Regional discrimination will not be tolerated: Sinha



SRINAGAR, Sep 14: Regional discri-mination in administration will not be tolerated at any level in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said here on Monday as he vowed to use technology to curb the menace of corruption.
"There is zero tolerance for discrimination between Kashmir and Jammu or dividing the union territory on any basis. It will not be tolerated at any level -- be it at the level of chief secretary or the LG -- as long as I am here," Sinha told reporters here.
He also said the administration will use technology to weed out corruption from government offices.
"Where there is man (manual work), there is corruption. We will be using maximum technology for ensuring transparency in government," he added.
Sinha also assured that justice will be done for the families of the three youths from Rajouri who are believed to have been killed in an alleged fake encounter.
"The Army has ordered its own inquiry and the administration is doing its own probe. I want to assure that justice will be done," he said
The LG was interacting with the media on the forthcoming launch of 'Back To Village -- Three' (B2V3) in the union territory for taking the governance to the doorsteps of the common masses.
He said the B2V3 will be launched on the Gandhi Jayanti, but a 20-day awareness campaign about the programme was already underway in all the 20 districts of the union territory.
Sinha said the previous editions of the Back to Village have been successful endeavours as they found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann ki Baat' and Independence Day speech.
"In the first edition, there was enthusiasm among the people and the atmosphere was festive. In the second edition, the aspirations of the people rose and they felt everything would be done through this mode.
A lot of work has been done ... We have put all the works in the public domain and want people to give us feedback on these works," he said.
He said Rs 10 lakh have been released to each of the over 4,000 panchayats in the union territory for immediate use in the local areas. "The panchayats can decide on what to use these funds."
On the committee formed for studying the business losses, Sinha said they have submitted the report.
"A package will be announced soon for Jammu and Kashmir, (the magnitude of) which has never been before," he said, adding the businesses in the union territory had suffered over the past 15 to 20 years
Sinha said as part of transparent and responsive governance, it has been decided that every Wednesday the district level officers will be conducting public hearings at sub-divisional level.
"If there are three sub divisions in a district, the DC and SP will be attending the public hearing at one Sub division while Additional DC and Additional SP will be doing the same in another sub division and likewise. The next week these officers will rotate the sub divisions, he said.
This is being done on an experimental basis and if successful, we want to take it to the block level," he added.
Terming the Back to Village programme as historic, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha remarked that the administration is committed to give transparent and people centric governance in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference at Raj Bhawan' s Auditorium, the Lt Governor said that in June 2019, the J&K government embarked on the Back to Village programme, a unique and ambitious exercise for enabling government at the doorsteps of people.
"As we are aware that this exercise involved the visit of over 4000 Gazetted officers of J&K to each and every Panchayat and spending two days and a night there. It was also an opportunity to support and strengthen the newly constituted Panchayats," Lt Governor told the media persons here.
The Lt Governor observed that the programme was a big success as there was a free and frank discussion on issues, problems, and complaints. "People participated enthusiastically and it was almost a festive atmosphere," he recalled the flagship programmes two earlier phases.
Not only this, the Lt Governor added, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special mention of it in his "Man Ki Baat", calling it "festival of development, public participation and public awareness and again made a mention of the programme in his Independence Day speech of 2020.
Giving the background of the second phase of B2V, the Lt Governor said that encouraged by the success of the programme, the government organized the B2V2 programme in November 2019.On the occasion, the focus was on ensuring that funds and functions devolved to the Panchayats were used without any bottlenecks and that beneficiary oriented schemes actually reached to the last person.
"We have planned the 3rd version of the programme Back to Village-3 B2V3 from October 2nd to 12th and it shall be far more advanced, action packed and ambitious than its predecessors. It shall be an action programme in order to build on and resolve the issues raised earlier," the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor further said the actual programme shall be preceded by a three week long Jan Abhiyan (Awami Muhim) phase with three important component viz Adhikar Abhiyan(Muhim Barai-e-Haqooq)-Service Delivery and 100% saturation of beneficiary scheme; Unnat Gram Abhiyan (Dehi Taraqiyati Muhim)- Mega Development push at the ground level and Jan Sunwai Abhiyan (Awami Sunwai Muhim) - Public Grievance Redressal.
Enumerating the salient features of the pre-B2V-3 programme, Lt Governor Sinha said that during the Jan Sunwai Abhiyan (Awami Sunwai Muhim) phase, a Block Diwas (Youm-e-Block) shall be organised in every block/sub division headquarter on every Wednesday of a week when all departmental functionaries shall be available at a notified place with all supporting staff and equipment to ensure immediate on the spot disposal of applications and redressal of grievances.

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