After DMs, top Delhi bureaucrats to spend night in villages

The DMs who had visited these areas along with officials and stakeholders apprised the L-G of the feedback from the ground.
Delhi L-G VK Saxena
Delhi L-G VK Saxena(Photo | Express)

NEW DELHI: L-G VK Saxena on Thursday directed the chief secretary, secretaries and heads of the departments to visit villages in the national capital and stay overnight to take stock of the ground realities under the “Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan”.

According to a statement issued by the Raj Niwas, Saxena chaired a meeting to review the experiences gathered by the district magistrates (DMs) over their last two “Samvaad” visits to villages across the city, aimed at formulating the way forward under the “Dilli Gramodaya Abhiyan” of the DDA.

Saxena had launched the campaign on December 2 last year for the development of urban villages with a dedicated fund of more than Rs 800 crore.

The DMs had visited the identified villages on January 7-8 and January 27-28 and stayed overnight, besides interacting with residents of these villages to get first-hand account about the problems faced by them, it said.

The L-G had instructed this exercise be undertaken so that development projects under the campaign being implemented by the DDA, could be in sync with the actual deficiencies and demands on the ground, the Raj Niwas statement said.

The DMs who had visited these areas along with officials and stakeholders apprised the L-G of the feedback from the ground. The major issues that came to the fore included a lack of civic infrastructure, connectivity and sanitation, etc.

The L-G directed the DMs to submit a report listing five most important issues being faced by the villages in their respective districts within two days and also enlist tangible projects to address them.

“Saxena also directed that in the next visit, principal secretaries/secretaries/HoDs, apart from the chief secretary himself will visit identified villages, stay overnight and take stock of the situation on the ground,” the statement stated.

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