JAMMU: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while highlighting the difficulties faced by common people in obtaining various services has stressed for effective implementation of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA). She made it clear that breach of timelines vis-à-vis services provided will be taken seriously and action initiated against those who procrastinate.
Some of the important services being provided by Revenue Department include issuance of PRCs, Income, Marriage, Dependent and Reserve Category Certificates, revenue documents like Fard Intikhab, extracts of girdwari, massaviand jamabandi, attestation of mutation, demarcation of land and copy of voter list.
The Chief Minister made these remarks while chairing a high-level meeting to review the functioning of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Department.
Describing Revenue Department as the fulcrum of good governance, Mehbooba Mufti, asked the officers to maintain the highest standards of probity and help in making administration public-oriented, accountable and transparent.
She said PSGA can become a potent tool against scourge of corruption, provided timelines are adhered to by the Revenue Department under whose ambit most of the guarantees fall.
On this occasion, the Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari assured the Chief Minister to review the timelines for which necessary amendment would also be brought before the Assembly. He said the department will soon setup a mechanism to fix accountability and pledged to provide most of the services online, once the existing records are scanned and digitized under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP).
The Revenue Minister also apprised the Chief Minister about the ex gratia paid to victims of 2014 floods whose houses were either fully or partially damaged.
On obtaining present status of rehabilitation package for settlement of 36,384 families of PaK and Chamb DPs, the Chief Minister was informed that the Central government has sought certain clarifications after which Rs.2,000 crore earmarked under PM’s Development Package would be released to the state.
Regarding creation of 3,000 supernumerary posts for Kashmiri migrant youth, the Chief Minister was informed that comments of various administrative departments have been sought so that a comprehensive proposal is placed before the Cabinet.
Stressing upon rationalization of new administrative units, the Chief Minister asked the department to devise a mechanism to make these functional, till such time sufficient resources in terms of manpower and infrastructure are made available.
The Chief Minister tasked Finance Secretary to make a provision of funds for Disaster Management, for which a comprehensive plan has been drawn by TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) and approved by SDMA (State Disaster Management Authority).
The Revenue Minister also requested the Chief Minister to place two battalions of SDRF under the administrative control of Divisional Administration, so that real-time response is activated in case of natural and man-made calamities.
The functioning of the Evacuees’ Property Department was also discussed during the meeting.