Governor Malik Holds First Meet, Urges Good Governance

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SRINAGAR — In his first meeting after assuming office as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik on Friday made it clear that reinforcing good governance and delivering results urgently on the developmental front must be the priority of the State administration at all levels.

Rapid, people-centric development is the need of the hour, he said.

Immediately after assuming office, Malik convened the first official meeting with his advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam at Raj Bhavan in Srinagar this afternoon.

He took first-hand appraisal of the functioning of the Governor’s administration.

To ensure a tangible turnaround, Malik enumerated the measures to be taken to give a fresh push to the “Mission on Delivering Development” and the “Mission on Good Governance”.

Governor said a clear message shall have to go down the line that the focus should be on development on all fronts and reaching out to the people to meet their basic needs. He prioritized the health, education, rural development and social welfare sectors for focussed attention.

Governor also called for ensuring that the major development programs and projects and flagship schemes are given a renewed push and completed on time. PMDP projects must be given priority so that projects such as AIIMSs, IIT, IIM, Ring Roads and others are completed on time. Cleaning up the iconic Dal Lake must also be given topmost priority and the lake should be restored to its pristine glory. He said completing all such projects which are hanging fire for quite some time due to varied reasons should be the priority and these projects must be completed within a set timeframe.

Governor also called for expanding the scope and import of the Grievance Redressal mechanism. He said grievance redressal should not be limited to the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu alone.

Governor directed that District Grievance Cells should be urgently opened in all districts under the supervision of Deputy Commissioners. “The concerned Deputy Commissioners will personally hear grievances at least once a week,” he ordered.

Governor also asked the officers to expand their public outreach by conducting frequent field visits and meeting the people on ground in every nook and corner of the State to redress their grievances.

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