Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ravi Bhagat on Wednesday instructed his officials to make sincere efforts for implementing the Chief Minister’s Pendu (village) Vikas Yojana, which aims at overall development of villages and upliftment of weaker sections of the society.
He gave these instructions while addressing a meeting of senior district officials, including municipal commissioner Pradeep Sabharwal, ADC (development) Satpal Angra and sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) of all the sub-division of Amritsar district. Chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Ajnala MLA Amarbir Singh Bony also attended the meeting. Officials of various departments, including rural development, panchayats, agriculture, animal husbandry and others were also present.
Briefing the officials, Bhagat said under this Yojana a grant of Rs 25 crore was to be spent in each assembly constituency of the district specifically for the overall development of villages. He said small towns were not included in this scheme as separate amounts have been earmarked for its development.
The DC asked the officials to immediately start preparing project reports for the development of villages. “While selecting the villages under this scheme, priority must be given to those areas which are less developed,” he added.
He also made it clear at the meeting that the SDM concerned must consult the MLAs of the constituencies falling in his or her area of jurisdiction while preparing the project reports. “The elected representatives need to be consulted before finalising the list of villages to be covered under this scheme,” he added.
“At the village level, the panchayats need to be consulted before finalising the developmental schemes. Panches can point out the priority areas in their respective villages and this should be highlighted in the project reports,” he said.
Referring to the priority areas for development, Bhagat said it should include improving the drainage system in villages, street lighting, repairing all streets and lanes in the villages and lining these with bricks or any other concrete material. “The other priority areas are creating of playgrounds and parks for children, developing aaganwadi centres, construction of panchayat offices and community centres and cleaning of village ponds,” he added, while urging the officials to identify other priority areas where development could be carried out.
The DC said soil testing was another area on which stress could be laid. “This will help farmers to know the health of the soil in their fields and then accordingly they can take steps for improving it,” he added.
The final approval of the project reports would be given by the DC and thereafter the works to be executed would be notified to the respective departments. The DC made it clear that at the time of execution of development works, officials of departments connected with rural development and panchayats and agriculture need to be present on the spot.