Srinagar : The Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), J&K, Dr. Bharat Bhushan undertook an extensive five days visit to Samba, Kathua, Bandipora and Baramulla and inspected Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) works in these districts.
This exercise is part of the innovative mechanism introduced by the Commissioner/Secretary, Department Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, wherein all the Heads of the Department of Rural Development have been tasked to visit the Blocks of allotted districts and inspect the works executed under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen).
The Chief Executive Officer, IWMP visited Chak Salarian and Abtal Panchayats falling near Indo-Pak Border in Ramgarh Block and Palli and Patli Panchayats of Block Bari Brahmana of Samba district. He also paid obeisance at the famous shrine of Baba Chambylial near Border.
Accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Development Samba, BDO Ramgarh, BDO Bari Brahmana, he inspected various Rural Sanitation works.
In Kathua district, the CEO visited Panchayat Airwan and Taraf Bala of Block Nagri-Parole and Panchayat Katli and Dhalli of Dinga Amb Block to inspect works. BDO Dinga Amb and BDO Nagri Parole showed various SBM works to the visiting Officer.
Continuing his tour, Dr. Bhushan visited Baktoor and Gurez Blocks of district Bandipora and Block Wagoora and Tangmarg of Baramulla district.
Assistant Commissioner Panchayat Bandipora and Assistant Commissioner Panchayat Baramulla concerned BDOs, PRIs and RDD officials accompanied the Officer during the visit.
The SBM (G) works inspected include Segregation Sheds, Community Sanitary Complexes, Community Soakage Pits, Individual Soakage Pits and Vermi- Compost Units.
The local inhabitants and PRIs of the visited areas appreciated the pace and quality of works. The DDC member of Gurez, Tasleem Begum and BDC Chairman Mukhtyar Ahmad Lone of Baktoor Block of Gurez valley welcomed the visiting Officer and put forth various demands pertaining to Rural Sanitation and Integrated Watershed Management Programme.
The visiting Officer assured to favourably consider the genuine demands.
CEO, IWMP, directed accompanying BDO Headquarter, IWMP and GIS expert Dr. Mithas Ahmad Dar to follow closely the execution of IWMP works in project areas of Gurez valley of Bandipora as this area remains snowbound for almost six months and the resultant working season is limited.