Residents of Tral, Kashmir Applaud ‘Back to Village’ Initiative for Transforming Rural Areas

‘Back to Village’ is a very good initiative in Jammu & Kashmir. This programme has been going on for over three years and in my sixty years I have not seen so much of development as in these two-three years, said a Sikh gentleman Pushvinder Singh in Tral, Kashmir. I am a resident of Tral, Pulwama, said Ujjal Singh, another Sikh gentleman. In the Back to Village programmes, a lot of good work is happening like supply of electricity, clean water and macadamisation of roads. This is a matter of great happiness. Earlier there used to be mud slush here. People were having difficulty walking. Resident of Tral, Pushvinder Singh said earlier, we had to run from one office to another to get work done in our village. Resident Bashir Ahmad said now the government reaches people’s doorsteps. I think development work started with the creation of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The administration is coming to the villages. They ask people about their problems, what facilities are not available. This is how all the problems are being solved. Pushvinder Singh said Back to Village programme has led to the development of roads, water pipes were laid, electric poles and transformers were installed. Another resident Datta Singh said, earlier we had to pull up our pajamas because there was so much mud here. We have got a lot of relief from the Back to Village Programme. All the facilities which were earlier available in cities are being available in villages, said Tral resident Pushvinder Singh.

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