‘Bureaucracy no substitute to elected Govt; delimitation must be done in time-bound manner’

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Gaurav Kapoor urges CS to hold Public Darbars

STATE TIMES NEWS

JAMMU: Apni Party Youth Provincial President Jammu Gaurav Kapoor on Saturday urged the newly appointed Chief Secretary of J&K Arun Kumar Mehta to reach out to the people and address their suffering on a prompt basis as the public outreach programs have drastically declined under the bureaucratic set-up that currently remains at the helm of affairs.
Speaking on the side-lines of a youth meeting, Kapoor said that J&K is currently devoid of a democratically elected government, and it becomes highly imperative for those in authority to listen to the public grievances and put sincere efforts to resolve them without any negligence or failure.
“The bureaucratic strata have adapted an impervious attitude towards the woes of the people and pathetically have chosen to remain oblivious from the pleas of common masses, which is why the people are keenly demanding for early elections. However, until the elections are held I would urge the Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta to mend this gap between the public and civil servants, as many people due to this lackadaisical approach are feeling isolated and affronted,” he remarked.
Kapoor suggested that the Chief Secretary should direct Divisional Commissioners along with Deputy Commissioners of all the districts across J&K to organise Public Durbars wherein people without any impediments can register their complaint and seek its immediate redressal.
“The bureaucratic hubris has resulted in a trust deficit between the people and the government. The Public Durbars will bolster a positive change wherein people will understand that the government is still connected and concerned about their pressing issues faced by them. Such durbars remain requisite for now and should be organised in every district on a weekly basis,” he observed.
Gaurav Kapoor also welcomed the hints about early elections in Jammu and Kashmir while stressing that the government must complete the delimitation process in a time bound manner so that people are allowed to practice their fundamental right to choose their representative.
He said that there exists no plausible substitute to a representative form of government in a democratic country like India and therefore assembly elections in J&K must be held at an earliest.
Pertinently, elected representatives remain accountable to the people who have voted for them but such an association is missing between the public and a civil servant. So, the news about early elections is highly favourable for the people of J&K,” Kapoor asserted.
Besides Gaurav Kapoor, Youth District President Jammu (urban) Shivam Choudhary, Abhishek Jamwal, Arpan Gupta, Baljinder Singh, Inderpreet Singh, Ashraf, Sumit, Lovely, Sunil and others were also present in the meeting.
On the occasion, Gaurav Kapoor impressed upon the Apni Party Youth cadres in Jammu to work diligently and put their efforts for strengthening the Party at district, block and ward levels.