Guv for ‘visible’ improvement in admin functioning

Jammu: Governor N N Vohra on Friday called for “visible” improvement in public service delivery and asked state’s Chief Secretary to closely review progress on timely completion of important issues.
An official spokesman said that Vohra conveyed it to the Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday during a review meeting at Rajbhawan here.
“The Governor asked the Chief Secretary to advise all the Administrative Secretaries to identify the action to be taken for timely address and prioritized important issues, the progress of which would be closely reviewed by the Chief Secretary,” the spokesman said.
Jammu and Kashmir came under Governor’s rule last Friday after PDP and BJP, single and second largest political parties in terms of seat tally respectively, failed to stake claims for government formation despite being invited formally.
The decision was hastened by ten days as Omar Abdullah decided to not continue as caretaker CM of the state till the completion of his tenure on January 19.
During the review meeting, Khanday informed the Governor that “as advised by him” all the Administrative Secretaries have been directed to take time bound action on every matter of public interest in the departments under their charge, the spokesman said. Khanday also informed that all the Secretaries to bring about visible improvement in public service delivery.
The Governor also discussed the to-date status of flood relief measures, the spokesman said.
“With B.R. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development the Governor discussed pressing issues relating to Annual Plan 2014-15 and the broad approach which could be practically followed for formulating the Annual Plan 2015-16.”
Sharma also briefed Vohra on the present status of various schemes which are aimed at the reconstruction of flood damaged assets under the Prime Minister’s Package for Floods.
He informed that an amount of Rs 234.96 crores has already been released to various affected Departments.
“The Governor urged him to closely monitor the implementation of all the restoration projects,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the Governor shall be visiting Srinagar on Saturday to review the flood relief measures there.