Poverty eradication is one of the major objectives of planned development. The Government recognises that high growth of incomes is by itself not enough to improve the quality of life of the poor. Unless all the citizens of the country, and most particularly the poor, have certain basic minimum services, their living conditions cannot improve. Jammu and Kashmir State is also the beneficiary of Central government schemes along with special packages announced by the government from time to time. But despite these, there are many un-served and underserved areas in the state where people do not have access to basic amenities like clean drinking water, electricity and shelter. The continuing conflict has arrested the pace of development in the state. Added to it is the ignorance of the people about the multitude of centrally-sponsored schemes and programmes which are otherwise meant to help them access their entitlements to improve their economic and social well-being. There is a need, therefore, to link these communities with existing schemes of the state and Central government. The Development Division of NDF develops programmes in tandem with the aspirations and needs of communities on a sustainable basis.
NDF thus is committed to:
Promote application of benefits of modern Science and Technology for the benefit of communities and people, especially the socially excluded and the marginalised
Work for the development and promotion of folk, art, culture and literary activities
Work on peace and communal harmony, pluralistic values and co-existence
Work to identify issues of communities in smaller hamlets and remote/isolated regions of the state
Work to prepare special development plans and extension of basic amenities to communities on a priority basis
Work for consumer rights and other social issues; creating awareness on various income generation and social protection schemes of State and Central Govt.
Some of our work of Development Division includes:
RURAL DEVELOPMENT : Construction of lane drains and ponds; linking beneficiaries / communities to various social protection and employment schemes
LIVELIHOODS: Provide sustainable livelihood to many vulnerable families
LOCAL GOVERNANCE : Carrying out extensive capacity development of Panchyats in different districts to strengthen local governance. NDF also is a platform for Panchyats and local communities to directly interact with ministers, Members of Parliament, MLA’s, local district administration and senior Government functionaries
CONSUMER RIGHTS : Organise events on consumer awareness to promote consumer rights and make communities aware about provisions under the consumer protection law
PEACE AND COMMUNAL HARMONY : Organise Eid and Diwali Milan, peace marches, discussions and events on peace, communal harmony and pluralistic ethos of the state regularly across all intervention districts.
ART & CULTURE : Organise events and research work for the preservation, development and dissemination of art and culture. Also organising literary activities to promote local talent in social events like Mushairas etc.
Attachment of IAS officers with NDF on NGO management and functioning