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Department Introduction

Rural Development Department in fact attains the present stature courtesy Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Jammu and Kashmir State. Initially during the regime of Maharaja Hari Singh, PRIs in a modest way were introduced in the State and several powers also bestowed on them for raising of taxes and non-taxes besides funding for addressing the infrastructural needs of the rural community.

With the country having attained independence and a democratic order ushered in, PRIs in the State of Jammu and Kashmir came to the fore front for shouldering  the massive responsibility of building rural infrastructure by way of funds apportioned to them by the State Government as also on the basis of the various taxes and revenues raised for replenishment of the State’s own resources for creating durable community infrastructure.

Synergy between different departments also was working for the upliftment through this medium    under the aegis of Panchayati Raj and extension work also massively carried out through Panchayats in conjunction with different line Departments for popularising various technologies and scientific tools for bringing about socio-economic transformation of the rural society.

Panchayats adalats were also set up for resolution of local disputes of criminal and civil character by compromise, consensus and reconciliation.

J&K Panchayati Raj Act 1989 was brought in place by which three tier Panchayati Raj system at Halqa, Block and District level, was prescribed as a step forward for de-centralisation of the planning process and carrying out various developmental activities for rural upliftment through participatory management process.

In spite of the prevalence of adverse security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir State, elections for the PRIs were held in the year 2011 and tangible steps taken for empowering the Panchayats for their involvement on wholesome basis in the entire development process as also for looking after various subjects transferred to them charged with the responsibility of rendering services to the rural society.

Rural Development Department in Jammu and Kashmir State infact has come of age through the Panchayati Raj route and has, for last more than two decades, been involved in the implementation of the various Centrally sponsored schemes and the schemes having been carved out by the State government for upliftment of the rural society.

National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Sampooran Gramin Rozgar Yojna (SGRY), Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY), Indira Awas Yojna (IAY), Integrated  Watershed Development Programme (IWDP –Haryali) and host of other Centrally sponsored  schemes are presently being looked after through Rural Dev.Deptt. by which rural infrastructure has been greatly strengthened and wage employment to poor and down-trodden strata of the society afforded at their doorstep. Efforts on sustained basis have been made to   eradicate poverty from rural life and provide means of livelihood of the rural poor masses.

Total Sanitation Campaign has also been launched by Rural Dev.Deptt. in the pursuit to bring about a real revolution in village life providing unpolluted living environment. Provision of  individual household latrines, community latrines, institutional latrines, women complexes and Rural Sanitation Marts are being attempted through this programme, which is being implemented in a mission mode manner and aims at to lift the society to the new heights of the glory.

Rural Development Department further has been encompassing various other development programmes like BADP, MPLAD and CDF to ensure providing durable infrastructure  with better quality at a low cost to the public besides providing wage employment.

The community empowerment is another area which has been gaining considerable attention. A massive programme on this account has been chalked out which besides uplifting the level of comprehension of PRIs would sensitise the officials of Rural Dev.Deptt. and other line Departments for raising their level of commitment, understanding, skill and technology             for more positive application of the schemes with rich dividends.

The all India pattern of DRDA Administration has also been launched in the State so as to provide skill and know-how to the PRIs enabling them to shoulder various responsibilities gainfully with utmost public interest and better output insight.

The Rural Development Development and Pancchayati Raj in Jammu and Kashmir State thus in the present context emerges to be the sole movement destined to change the face of the rural society.

1. Our Aim/Objectives

Jammu and Kashmir Government is committed to provide a transparent, clean and responsive administration to the people of state who are its citizens. The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj is responsible for implementing Poverty Alleviation Programmes and other Socio-Economic developmental schemes for rural upliftment and for strengthening institutions of local self government i.e. Panchayats. The objective of Rural Development is to provide responsive, accountable, transparent and people friendly administration. To achieve this objective the department of Rural Development is endeavoring to:-

·         Generate employment opportunities by way of implementing various employment generation schemes.

·         Provide rural infrastructure i.e. rural roads, school buildings, rural huts, paths, Lanes & Drains community Medical centers, Animal care centers, Common facility centers, tanks ponds etc.

·         Raise the standard of living in rural areas by ways of implementing poverty alleviation programmes effectively and efficiently.

·         Decentralize the process of planning by giving Panchayats liberty to administer their own matters at Panchayat level and at village level.

·         Promote peoples participation in the developmental process.

·         Capacity building by way of imparting training at various levels to the elected representatives and the officers and officials of the Department.

·         Bring Transparency and Accountability in administration by way of constituting vigilance cells in each district.

·         Devolution of Financial and Administrative powers to Panchayats.

·         Provide Information System and connect all Panchayats through NICs.

·         Provide healthy and clean environment by launching & implementing Total Sanitation campaign in all the Districts of the province.

·         2. Administrative SetUp

·         The Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj is headed by Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Hon’ble Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj who are assisted by Secretary to Government Rural Development Department who is of the rank of IAS. Below him there are three Additional Secretaries of the rank of senior KAS and two Under Secretaries.

At the provincial level, the Directorate is headed by the Director Rural Dev. who is a major head of the Department in terms of Jammu and Kashmir Book of financial powers. The post is held by senior KAS/IAS officers. He exercises the administrative and the financial control over the whole of the province and is assisted by Joint Director, (Planning) Deputy Director (Adm), Divisional Publicity Officer (Publicity) Accounts Officer and other ministerial staff to carry out the day to day working in the Directorate.

The Joint Director, (Planning) deals with the Planning process in respect of formulation of the plans at the provincial level and their submission to the Govt. for approval of the Planning and Development Deptt. He monitors the schemes being implemented in the field and provides necessary assistance to the Director Rural Development in effective implementation of the schemes.

The Deputy Director (Administration) provides assistance to the Director, Rural Development in all the Administrative matters. The assistance is provided on the issues pertaining to establishment, legal matters and also matters relating to disciplinary proceedings, complaints and other issues related to the Administration. He is also designated as the Departmental Vigilance Officer of the Department.

The Divisional Publicity Officer (Publicity) assists Director, Rural Development in matters relating to the publicity of schemes and highlighting achievement

The Block Development Officer (Headquarter) is the Incharge of the Cell established for the disposal of grievances of disabled persons.

The Accounts Officer provides assistance to the Director, Rural Development in the field of financial/accounts matters. He is also the drawing and disbursing officer of the Directorate. He also formulates the budget and monitors the Non Plan expenditure.

The Directorate of Rural Development Jammu exercises control over the following six Districts namely:-
1.         Jammu
2.         Kathua
3.         Udhampur
4.         Rajouri
5.         Doda
6.         Poonch

Besides these 6 Districts, Government of J&K has recently carved out Four Additional Districts in Jammu province with their Headquarters at

1.         Samba
2.         Reasi
3.         Ramban
4.         Kishtwar

These four newly created Districts have resumed functioning w.e.f Ist of April, 2007.

The Directorate of Rural Development has units at the District/Block levels. There are 65 CD & NES Blocks functional in Jammu province, out of which 57 Blocks are recognized blocks and 8 blocks are unrecognized.

At the District level, following officers are under the administrative control of the directorate of Rural Development, Jammu.

1         Assistant Commissioner Development
2.        Assistant Project Director, DRDA
3.        Executive Engineer, REW
4.        District Panchayat Officer

At the Block level, there is a Block Development Officer who is assisted by Block Planning Officer, Junior Engineers and other field functionaries like Panchayat Inspectors, V.L.Ws, Mukhi Savikas, Gram Savikas, and MPWs etc.

District Panchayat Officer

 At the district level, the matters related to the Panchayats and Panchayat Property/assets are attended to by the District Panchayat Officer. He is assisted by  Panchayat Auditor posted in the District.The District Panchayat Officer is also the Estates Officer of the Department and is implementing and supervising the Rural Sanitation Programme in the district. At the Block Level, such matters are supervised by the Block Development Officer assisted by the Panchayat Inspector and  at the Panchayat Level there is a Secretary Panchayat (VLW, Gram Sevika, and MPW).The property of the Panchayats viz. Plantation Nurseries, Panchayat Ghars and other Panchayat Assets are supervised by the Plantation Supervisor/Plantation Watcher and Plantation Helpers.

Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), implemented by the BDOs at Block level is also being monitored by the District Panchayat Officers. The scheme is being implemented by Director, Rural Sanitation.

The District Panchayat Officer is the designated authority for implementation of various provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.