Village is the focus of development in Jammu and Kashmir. After the panchayati raj system, villages have now visible growth and the progress is going on.
Recently J&K government has said that the progress has picked pace in 400 tribal villages under Integrated Village Development Scheme. With an aim to ensure focused development in tribal areas and fill infrastructure gap, more than 70 government schemes were converged for implementation in 400 tribal villages under the domain of centrally sponsored Integrated Village Development Scheme (IVDS) for tribal development.
A special grant of Rs 98 crore was provided under Integrated Village Development Plan (IVDP) for filling the infrastructure gap in more than 400 tribal villages, apart from the village plan. The scheme is being implemented by the Tribal Affairs Department in coordination with the Rural Development Department and respective district administrations. Every district formulated Integrated Village Development Plan for all villages having more than 500 tribal populations for addressing multidimensional aspects including water issues, infrastructure issues, agriculture issues, gender issues, health issues etc. The PRIS along with officials identify various issues including lack of livelihood opportunities, absence of scientific livestock management, poor health care, and improper land use in every village taken up under IVDS. The IVDPs formulated by field teams in coordination with Gram Panchayats are approved by the District Planning and Monitoring Committee headed by Deputy Commissioners having members from all line departments. The State Level apex committee headed by Chief Secretary approves the plans after screening and recommendation from the Tribal Affairs Department.