‘Corrupt ministers will be shown door’

J&K ministers indulging in corruption will be shown the door, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday.
‘Corrupt ministers will be shown door’
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J&K ministers indulging in corruption will be shown the door, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Monday.

Chairing a meeting of the Council of Ministers here, Mehbooba said any minister, whether from PDP or BJP, found indulging in any form of corruption with have to pay a price.

The Chief Minister, according to sources, also said that ministers are responsible for corruption prevailing down the line in departments under their command and control.

"If a minister is honest but corruption is prevalent at lower level in the department under him or her, the concerned minister is responsible for it," she said.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti asked the state administration to be more responsive to the needs of people and directed the officers to undertake frequent field visits.

Chairing a meeting of Administrative Secretaries after the re-opening of Civil Secretariat here, the Chief Minister asked the officers to reach out to people, particularly in distant areas resolve their issues on the spot. She asked the officers to make field visits a part of their routine. She reminded the officers that people have been extremely receptive to administration whenever it has responded to their problems positively, responsibly and responsively.

Terming Housing, Power, PHE, Education and Health as critical sectors, the Chief Minister asked the Administrative Secretaries to utilize their expertise to render efficient service delivery to people at their doorsteps. She specifically directed for undertaking regular and periodic supervision of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the State and their proper and meaningful execution.

Mehbooba expressed dismay over the reports of erratic power supply to people, an official spokesman said. She directed regulation of power supply to consumers in view of coming month of holy Ramadan. She also asked for regulation of power supply in Jammu in view of the summer months.

The Chief Minister also expressed her displeasure over piling of garbage at many places in Srinagar and towns and directed immediate lifting and disposal of the same with regularity. She directed the concerned Departments to make all the street lights functional in major towns of the Valley on priority and also address the sanitation requirements there.

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