Principal Secretary Skill Development department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today said that Back to Village Four (B2V4) has shown a right direction to generate employment opportunities for educated unemployed youth.
The Principal Secretary who is also Mentor Secretary for District Kupwara said this while talking to media after participating in Back to Village function at Children Park Zangli.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray; SSP Kupwara, Yougal Manhas; DDC Member Hyhama, Haji Sona-ullah Khan accompanied the Principal Secretary.
The Principal Secretary said that creation of employment opportunities is paramount to infrastructural development. He said 15 to 20 youth are being identified in each Gram Panchayat which shall be facilitated with financial assistance and other logistic support by the administration. He said skill development and self-employment are interconnected fields on which the government is focussing with utmost priority. He urged upon the youth to come forward and enrol themselves with different departments for getting necessary skills and financial assistance from the sponsoring agencies for establishment of their self employment generating units adding that self employment is the only way which can overcome the rising unemployment issue of the UT as well as district Kupwara.
Dr. Asgar Samoon said that DC Kupwara has done a commendable job for giving target of 750 units to be established within a stipulated time through Industries and other employment generating departments.
Regarding Back to Village, Samoon said that Back to Village has provided ample scope for disseminating mass awareness among the people as well as field functionaries about the Government schemes. He said more than 100 schemes are online by now and people are directly taking advantage of these services. He said Government servants are infact public servants and need to be accessible to people at their doorsteps. He said the schemes are being saturated during the outreach ambitious programme.
Principal Secretary said that discipline and transparency has increased manifold which reflects in the transparent public delivery system. He said Kupwara has large scope of development in tourism sector, animal and sheep husbandry sector and Agriculture & Fisheries sectors.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Doifode Sagar Dattatray in his address said that 2 phases of Back to Village 4 have been completed successfully in the district during which 257 Gram Panchayats have been covered while as, 3rd phase of B2V4 has started today in 128 Panchayats of the district. He said the thrust area of the B2V4 was on saturation of individual beneficiary oriented schemes. He said all officers are saturating deliverables of their departments at the doorsteps of the people, besides, centrally sponsored schemes including Ayushman Bharat, PM Kissan, App Ki Zameen Aap Ki Nigrani are being implemented. He said the interest of the government is to be judged by the fact that Principal Secretary himself took more than 2 hours time to inspect the stalls in detail installed by District Administration.
DDC Member also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, the Principal Secretary, inspected stalls installed by various departments including Youth Services & Sports, ITI/Skill Development, Social Welfare, ICDS, Revenue, NRLM, Sheep/Animal Husbandry, Ayushman Bharat, Handicrafts, Fisheries, District Industries Centre, Social Forestry, Agriculture, Horticulture, J&K Bank, Grameen Bank and SBI. The Principal Secretary took stock of these stalls and enquired about their schemes and activities. He gave directions for further improvement in the services so that these could be made more people friendly and accessible to the people.
During the inspection of stalls, the Principal Secretary distributed various benefits among the beneficiaries including Soil Health Cards, Carom boards, Baby Care Kits, Loan Sanction Letters, Land Passbooks and other incentives.
Later, the Principal Secretary visited Goose and inspected ongoing work on construction of Water Front alongside the Lolab road. The Deputy Commissioner informed Principal Secretary that the project is coming up under MGNREGA Convergence Plan which will become an attraction for local as well as outside tourists visiting Lolab valley.
The Principal Secretary gave his valuable directions for making the project attractive.
Earlier, on reaching Kupwara, the Deputy Commissioner, Doifode Sagar Dattatray briefed the Principal Secretary about the developmental profile of the district. SSP Kupwara was also present.