Gram Sabhas are mini parliaments in rural areas: Haq

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Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law & Justice Abdul Haq today called for strengthening democracy at the grassroots level saying that Gram Sabhas are like mini Parliaments in rural areas. He said the people of a particular area have to decide which development works are to be taken up in their village and not the contractors or officials.
He said the Gram Sabhas should play a vibrant role in effective execution of the developmental programmes by taking advantage of the flagship schemes like MGNREGA. He asked the Gram Rozgar Sevaks (GRS) to identify the deserving unemployed youth in each village so that they can benefit from MGNREGA. He said involving the unemployed youth in fruitful and remunerative activities would not only help in income generation but also keep them away from anti-social activities like the menacing drug abuse.
Abdul Haq said this while reviewing functioning of Rural Development Department in district Pulwama. The meeting was attended by MoS Forest, Animal Husbandry, Cooperatives and Fisheries Zahoor Ahmad Mir, MLA Pulwama Mohammad Khalil Band, MLA Tral Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Neeraj Kumar. The Minister directed the RDD officials to start organizing Gram Sabhas immediately and give adequate publicity to the same. He asked the block level officers to convene the Gram Sabhas in open instead of closed rooms so that more and more people are involved. He said the development of rural areas guarantees the state’s overall progress. He emphasized the need for bridging the gulf between cities and rural areas by ensuring that all modern day facilities reach even the far off places. The Minister laid emphasis on the enrolment unskilled unemployed youth in MGNREGA so that the government can guarantee them 100 days of job besides the youth will contribute in rural development by creating durable and productive assets.

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