SRINAGAR: Governor Satya Pal Malik today called for giving a renewed push to the “Mission on Jammu and Kashmir back on course.
“Our collective priority should be to reach-out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to mitigate their problems through good governance and address their developmental concerns with outcome-based action,”
Governor made it clear to the officers that he has no political agenda and wants to just serve the people of the State, in whatever way possible. “What Jammu and Kashmir needs, is a sincere outreach to redress the day-to-day problems of the people,” he said and added that shortly after he reached Srinagar last week, he received a complaint of water logging in colonies around Mustafabad, HMT on the outskirts of Srinagar. “I gave instructions for tackling the problem immediately. This may be a small gesture, but people appreciated it as they felt that their writ is running now,” he said.
Stressing the need for ensuring rapid, people-centric governance, Governor enumerated the short and long-term measures to be taken to achieve this objective. He said strengthening and expansion of grievance redressal mechanism, timely execution of developmental projects, public outreach, attendance in offices, strengthening anti-corruption mechanism, expediting recruitment process/SRO-43 cases & regularization under SRO-520, intensifying anti-encroachment drive, improving traffic management, augmenting power supply & availability of potable water, supplementing human resource in health and educational institutions, conservation of water bodies, effective flood mitigation and creating career progression avenues for officers/officials at every levelwill be the priority areas for the administration in the first instance.
He said instructions have already been passed for setting up Grievance Cells in the offices of all the Deputy Commissioners across the State with a designated Nodal Officer. “The Deputy Commissioners will dedicate one day every week exclusively for hearing public grievances and ensuring appropriate redressal,” Governor said and added that the Advisors and other Government functionaries shall be regularly visiting various parts of the State to ensure on-the-spot redress of public grievances.