“Awaam ki Awaaz” programme goes On-Air: LG connects with people; shares valuable insights, suggestions received from citizens

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JAMMU: The roots of “Jan Bhagidari” in the governance process in J&K have now further deepened with the launch of “Awaam ki Awaaz” programme, which went On-Air today on all channels of All India Radio (AIR) J&K. The telecast of the programme was also broadcast on DD Kashmir.
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, during the radio programme, voiced valuable insights from general public for crafting and formulating a strategy to draft development policies that are reflective of people’s aspirations, and making the governance more inclusive and sensitive to the needs of the people.
The programme is a novel initiative aimed at seeking the feedback from the public and giving them a platform to share their suggestions and views, thus making the process of governance more participatory.
The first episode of “Awaam ki Awaaz” programme received huge response from across the UT with people in big numbers tuned to their radio and television sets to witness the paradigm shift in overall governance process of which “Jan Bhagidari” is the central theme.
Since the launch of the web portal, suggestions have kept pouring in from the people from all walks of life. Out of these, some of the suggestions received special mention by the Lt Governor during the “Awaam ki Awaaz” programme broadcast today.
The Lt Governor expressed his gratitude to all the citizens for making valuable contributions in making the developmental process more people-centric.
Speaking on the suggestions sent by Ms. Nasira Akhtar from Khanmoh about development of small companies, promotion of women entrepreneurs and loan assistance to the entrepreneurs of J&K from Small Industrial Development Bank of India (SIDBI) , the Lt Governor said that the four types of incentives extended to both small and big companies in the new Industrial Development Scheme of Rs. 28,400 crore for Jammu and Kashmir by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will benefit both new and extant industries and businesses.
We are determined to create an ecosystem for budding and existing women entrepreneurs across the Union Territory by providing financial assistance and training. A new scheme ‘Tejaswini’ was announced on International Women’s Day, under which interest free financial assistance will be provided to women between the age group of 18 to 35 years, the Lt Governor responded during the programme.
He further informed that SIDBI is in the top priority list of the administration with its two offices to be fully functional in the UT very soon.
The Lt Governor mentioned Ms. Nazneen of Srinagar, a skilled artist associated with the craft Pashmina and Kani, who made valuable suggestions for promotion of local craft. Her suggestions included ensuring special loan assistance and supply of raw material to skilled artisans associated with Kani shawls.
The Lt Governor assured all those associated with handicrafts that the administration is committed to the development and promotion of these world-class products of Jammu and Kashmir.

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