PM launches “Sankalp Saptaah”, interacts with team of Aspirational Block Mankote
POONCH TODAY NEWS
Poonch 30, Sept 2023: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched a unique week-long programme for Aspirational Blocks in the country called ‘Sankalp Saptaah’ at Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi today.
He also launched the Aspirational Blocks Programme Portal (on the lines of champions of change portal) and inaugurated the exhibition showcased on the occasion.
Interacting with the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Sajad Ahmed, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon , from Mankote, Poonch, Jammu & Kashmir explained the problems of migrating nomadic tribal folks and apprised PM Narendra Modi about the ways of limiting problems and damage during the migration. He told the Prime Minister his personal experiences. The Prime Minister asked about the difference between classroom knowledge and experience on the ground, the difference between theory and practice and what steps are taken to bridge this gap. The Doctor told about the sturdy local breeds that were ignored in the classroom. The Prime Minister also enquired about free the vaccination campaign for foot and mouth disease(FMD) and how other diseases like lumpy skin diseases were tackled in remote villages like Mankote etc. He was told about the massive vaccination drive and uptake of the vaccine in the area. The Prime Minister narrated his closeness with the Gurjars(Gujjars) and Bakerwals of the region as they always reminded him of the habitants of Kutch due to their similar attire and culture.
He was further told that government schemes like feed and fodder development are being run to assure continuity of amenities during snow fall and adverse conditions. Moreover, Nomadic population is provided with transient accommodation and transportation service for easy and safe movement. It is pertinent to mention that Sankalp Saptaah’ will be observed in all of the 500 Aspirational Blocks. Each day in ‘Sankalp Saptaah’, from 3rd October till 9th October 2023, is dedicated to a specific development theme on which all Aspirational Blocks will work. The themes for the first six days include ‘Sampoorna Swasthya’, ‘Suposhit Pariwaar’, ‘Swachhta’, ‘Krishi’, ‘Shiksha’, and ‘Samridhi Diwas’. The last day of the week i.e. October 9, 2023, will be a celebration of the work conducted during the entire week, as ‘Sankalp Saptaah – Samavesh Samaroh’. The inaugural programme have witnessed the participation of about 250 panchayat and block-level people’s representatives and functionaries from the Block Mankote who were connected to Bharat Mandapam virtually from DC Office Complex Poonch. Hon’ble PM expressed his heartfelt gratitude and equated the event with G20 summit recently hosted by India.
On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Yasin M. Choudhary(IAS) expressed gratitude towards Hon’ble PM and told media that whole administrative machinery is working towards making MANKOTE a Model Block soon. ADDC Poonch, ACR Poonch, Senior members of NITI Aayog were also present.