Accountable, responsive administration hallmark of good governance: LG

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VIKASPURUSH takes cognisance of grievances during live Mulaqaat

Salary of DSW Kashmir withheld; Enquiry ordered into unnecessary delays made by J&K Grameen Bank in granting loan

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SRINAGAR: Taking cognizance of the applicants’ grievances during the 5th round of “LG’s Mulqaat- Live Public Grievance Hearing”, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Thursday directed for with-holding the salary of Director Social Welfare Kashmir for delaying the release of the pending salary of teachers working in a special school.
Expressing his dismay over the matter, the Lt Governor directed for expediting the process of releasing salaries in favour of affected teachers.
On being apprised by an applicant from Kulgam about the issue of raising surcharge in his electricity bills without delivering the same to the consumer, the Lt Governor directed KPDCL for deducting the undue surcharge from the salary of the concerned officials.
In another case, the Lt Governor ordered an enquiry into unnecessary delays made by J&K Grameen Bank in granting the loan to an applicant.

MV Inspector, Conductor suspended; Show Cause notice issued to ARTO Ramban

Transport Commissioner to hold inquiry, submit report within 15 days

JAMMU: Government on Thursday issued show cause notice to Assistant Regional Transport Officer Ramban Shafqat Majid for causing delay of almost one year in issuance of termination of hypothecation deed of bike bearing registration number JK19-5849 of one Rajinder Singh, resident of Harog, district Ramban.
Rajinder Singh had filed a grievance/complaint in the Lt Governor’s Grievance Cell, which came up on Thursday during Lt Governor online Mulaqat for causing un-necessary delay in issuance of termination of hypothecation deed of bike
Pardeep Kumar, Transport Commissioner, J&K has been appointed as Inquiry Officer for conducting in depth Inquiry.
Meanwhile, Chander Mohan Sharma, Motor Vehicle Inspector, in the office of the ARTO Ramban and Mohammad Yousuf Salaria, Conductor, JKRTC registration No. 2879, have been placed under suspension with immediate effect.
The Deputy Commissioner, Ramban vide No. DC/R/JKLGGC /2021/1698 dated: 25-02-2021 has reported that the application for hypothecation deed of bike bearing registration No. JK19-5849 remained pending with effect from 05-03-2020 to 23-02-2021 in your office and same was issued by you on 23-02-2021 when it was known to you that the applicant has registered a complaint in the Lieutenant Governor’s Grievance Cell.
The show cause notice to ARTO Ramban states “the applicant’s file was disposed off after a gap of almost one year, which shows that there are sordid state affairs in your office”.
“Now, therefore, in view of the facts elucidated above, you are directed to explain your position as why disciplinary action, as warranted under rules shall not be initiated against you for causing delay of almost one year in issuance of termination of hypothecation deed of bike bearing registration No. JK19-5849 in favour of Rajinder Singh in your office. This misconduct on your part as head of the office has caused not only mental agony and harassment to the applicant but also has severly dented the image of the department. The reply to this show cause notice should reach the office of Commissioner/Secretary (Transport) within seven days failing which it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in your defence and action as warranted under law shall be taken against you”, the show cause notice states.
Meanwhile, Pardeep Kumar, KAS, Transport Commissioner, J&K has been appointed as Inquiry Officer for conducting in depth Inquiry regarding the complaint and delay in redressal of the grievance of Rajinder Singh.
“He shall also enquire into the roles and responsibilities and conduct of the delinquent officers/officials and recommend the action to be taken against them, the order states, adding “the inquiry shall be completed and report shall be submitted within 15 days.”
In the meantime, pending enquiry into the conduct, Chander Mohan Sharma, Motor Vehicle Inspector, in the office of the ARTO, Ramban has been placed under suspension with immediate effect, in-terms of Rule-31 of J&K, Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules-1956. The official shall remain attached in the office of Transport Commissioner, J&K, Jammu, till further orders, another order issued by Transport Department states.
“Pending enquiry into the conduct, Mohammad Yousuf Salaria, Conductor, JKRTC registration No. 2879, working in the office of the ARTO, Udhampur on deputation basis (working in the office of ARTO Ramban during the pendency of grievance of the applicant Rajinder Singh), has been placed under suspension with immediate effect, in-terms of Rule-31 of J&K, Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules-1956. The official shall remain attached in the office of Managing Director, JKRTC, till further orders”, the order reads.

During today’s interaction, the Lt Governor interacted with a total of 22 randomly selected applicants from across the UT, through virtual mode, and took first-hand appraisal of their grievances. He also sought public feedback on the administration’s efforts in providing on-spot redressal of their grievances.
The Lt Governor observed that the UT Government is moving forward in its endeavour to strengthen the people-government partnership, where the government is working as a facilitator to the people of J&K.
“Prompt redressal of people’s grievances and accountable, responsive administration is the hallmark of good governance, which should be followed in letter and spirit”, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor sought an immediate response from Administrative Secretaries, DCs, SPs and other senior officers of the various government departments and agencies pertaining to the grievances raised by the applicants.
Timelines were also set for taking requisite action for redressing the grievances projected by the applicants.
The Lt Governor directed the Administrative Secretaries to ensure that all Departmental Websites are updated with the latest information.
He asked the concerned officials to ensure that all educational institutions are connected with the Scholarship portals. He further directed for ensuring on-ground participation of the concerned officers during Block Diwas.
During the interaction, the Lt Governor also assessed the implementation of directions passed during the previous interactions.
Earlier, Secretary, Public Grievances, Simrandeep Singh briefed the Lt Governor on the present status of grievances and gave a detailed overview of the overall functioning of the Jammu and Kashmir Integrated Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (JK-IGRAMS).
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Administrative Secretaries; Divisional Commissioners; Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police, and other senior officers participated in the live public grievance hearing, in person and through virtual mode.

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