The Jammu and Kashmir government has released an amount of Rs 57 crore for creation of assets for the Panchayat Raj institutions to ensure a vibrant administration at grassroots level.
The announcement was made at a high-level meeting presided by minister for rural development, Panchayati Raj, law justice and parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar held here on Sunday.
The amount will be released directly to the Panchayats, so that they can themselves ensure the creation of assets in coordination with the executing agencies of the government, an official spokesperson said.
An amount of Rs one lakh each per panchayat has already been placed at their disposal for taking up projects in their respective areas, the spokesmperson said.
Addressing the officers, the minister said the government is committed to ensure a vibrant Panchayati Raj system in the state and this measure would also augment the same.
He said the panchs and sarpanches have already been empowered with the transfer of powers of 14 vital departments so that they can ensure sustained development of their respective areas.