigation water needs of the area, feasibility of
    Chenab lift water supply scheme would be examined. She directed the
    Rural Development Department to undertake revival and cleaning of all
    ponds in the area to enhance their water harvesting capacity and
    improve the water table of the area.
    Mehbooba Mufti also directed that the smart classrooms in schools be
    made available to the people of the area after 4 pm to impart computer
    training to them. She also directed utilization of Panchayat Ghars for
    extending computer literacy and IT enabled services to people of the
    catchment areas.
    Earlier, in his address, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said
    the present Government has vowed to unite people and regions by
    unleashing a developmental revolution all across the State.  He said
    Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti have
    resolved to take Jammu & Kashmir towards a better and bright future.
    Minister for Rural Development Department, Abdul Haq in his address
    said the present Government under the leadership of Mehbooba Mufti has
    taken a huge developmental initiative which is set to transform the
    profile of the State.
    Minister for & Medical , Bali Baghat also addressed
    the gathering. Vice Chairman, J&K Kissan Board, Daljit Singh Chib, officers of
    divisional administration and people of the area were also present on
    the occasion.

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