‘Be interactive, involved with people, become change agents against corruption’

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Srinagar—Asking the officers to be change agents against the scourge of corruption in the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked the Deputy Commissioners to reach out to the last in the ladder of development by taking governance to their doorsteps.

Chairing a meeting of all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir province, the Chief Minister directed much more prompt and timely grievance redressal by the Deputy Commissioners and creation of a Grievance redressal mechanism at their offices. She asked the Deputy Commissioners to clear the pendency of SRO-43 cases with speed and promptness. She also directed monitoring Adhaar enrollment in their districts so that people get the cards at the earliest. She also asked for monitoring of projects at the district levels to ensure their timely and effective implementation.

Mehbooba Mufti took a detailed review of health, connectivity, water supply, irrigation facilities in their districts and directed timely completion of the projects. She also took stock of the implementation of various good governance tools like Public Service Guarantee Act and RTI. She asked the DCs to visit the far flung, hilly, snow bound and cut off areas of the districts frequently and conduct grievance redressal camps there.

The Chief Minister specifically reviewed the level of disaster preparedness and management at the district level in a detailed manner. She was briefed about the trainings being imparted, equipments being arranged, categorization of various Government assets and facilities besides various categorization of people including patients, infirm, aged, children etc. to assess the quantum of response in case of an emergency.

Taking a review of the development needs of the people of these districts, Mehbooba Mufti directed construction of flood protection bunds at various spots on Vishow nallah in Kulgam district, reconstruction of damaged bridge at Fish market at Baramulla, early closure of Parimpora-Narbal road widening and pacing up of land acquisition on the semi ring road project in Srinagar. She also reviewed the status of setting up of cold store at Brazloo in Kulgam district, national highway expansion and AMRUT execution in Anantnag district, beautification of major shrines in Srinagar, Khanyar-Zoonimar and Syed Meerakhshah roads and setting up of a fire station in Shahr e Khaas besides Pandach-Beehama road.

The Chief Minister also took stock of the status of Trenz-Sheikhpora road and Dobjan water supply scheme in Shopian district, posting of staff to Ladakh region, operationalisation of Chadoora Sub District Hospital, land acquisition for the upcoming AIIMS at Awantipore and Dogripora bridge in Pulwama district and other major projects in these districts.

Mehbooba Mufti directed the Deputy Commissioners for taking steps for waste management in their districts and checking the use of polythene. She also asked the DCs to ensure enhancing green spaces and effectively maintain the public parks in their districts which provide a sense of recreation to people in general. She asked for creating help desks for the flood sufferers of 2014 so that they are properly guided.

The Chief Minister advised the Deputy Commissioners to undertake restoration and conservation of water bodies in their areas on pilot basis so that people would follow the same in a separated manner. She also directed making available sufficient quantity of transforms in view of the coming winter.

Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Advisor on Infrastructure, Pradip Singh; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner-Secretary, General Administration Department, Khursheed Ahmad Shah; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag, Baramulla, Bandipore, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kargil, Kulgam, Kupwara, Leh, Shopian and Srinagar districts were present in the meeting.

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