SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday said that empowerment of general public is imperative for good governance and bringing transparency in administrative functioning.
â€œI have put this aspect in full focus to shift the authority from apex to the grass root levelâ€, he said adding that empowerment of Panchayats, Enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) and constitution of State Right to Information Commission under RTI Act are historic initiatives taken in this regard by the coalition government.
Omar Abdullah said that he was keen to see people actively participating in the process of development and asking questions to the government about financial transactions, allotment of works, physical achievements and outcome of spending on ground. â€œTo achieve this goal we have enacted legislations, strengthened the institutions and made administration answerable before common peopleâ€, he maintained.
Talking to a group of Sarpanches and Panches from Rajouri at his Friday Awami Mulakat here, the Chief Minister said that powerful Panchayat Raj is an effective tool to involve grass root public representatives in decision making and funds spending from Halqa Panchayat to district levels. He said his government has transferred services from various public service departments to these basic democratic institutions to address public needs. He said he has allotted Rs. 41 crores to the panchayat institutions last year to undertake smaller development works at panchayat halqa level requiring early attention.
The Chief Minister said that reaching out to people in all areas to give considerable fillip to the policy of equitable development initiated by his government in the State has been made an essential part in the functioning of the government. He said public liaison through Awami Mulakats, interaction meetings with civil society, registration and addressing the public grievances in the Grievance Cell and peopleâ€™s contact programmes have been introduced to strengthen public rapport and addresses the problems of people.
Omar Abdullah said that his government is committed to the holistic development of the State. He said prompt and transparent administration is his mission. â€œI want public to be empowered enough to demand service delivery in a time bound mannerâ€, he said and asked the people to take best advantage of PSGA in this regard.
Omar said that the initiative of third party independent monitoring, e-tendering and e-procurement introduced by his government in various departments and implementation of RTI has helped to create transparency in the functioning of government departments.
More than 50 deputations and scores of individuals met the Chief Minister in his todayâ€™s Awami Mulakat and brought to his notice various issues pertaining to the welfare and development. The individuals explained their problems and sought the intervention of the Chief Minister for redressal.
The deputations which called on the Chief Minister included a deputation of transporters from Batmaloo constituency led by MLA Irfan Ahmad Shah, a deputation of Community Information Centres Operators Association led by Nayeem Sidiqi, a deputation from Khadinyar Baramulla, a deputation of inhabitants of Battlan village, a deputation of Cricket Bat Manufacturers Association of district Anantnag led by Ghulam Qadir Bhat, a deputation of CMOs and BMOs, a deputation of AEE Hydraulic, a deputation Sarpanches and Panches of Rajouri, a deputation from Bandipora town led by Ajaz Ahmad Mir, a deputation of Chopan Association led by Abdul Ahad, a deputation of traders from Sopore led by Inayat Ullah, a deputation of KAS candidates of 2009 led by Mohammad Shafi Lone, a deputation of Leprosy Patients Association, a deputation of Trader of Residency Road, Srinagar, a deputation from Staff Nurses Association, a deputation from Kashmir Traders Manufacturers Association, a deputation from Kishtwar, a deputation from Ganderbal, a deputation from Nowgam, a deputation from KMD Association, a deputation from Junior Engineers Association and various other deputation from district Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Srinagar, Baramulla, Budgam, Banidpora, Jammu and Rajouri.