Details Of Every Penny Spent In J&K In Public Domain: LG

Srinagar- Claiming that details of every penny spent in Jammu and Kashmir are in the public domain, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Monday that his administration’s aim is to make all government services easily accessible to the people without human interface.

Sinha made these remarks during the inauguration of Digital Jammu & Kashmir week during which he launched several digital initiatives here at SKICC, an official spokesperson said Monday.

The LG, he said, also inaugurated Digi-Mela in districts which will generate awareness about digital solutions and new technologies.

“Today, details of every penny spent in J&K are in the public domain. As many as 209 government services have been integrated with Rapid Assessment System for real time feedback of citizens. Our recent assessment of citizens’ feedback shows 85% approval rating for the citizen centric services,” the LG said.

According to the spokesperson, the LG cited a recent report of the central government and highlighted that J&K UT e-transactions clocked 22.48 crore since 1st January 2022.

“Digital Transactions crossed the 22 lakh mark last month from J&K Bank. J&K is among top three states/UTs with 52% score in Internet penetration. We are performing better than many states/UTs with 72% male & 43.3% women internet users,” Sinha said.

The LG, as per the spokesperson said that Digital J&K week programme will showcase citizen centric IT initiatives that have helped in bringing about greater transparency in governance & ease of living for citizens.

Sinha, he said, emphasized the need to take effective measures providing last mile solution in digital services for the people of J&K, and directed the stakeholders to formulate short-term goals of 3-6 months & long-term vision statements to transform core ICT infrastructure, governance & services for ease of living, accessibility, innovation to transform J&K into digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

The LG, he said, also observed that ‘digitally empowered’ is a new yardstick to measure the present literacy rate.

“The programmes and initiatives launched today are part of the government’s efforts to bring ease, transparency & convenience in public service delivery,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the LG also asked the District Administrations to implement the goals of Digital J&K week in collaboration with civil society and PRIs.

The LG, he said, also highlighted the digital reforms introduced to realize the vision of Digital J&K and said that in the last two years, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dedicated efforts have been made to create an enabling environment for digital inclusion and promoting digital literacy to bridge the gap between government programs and citizens requirements.

“J&K, through Innovation, Implementation and Inclusion is setting unprecedented benchmarks in digital initiatives and leading by example in Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Digital India campaign,” Sinha said.

“We are number one in the ranking of UTs in e-governance. Host of initiatives like E-office, BEAMS, Awam ki Awaaz, MyGov, e-Unnat, Digilocker, Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani have brought transparency & accountability in governance and made transformational changes in the lives of people,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the LG congratulated the Information Technology Department and people of J&K on the launch of Digital Jammu & Kashmir week to be observed from 25th-31st July.

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