Srinagar: J&K Common Service Centres Association (CSC), a parent organisation of all Khidmat Centres, on Thursday asked Governor N N Vohra led administration to implement National e-Governance Project in Jammu and Kashmir.
“National e-Governance Project was started in the state in the year 2009 and Khidmat Centres were rolled out. Qualified youth were taken into this project who invested in this to act as front end delivery points especially in the far flung rural areas of J&K,” president of the association Shah Shabir said in a press conference.
He said the government had promised routing all the government to customer services through these Centres thus making them sustainable and viable. “Government till date has totally failed to implement this project at par with the central government directives and guidelines. This project is doing well in other states on comparative basis,” he said.
He said hundreds of orders have been issued and review meetings have been a part of the government curriculum regarding this centrally sponsored project but the situation at ground level is very grim and pathetic.
“We have continuously pressed for the proper implementation of this project but people at the helm of affairs are ignoring our requests and exploiting this project as per their personal need and requirement. This project has been so far victimized politically,” Shah said.
He said the state government till date has violated all the norms by outsourcing various schemes and projects to private parties and vendors and are now rolling out new centres only to ruin the career of more youths of J&K.
“Financial support due to Khidmat Centre Operators vide Govt Order No: 46 ITD of 2011, Dated 14-12-2011 hasn’t been released, forcing them to suffer. Services like electricity bill collection, Aadhaar, electoral services, revenue records, birth/death certificates, ePDS, connectivity etc. haven’t been provided to Khidmat Centres till date,” he said.
The association members warned state administration of dire consequences if their demands are not met immediately.
“We have already informed Governor of J&K regarding the current scenario of the project and exploitation done so far and we are waiting for his kind intervention to safeguard the future of thousands of youth,” they said.