Only 8.75 % of required DISHA meetings held in J&K

Monitoring committees are headed by MPs

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Only 8.75 % of required DISHA meetings held in J&K

 Only 8.75 percent of the required number of district development coordination and monitoring committee (DISHA) have taken place in Jammu & Kashmir during the last financial year, raising questions on performance of members of parliament.

An official report of the Union Ministry of Rural Development in possession reveals that only 8.75 percent of the required number of DISHA meetings were held in J&K UT in 2021-22.

The report lays bare that only seven meetings of DISHA committees have taken place in J&K against the required number of 80 meetings.

According to the guidelines governing DISHA committees constituted by the Union Rural Development Ministry, these panels, headed by MPs, shall meet on quarterly basis to monitor the efficient and time-bound development of the districts through proper implementation of 43 central schemes and programmes.

Jammu & Kashmir has 20 districts. So 80 DISHA meetings should take place in each year in the Union Territory as per the guidelines of the Union Rural Development Ministry.

According to the official document, the States/UTs have been directed to conduct DISHA meetings on quarterly basis.

They shall constitute DISHA monitoring cell to coordinate in organizing regular meetings, and follow up on decisions taken during these meeting.

The states/UTs have also been asked to conduct state -level meetings on half -yearly basis.

Jammu & Kashmir has five Lok Sabha MPs-three from National Conference and two from Bharatiya Janta Party.

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