Monday, December 11, 2023
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Jan Abhiyan-Back to village- Phase 4 and the short comings and recommendations

By Mohd Amin Mir

Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare Department convened an important meeting with Heads Of Departments regarding Jan Abhiyan and upcoming Back To Village Programme Phase (B2V4) in the union territory. She directed the officers to hold the events efficiently.

Back to village is a good initiative with a lot of potential for shortening the communication gap between the administration and the common masses. Administration arrives at the doorsteps of the common people to understand their grievances and address them on spot. This approach builds trust among the common people and by this way the ties between the people and thesarkar strengthens. It is a kind of bottom-up approach and is good than top down approach regarding Policy Planning.

Back to village programme phases already done gave stress towards the following points;

A) Energizing panchayats
B) Collecting feedback on the delivery of sarkari schemes
C) Economic potential
D) Assessment of the needs of the villages

In Nepal from 1967 to 1975 a national campaign was held with the title “Back To Village”. Its aim was to bring development of the rural population at par that if the urban populace. This was treated as a successful event in the history of Nepal. Many governments were encouraged by the success of this programme and our own governments were encouraged by the success of this programme and our own government also decided to launch its own “Back To Village”. Really it is a good initiative. As everyone is aware that it was almost impossible for the common people to visit state bureaucracy. And by this initiative the state administration comes to the doorsteps of villagers resulting equitable development comes to the rural population with that of the urban centre’s. The first phase that started from June 20 and lasted upto June 27,2022 gave an overwhelming success of the programme as in this programme the local participation was good and enthusiasm was visible on the people of villages. The second phase of this programme that lasted from Nov 25 to Nov 30,2019 in which two departments Power Development and Information Department was also a “great success”.
The third phase of this programme from Oct 2 to Oct 12,2020. In these programmes competetions were held in which sports kits and MNEREGA Job cards and SC/ST Certificates were issued. PM Kisan Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan were introduced. Village need assessment was conducted etc.Shortcomings of the Programme Grievances were written on Paper.

Panchayat Halqa Nowgam Shahbad lacks ATM facilities, AnimalHusbandry andespeciallyplayground for the children. According to the villagers the gazzeted officer recorded all the grievances during the first phase of B2V Programme but till date nothing has been done in this regard. This unresponsive approach was witnessed across many villages in the union territory resulting majority of people from these villages got disappointed. Many people complained about the lack of good bureaucratic response to their grievances. This generated a distrust.


It is evident that the last three phases were a “best result oriented” to the people but 100% coverage of individual beneficiary oriented schemes such as scholarships, pensions and other assistance schemes. The union territory is conducting Jan Abhiyan AwamiMuhim from Oct.2015 to Oct. 26,2022 means the administration is coming back to your village. Domicile certificates, Self-Employment Loan, Sehath Golden Card ,Pension Payments ,Land Records Online and much more will be the focus of this programme.

a) The visits made by the officials to the villages should become a routine exercise.
b) One official should be appointed for every village who would act as bridge between people and administration including panchayats.
c) It should be made mandatory that t5he official nominated and the panchayats that the resources devolved for the sake of development are used effectively.
d) The sarkar should identify the unfulfilled promises made during the last three programmes and ensure their fulfillment, this is the way to rebuild public trust in the administration.
e) A vision document should be prepared, this would shape they policies(current and future) of the sarkar.
Thus the programme will be more result oriented with a greater success.

(The writer is in charge District Record Room DC Office)

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