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Budgetary allocation for development in J&K villages

Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant-Governor Manoj Sinha on Monday announced a budgetary allocation for every panchayat halqa, as he hinted at an economic package for the ailing sectors in the Union Territory (UT) in the coming weeks.

“Every panchayat halqa will get Rs. 10 lakh for various development works. The officers from the administration will only facilitate these works and everything else will be done by the panchayat members themselves. The aim is to make every village in J&K a model village,” Mr. Sinha said at a press conference in Srinagar.

‘Public darbar’

The allocation comes as J&K embarks on the third phase of ‘Back to the Village’ programme from October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti). “There will be a ‘public darbar’ at the divisional and sub-divisional levels across the J&K UT every Wednesday. Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners will listen to the grievances of the people and ensure timely redressal,” he said. Mr. Sinha said the J&K administration had constituted a committee to suggest a package for the revival of business and other ailing sectors.