Around 14,000 dropouts rejoin schools under back-to-the-village program in Jammu-Kashmir

About 14,000 dropouts joined their schools during the just-concluded fourth phase of the Back-to-Village (B2V) program in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday.

The information was given in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta who was here to review the achievements of the program held from October 27 to November 3, an official government aid.

The re-admission to schools of 13,977 school dropouts, with quality education assured, stands out as the programme’s biggest achievement, the official said.

The program has been successful in providing self-employment opportunities to 21,329 people, according to officials.

They also registered a total of 277 cooperatives in areas such as poultry, housing, transport and health, they said.

In the agriculture sector, they said 14,567 soil health cards and 5,914 Kisan credit cards were issued during ‘Jan Abhiyan’. They said 24,179 workers, including migrant workers, were enrolled during the program with the generation of 4,063 e-Shram cards.

The scheme is 88% complete so far in the Union Territory, officials said.

In the health sector, they said 95,959 PMJAY-SEHAT Gold Cards were issued giving health insurance to 49,526 families, covering 93 percent of their sector target.

The revenue department, according to the authorities, was successful in issuing 6.6 lakh land books during the programme.

During the B2V4, 8.46 lakh people appeared on the ‘Apki Zamin Apki Nigrani’ portal which enabled them to access revenue records from the comfort of their homes, officials said.

Also, to encourage connection with the youth, 23 musical talent shows from across J&K were hosted on YouTube during the programme, officials said. Fifteen role models have also been identified to inspire the youth through a contemporary digital format, they said.

The social welfare department digitized 5,159 disability cards (UDID) and seeded 30,231 Anganwadi beneficiaries and 11,313 ‘Ladli Beti’ beneficiaries with Aadhaar, they said, adding that the department also organized 211 ‘divyang’ camps .

Besides, the mining department issued over 1.55 lakh e-challans with QR code equipped payment system for purchase and sale of minerals, officials said.

The Chief Secretary asked the officers to visit their panchayat at least once every quarter to assess the change on the ground and act as Panchayat Prabhari for the area for the next year.

Mehta called for implementation of e-Contractor registration system, online invoicing system and promotion of digital payment systems in all works departments.

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