JK CM Addresses Civil Service Officers at LBSAA Mussorie
Mussorie/Srinagar, June 21 (Scoop News) –J &K Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday underlined the necessity of integrating growing role of civil society in the functioning of administration to create better synergy on service delivery.
“There has been significant impact of Government programmes and policies on poverty alleviation, health care, employment and inclusive development. However, there is need for innovative ideas, alternate ways of delivery of public service and re-energizing process of administrative functioning within the Government”, he said and stressed on integrating civil society role in this process.
Omar Abdullah said that Information Technology could also provide new solutions to problems adding that information, communication and education strategies are becoming crucial in social sector programmes.
Addressing Civil Service Officers at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussorie, the Chief Minister said that the civil service has been the hallmark of democratic frame work of the Country since the time of independence when Government launched the process of planned economic and social development. “The translation from policy to action has been done by the civil servants”, he added.
Calling for generating legitimate sense of redressal for public grievances in the administration, the Chief Minister said that dynamic civil servants are imperative to make the institutional devices dynamic to deal with the redressal of citizen grievances positively and effectively.
“It is therefore required that the civil service as an entity is to be programmed to engage consciously for achieving outcomes rather than focusing only on the outputs. The outlook, knowledge, skills and attitude of our civil servants must also relate to inter-generational dimensions of the socio-economic milieu. The responsive standards of Government as a whole need to be receptive to intra-regional variations and their management”, he asserted.
Stating that the concern for distributive justice is assuming critical significance as a major administrative agenda, Omar Abdullah said that the civil servants must emerge as chain managers and change agents. “There is an immediate call for innovations and factoring of policies and implementation in user perspective. Hence, the name of the game has to be partnership and stakeholder-ship”, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the annual capital expenditure in the State is around Rs. 1000 crore and the outlay for 12th Five Year Plan has been prepared worth over Rs. 67800 crores.
Elaborating his vision on connectivity, Omar Abdullah said that his vision of connected J&K constitutes 3 important components of physical connectivity, economic connectivity and emotional connectivity. “The physical connectivity has been flagged as one of the most important concerns in the State’s development policy and focused attention is on construction, upgradation and macadamization of village, district, inter-district, inter-provincial and national highways”, he said adding that apart from highways air linkage between various regions is being given special attention.
On economic connectivity, the Chief Minister said that physical connectivity will pave way for creating investment friendly environment in the State. He said a New Industry Policy must be in place to rope in investors and make J&K a business hub. He said tourism is yet another sector to generate wide-ranging economic activities. He said craft sector is zenith of Kashmir culture. “Our effort is to contemporise our traditional products through infusion of technology and design in the handicrafts sector”, he said and also referred to the efforts Government is making to give further strength to the fruit industry in the State. He also spoke about the utilization of State’s potential for green IT industry.
The Chief Minister said that his Government is working to bridge the communication gap between the youth of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of Country. “We are trying to fill up this gap through series of efforts. We are engaging our youth in the matters of Nation and State building.
On law and order, the Chief Minister said that there has been a discernible improvement in the overall security situation in the State. He said there has been remarkable reduction in militancy related incidents which has resulted in the reduction of security forces and removal of 40 bunkers from Srinagar city. “We are committed to zero tolerance. Time has come to rebuild the bridges by wiping out the scars of violence and create an atmosphere of peace and amity with equal opportunity of progress to all”, he said and wished best to the officers receiving training in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.
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