JAMMU: Governor NN Vohra said on Sunday that the “menace” of corruption and unaccountability that has gripped all levels of the government shall be “eradicated with unflinching determination”.
While describing the high voter turnout in Assembly elections as a confirmation of “people’s trust in the democratic process”, Vohra said people’s mandate will soon lead to installation of the next government in the state.
“He hoped the present spell of governance under his charge will soon end and the elected representatives run the affairs of the state,” an official spokesman said.
Highlights of Guv’s message
September floods affected 15 lakh families in the state; army, NDRF and the local youth did a commendable job in rescue and relief efforts
Flood reconstruction package sent by the state to the government of India being pursued for an early decision; close attention paid to ensure the Rs. 1,191 crore available under the State Disaster Response Fund is fully utilised
Negative trans-border factors and challenges to peace and normalcy hurdles in maintaining required pace for growth and development
In his address on the eve of 66th Republic Day, Vohra said, “The serious gaps in the governance apparatus, particularly those related to the public delivery systems, must be remedied immediately.”
To achieve that, Vohra said, stern measures shall be taken to “eradicate all dishonest elements from public services and ensure that key positions are assigned only to functionaries with proven integrity and competence”.
He said a work culture steeped in “efficiency, transparency, responsiveness and accountability must pervade the entire administration” and all officials shall do their best to change their style of functioning.
Stressing upon restoring the integrity of all public institutions, particularly those which are the watch-dogs of governance, the governor said the Right to Information Act must be implemented vigorously to empower the people.
He especially stressed on enabling the smooth functioning of the State Accountability Commission and the State Vigilance Commission.