Development in J&K among top priorities of PM Modi: Dr Jitendra Singh

‘Centre will train 20,000 J&K govt officials in grievance redressal under Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions’
Development in J&K among top priorities of PM Modi: Dr Jitendra Singh
He said Centre will train 20,000 Jammu and Kashmir Government officials in grievance redressal and the task will be undertaken by the Department of Administrative Reforms, Union Ministry of Personnel.Special arrangement

Srinagar: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Monday said that Development in Jammu and Kashmir is among top priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He was addressing a two day Regional Conference on the theme “Bringing Citizens and Government Closer – Through Administrative Reforms” at SKICC Srinagar. The conference was inaugurated by Dr Jitender Singh , The Union Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (IC) Ministry of Earth Science; MoS of Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.

He said Centre will train 20,000 Jammu and Kashmir Government officials in grievance redressal and the task will be undertaken by the Department of Administrative Reforms, Union Ministry of Personnel.

The Regional Conference is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), GoI in collaboration with UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

The conference is being held in the backdrop of replication of good governance practices in Union Territory of J&K. 16 PM Awardees presented their innovations in the two day event.

Dr Jitendra Singh said, Jammu and Kashmir became the first UT in the country to have Good Governance Index and was also first to launch District Good Governance Index for 20 Districts of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in January this year.

He said, the Index represented a major administrative reform in benchmarking good governance at District level and a significant step for timely collation and publication of statistics at State/ District level.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that governance reforms must be taken to next level and he proposed the idea of Aspirational Blocks on the lines of Aspirational Districts based on 41 scientifically evolved indices and aimed at bringing districts lagging in certain parameters at par with the best performing districts.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded the top priority in bringing the overall development in J&K UT. “Prime Minister’s objective scientific approach even in designing, structuring and planning in administrative reforms has worked to a great benefit as it is based on very objective parameters,” he said. Citing examples of Baramulla and Kupwara being under the Aspirational District Program (ADP) he lauded the Central Government’s such initiative which he called dynamic in approach based on real time evaluation.

Speaking during the meeting, Union Minister said that Central Government is committed to raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all. He said that ADP closely focuses on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the developmental economy.

Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary UT of J&K while addressing the inaugural session of the Regional Conference informed about the various reforms around good governance and effective implementations of schemes and initiatives over the recent past.

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