Make Accountability Core Part Of Governance: LG

‘It’s Prime Duty Of Administration To Empower People, Make System And Process Transparent’

Jammu- Asserting that it is the prime duty of the administration to empower people, make the system and process transparent, the Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday directed the revenue department to remove encroachments from state land and plan for its land use.

“Close liaison should be maintained by the revenue department with civil administration, police authorities to detect any attempt to encroach upon the state land and safeguard it from unauthorized construction. Officials on the ground must ensure that the poor should not be harassed,” Sinha said.

The LG passed these directions while chairing a high-level meeting to review the working of the Revenue Department at the Civil Secretariat here on Monday, an official spokesperson said.

During the meeting, the LG was briefed by the officials on progress made by the Revenue Department on the directions passed in the previous meetings to streamline the delivery of revenue related services and other achievements.
Sinha asked the department to adopt a multidimensional approach in its endeavour for bringing transparency in the system.

“Directions passed in previous meetings should be implemented in a time-bound manner to ensure ease of living to citizens. It is the prime duty of the administration to empower people, make the system and process transparent,” the LG said.

On the steps taken to evict encroachers from State Land, the LG issued directions to take appropriate action as per the law for removal of encroachments and planning for its land use.

In the meeting, the LG was also briefed on the implementation of Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP).

“Every landowner must have computerized and easily accessible records to avail multiple benefits of the government. Make accountability core part of the revenue department. Officers to be held accountable for any lapse, illegal entries in revenue records,” Sinha said.

The LG was also informed that the Digitization of Jamabandis has been saturated.

The spokesperson said that Shaleen Kabra, Financial Commissioner, Revenue gave a detailed briefing on the measures taken by the department to address the issues and challenges to ensure an efficient and transparent system.

He said that Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Revenue Department gave a comprehensive action taken report on implementation of directions issued by the Lt Governor in the previous meetings.

“He further briefed the chair on the steps taken for Digitization of Cadastral Maps and Geo-referencing of Maps, establishment of IT Cell in the office of Financial Commissioner, Installation of CCTVs with two way audio in Registration offices, etc.

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