'EMPOWERMENT' Initiative of Finance Department to enable public to oversee ongoing works in their area

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In a major initiative to bring transparency and accountability in the execution of public works in furtherance of directions of Lieutenant Governor of J&K, Financial Commissioner, Finance, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today launched a web based initiative to put details of all the ongoing capital works into the public domain.

On the occasion Principal Secretary Information Department, Rohit Kansal; Director General Budget, Mohammad Yaqoob Itoo; Deputy Director, Budget, Shafaat Yehya besides the IT professionals from the National Informatics Centre (NIC) were present.

The EMPOWERMENT (Enabling Monitoring of Public Overview of Works Being Executed &Resources for Meaningful Transparency) is a web portal hosting all the works being executed under the capex component of the UT budget. The same can be assessed through BEAMS website of Finance department.

The objective of this initiative, as described by Dr Mehta is that every citizen should be able to view every detail about the nature and extent of work under execution in his or her area or any part of the Union Territory.

The FC Finance also impressed that the initiative would be reviewed continuously for incorporation of improvements based on the feedback of general public. He urged the people to utilize the information available on  this portal to help government bring about greater responsiveness  andaccountability besides greater participation of stakeholders in the process of development happening in their area.

The portal is an interactive one as it offers public an opportunity to give their feedback about any of the worksgoing on in J&K. Therefore this unique initiative taken by J&K government is the one made to enable the citizens to directly participate in the development of their area.