Mehbooba pulls up officials for ‘laxity’ on public issues

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday pulled up officials of different departments here for “laxity” on matters related to public issues.
Mehbooba pulls up officials for ‘laxity’ on public issues
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday pulled up officials of different departments here for "laxity" on matters related to public issues.

Chairing a meeting of administrative secretaries, District Commissioners from Kashmir and heads of various departments at SKICC here, the Chief Minister minced no words in reprimanding the officials for failing to discharge their duty expeditiously.

"I don't know what you (officials) are doing. Nothing seems to be moving on the ground," the Chief Minister told the meeting that was also attended by Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.

Sources said the Chief Minister, while making mention of some cases that had come to her notice, took strong exception to creation of hurdles for timely implementation of the Public Service Guarantee Act under which the government is bound to provide services in a time bound manner.

The meeting was informed about the case of a young lady from Kupwara who had to run from pillar to post to get power connect for her newly set up ladies' boutique.

"It was only after the intervention of senior cabinet Minister Naem Akhtar that the applicant was given power connection to her boutique," the meeting was told

Referring to the case, the Chief Minister sought explanation from the officials concerned for not living up to the people's expectations in helping them stand on their own feet.

The meeting, sources said also discussed the key role of District Development Commissioners in facilitating timely completion of issues of public importance and acting as watchdogs in their respective areas.

During the meeting, the sources said the DC Baramulla informed the Chief Minister that the field departments and the officials were not cooperating in smooth functioning while citing that she had recently suspended a supervisor from CAPD over an issue who was however within days reinstated by the Director CAPD.

The sources said it also came up for the discussion during the meeting that the decisions taken by the District Commissioners were undone by the heads of the departments.

Stressing on empowering the institutions of the District Development Commissioners, the Chief Minister directed the departments to respect the office of the DCs. 

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