Mufti Warns Officers: 'Honesty Is Commendable, But I Want Results'

1 July 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: J&K Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Wednesday said officers of the state administration 'will be tested solely by their integrity and performance in improving the public service delivery.' Addressing District Development Board meetings of Srinagar and Budgam here, Mufti said 'the biggest problem' in the public service delivery system has been 'the inability of officers to utilize the available resources fully.' 'Being honest is commendable, but I want results and for that you will have to deliver on ground,' he told officers during the meetings. An official spokesman said Rs 120.80 crore annual plan for Srinagar district and Rs 168.02 crore for Budgam was approved in Board meetings. Mufti described Srinagar as 'crown of Kashmir' and said rebuilding infrastructure and rehabilitation of flood victims was his government's top priority. He also assured that protection measures will be taken to thwart threat of floods. 'De-silting river Jhelum and its spillover channels, besides strengthening of the river embankments will be expedited. But to save Srinagar city from persistent threat of floods, my Government will pursue with Centre Rs 2200-crore project for construction of alternate flood channel from Dogripora to Wullar,' he said. To get rid of persistent water-logging in the summer capital, Mufti announced setting up of 10 new dewatering stations in most-affected areas of the city. The Chief Minister also announced a revolving corpus fund of Rs one crore for Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, for treatment of poor cancer patients who are not able to afford huge medical expenses. He also asked the Health & Medical Education Department to speed up proposal for developing Kashmir Nursing Home as an independent Cancer Centre. The Chief Minister also announced construction of a new Pediatric Hospital, in close proximity of LalDed Maternity hospital here. 'Till the plan for additional children's hospital is conceived, the Health department will augment manpower and install new machines at G B Pant Hospital to cater to the needs of patients,' he said. Responding to demands of legislators, the Chief Minister said the Government will explore construction of a Circular Road in the long-term to de-congest Srinagar city and tap heritage and pilgrim tourism potential of the summer capital and Budgam.