June 2016 News

People Regularly Keep Me Informed About Ground Realities: Mehbooba Mufti

24 June 2016
India Today
Ashwini Kumar

New Delhi: Chief Minister gave a detailed insight into the governance initiatives and good practices which can bring a positive change at the grassroots level. She made it clear that her priority is the people and not politics or power. 'As long as I am here I would spend every day in mitigating the sufferings of the people,' she said and added that she would like her officers to become partners in this enterprise of hope so that the people get to feel the change. In the 4-hour marathon meeting in Jammu today she said 'People are my eyes and ears, they regularly keep me informed about ground realities.' Mehbooba Mufti said she was not satisfied with the present pace of delivery as there is still huge gap in decision-taking and implementation on the ground. 'All of us shall have to put our act together and make the things move at the desired pace on the development front,' she said and added that adequate resources are available both through the State Plan and through Prime Minister's Development Programme for development. 'Only thing is to spend this money effectively and within the set time-frame,' she said and added that in this endeavour she would need the support of the officers at the cutting-edge level. Ms Mehbooba said people have lot of expectations from the present Government and it is the responsibility of the government functionaries to come upto their expectations. 'The Ministers shouldn't confine themselves to their constituencies or a particular region, but reach out to the people in every nook and corner of the State to mitigate the sufferings of the people,' she said adding; 'Similarly, I would like my officers at various levels to reach out to the people and redress their grievances and problems effectively.' Ms Mehbooba instructed the officials to resolve the issues of public concern within the set time-frame. 'Take timely action on issues of public importance, even by exercising suo­-moto powers, if required with humanitarian approach,' she said and added that the decisions taken in the District Development Board meetings have to be implemented at a faster pace. Asking officers to adopt systematic approach in solving public issues and ensuring speedy redress of their grievances, Ms Mehbooba said the people are her eyes and ears, 'and they acquaint me about the ground level realities on daily basis.' She asked the government officials to work with focused attention on the programmes related to women, youth and disadvantageous sections of the society. 'The officers should work fearlessly with proactive and pro-people approach so that people feel the change,' she said adding; 'If the officers face any problems, they can freely interact with me, if they feel that there are long pending issues they can come to me and get those issues sorted out.'