Kangan residents suffer as Revenue powers to new SDM pending

Kangan residents suffer as Revenue powers to new SDM pending
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Violation of Public Service Guarantee Act says residents

Kangan: The residents of Kangan sub-division in Ganderbal district are facing immense hardships as the authorities have not vested revenue powers with the new SDM Kangan for the past three months.
The aggrieved residents told Kashmir Reader that their state subject applications were piling up and gathering dust while Revenue department seems reluctant to vest powers to the SDM.
They said since the government transferred SDM Kangan Gulam Mustafa Indrabi and posted Mehraj-Ud-Din Shah in his place, the Revenue department has not granted PRCs powers to concerned official, due to which people are facing hardships.
Official sources said that 700 state subject files have piled up in the SDM office.
“I have submitted my state subject case two to three months ago and merely for the signature of the official my state subject is not being issued. I am unable to apply for a job as I don’t possess the vital document,” said Ashiq Ahmad, a resident of Gund.
“I have been visiting the concerned office at Kangan from the past several weeks. However, I don’t understand why officials have not been granted powers despite knowing the importance of state subject” said Abid Ahmad, another local resident.
Residents said the government is violating its own Public Service Guarantee Act’ (JKPSGA) meant to provide services within specific time limit.
“When an act is violated by the state itself by not vesting powers to the officials that means they are working against the Act itself,” said Mushtaq Ahmad a local resident.
Officials said that deputy commissioner Ganderbal has already written to the concerned authorities.
Minister for Revenue Abdul Rehman Veeri did not respond to repeated calls.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan told Kashmir Reader that he will take up the matter with the Government. “I will take up the matter with government to resolve the issue,” he said.

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