District Development Commissioner, Kathua Rahul Yadav today chaired a meeting of concerned officers to discuss arrangements for ‘Catch the Rain’ programme under ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ in the district.Pertinently the ‘Catch the Rain’ campaign under Jal Shakti Abhiyan will start from March 22 to mark ‘World Water Day’; an effort to create awareness about saving water through rain harvesting measures.It was decided in the meeting that the main function will be held at the conference hall of the DC office complex where broadcasting of the inaugural ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be live streamed.The DC called upon concerned departments to showcase their water conservation works like afforestation, rejuvenation of water bodies etc and motivate people and encourage them to make percolation pits before the start of the rainy season to help groundwater recharge naturally. The DC directed XEN Jal Shakti to organize similar programmes involving PRI’s and administer ‘Jal Shapath’ besides holding Special Gram Sabhas before 10th April to get desired momentum for ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ activities.
The Deputy Commissioner also chaired a meeting of officers to review the progress made under the B2V3 programme.He enquired about the status of the works taken up by the Rural Development Department, further laid emphasis upon the need to pace up the identified works and complete it before the stipulated time. He asked the field officers to ensure periodic physical review of the works for which Rs 10 Lac has been issued to the concerned Panchayat halqas. Later, the Deputy Commissioner took a detailed review of Covid-19 vaccination scenario in the district. While chairing a meeting of medical officers, the DC laid thrust on intensifying the corona vaccination campaign at health centre level so that senior citizens and persons suffering from serious illness can be vaccinated in hassle free manner.The participating officers were asked to cover front line workers, employees and report the daily status to the Deputy Commissioner office.