People Appointed On Merit ‘For First Time’: LG

Says, Let’s Lay Foundation For Dignified Society

Jammu: In this month’s episode of “Awaam ki Awaaz” radio programme, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the people must strive to create a society full of self-respect and dignity.

Sinha said several “landmark decisions” taken by the administration was “steering people’s empowerment, taking J&K towards new heights of development and prosperity.”

For the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir, Sinha said, “7,000 recruitments have been done on merit basis, in a transparent manner, which is a living example of how corruption-free, transparent and just system contributes to the progress of the marginalized class.”

Sinha said another major decision taken by the administration was the one-time age relaxation in the recruitment exam for the post of Sub- Inspectors in the police and the increase in the number of seats.

The administration has recently also launched a public outreach campaign targeting the distribution of 58 Lakh Golden cards aimed at ensuring greater coverage with easy access to affordable healthcare facilities to poor families from rural backgrounds.

Sinha said: “Following the ideals of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, we have introduced digital initiatives to bring more transparency and reduce the gap between the system and the service, for the convenience of the common citizen. Such interventions will go a long way to ensure that benefits of the public welfare schemes are being made available to the people so that every citizen can live a dignified and prosperous life in a harmonious and progressive environment.”

The J&K administration, Sinha said, is trying its best to strengthen the democratic system at the grassroots level, encouraging public participation in the development process besides making all the public services easily accessible to the people.

He appealed to the people to take a pledge to work collectively and strengthen their resolve to build a new, prosperous and self-reliant J&K.

During the program which aired today on all local and primary channels of All India Radio (AIR) in Jammu and Kashmir and broadcast on the Channel DD Kashir, Sinha dedicated this month’s episode to citizens working for the betterment of the society.

Sinha made a special mention of Engineer Jehangir Bhat of Bandipora and appreciated his endeavor for encouraging innovation amongst youth. “With 20 patented innovations to his credit, I congratulate engineer Jehangir Bhat who aspires to make every student an innovator,” said Sinha.

Sinha also congratulated national topper of NEET-UG Tanmay Gupta and cricketer Umran Malik and termed them as the new role models for the younger generation of J&K.

“Our great nation will be celebrating 72 years of the adoption of the Constitution of the world’s largest democracy on November 26. Today, when the world’s oldest civilization and rich cultural heritage is moving towards becoming an economic superpower, it is absolutely necessary that the evils and the class differences plaguing it must be completely removed,” Sinha observed.

“Whatever we are creating, we must lay a solid foundation for a society full of self-dignity, self-respect, and prosperity. Working in this direction, the UT Government, in the last 16 months, has tried to establish a new transparent, accountable, people-centric governance system. Efforts have been made through active programs towards the empowerment of the general public,” he said.

Referring to the suggestion received from Faisal Yousuf regarding creating an environment of self-employment and inviting the young and promising entrepreneurs to schools for guest lectures, the Lt Governor said that such interactions with the students will ignite and propel the spirit of entrepreneurship in the young minds.

Responding to the suggestion of Yasir Ahmad Laway regarding the strict implementation of biometric attendance in the field offices, the Lt Governor observed that the insight received bodes well with the administration’s commitment to usher in an era of transparent and accountable governance culture in the region.

The Lt Governor, while mentioning Mohd Iqbal Badana and Shafeeq Ahmed, both of whom shared a roadmap for strengthening the Panchayat Raj Institutions, said that their suggestions complement the endeavor of the administration to enhance the capacity of the democratic institutions at the grassroots level.

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