In a novel initiative to streamline development and bridge the gap between rural population and the official machinery, a total of 89 civil and police officials in this district were allotted a village each on Friday.
Those who adopted the villages include the superintendent of police, deputy superintendents of police, Haryana Civil Service (HCS) officers, officials of different departments and principals of different government educational institutes in the district.
Deputy commissioner J Ganesan said that under this unique project, the officials would not only apprise the local population about various welfare policies and promote the awareness campaigns on social issues such as female foeticide, water and energy conservation, but also write to the district administration about different problems faced by the villagers.
He said that the officials would be entitled to utilise village development funds as per the rules by roping in the local panchayats.
"Officials have been directed to visit their respective assigned villages at least thrice a month. They have also been asked to coordinate with heads of different departments and get the problems faced by the villagers settled," he said.
The DC said that the officials had been asked to pay special attention towards sanitation of villages and public buildings and construct toilets at the households lacking the facility.