LG pitches for reducing delays in implementation process
Two-day conference on “Replication of Good Governance Practices” begins at SKICC
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday underlined the significance of creating common platform by bringing national, state-level organizations, experts for sharing experiences in formulation and implementation of best practices in citizen-centric governance, administrative innovations, welfare programs, digital governance, personnel administration and capacity building for effective administration.
He made these remarks at the inaugural of two-day regional conference on “Replication of Good Governance Practices” at SKICC, Srinagar, in presence of Union MoS, PMO, Ministry of DONER, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh.
About 750 officers/officials from 10 States/UTs through semi-virtual mode are participating in one of the biggest-ever conferences in the country, an official press release informed.
“I firmly believe that speed of decision-making is critical and therefore, our efforts should be to reduce delays in the implementation process, moving effectively towards building an egalitarian society. Difference will be made only with responsive, morally correct and action-oriented policies,” Sinha observed.
According to an official press release, emphasizing on having elements of ‘human touch’ in the working of the officials, the LG advised the senior officials to “remember that behind every file, every single note, there are people. Your process cannot be mechanical; whatever you do or decide not to do in that particular moment impacts a large section of the public.”
“Forget about failure; let’s start counting how many attempts we are making, which is completely aligned with the vision of administration. It is high time we moved away from process-based administration to performance-based administration, bringing in more efficiency in the system,” he added.
The LG congratulated JK-IMPARD and National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) for signing an MoU on the capacity building programme, giving an opportunity to 2,000 officers of J&K administration through mid-career training program on various aspects of good governance, on the training pattern of IAS officers.
“Team of J&K administration is working in a participatory, responsive and transparent manner with moral values which is the foundation of good governance. Government institutions, schemes, various programmes, activities of social welfare, all these efforts can have their rightful impact only when the last person standing in the queue is being reached to with the benefits according to his need,” the LG maintained.
Laying special emphasis on taking accountable good governance to the people, the LG said that everything has been put in public domain under JK BEAMS, EMPOWERMENT initiative, thus making J&K one of the leading States/UTs to bring such transparency in the governance process.
Good governance powered by digital intervention should aim at making government services available online, digital literacy mission reaching every village, enabling disbursement of all subsidies directly into beneficiaries’ accounts.
“Today, we can proudly say that a person sitting in any Panchayat of the UT can see how much the money is allocated and utilized under the plan finalized with the participation of public representatives for the development of his village,” he added.
“e-Office is one of the reformative steps taken by the government to put an end to the Darbar Move practice in J&K, thus saving crores of rupees spent on transporting files in hundreds of trucks from Jammu to Srinagar and from vice-versa,” observed the LG.
The LG also congratulated the Chief Secretary of J&K and his team for “implementing the rule of transparent accountability” in Jammu and Kashmir. He also stressed on the need to lay a solid mechanism for reward for good work and punishment for laxity by the government officials.
The LG remarked that the Prime Minister has brought a new era in governance process through his mantra of – “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance”.
“On the basis of broad framework he laid for all of us and by working in different areas, we have moved forward in the direction of ‘Ek Bharat- Shreshtha Bharat’,” the LG said.
“Due to better policy and its implementation in the sustainable development goals, J&K has performed well as per the SDG Index report which came out last month. Continuous efforts are being made in all the districts to make 100 percent electronic delivery of government services so that corruption can be curbed further,” Sinha said.
“Citizens can send their complaints through JK-IGRAMS from any corner of the UT. Proper arrangements have been made for the redressal of these grievances. In this direction, LG Mulaqaat is another unique initiative, through which I directly communicate with the common people and try to resolve their grievances in the shortest possible time,” the LG added.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K, while speaking on the occasion, highlighted the significance of maintaining sustainability in innovation and termed it critically important for delivering good governance to the people.