Officers’ vital interface between elected representatives, people: Mufti
Calls for joint training of officers belonging to different parts of state
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 20:– Describing officers as critical instrumentalities for bringing about perceptible change in the quality of administration, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed,Tuesday called upon the newly-appointed officers to work with single-minded dedication and thinking out-of-box to redress the grievances of the people.
He asked them to be in a state of constant preparedness to deliver good and efficacious governance, as they are the interface between the elected representatives and the general public. “The requirements of our three geographical regions are distinct. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the needs of the people living in these areas,” he said.
The Chief Minister, who is also the Minister for General Administration Department, made these observations while interacting with KAS probationers belonging to 2013 and 2015 batches.
Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma, Vice Chairman, IMPA&RD, Dr. Arun Kumar, Chairman, BPE, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner / Secretary, GAD, Gazzanfar Hussain, Director General, Information & PR, Zaffar Ahmad and IGP, Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani were also present on the occasion.
Asking the officers to maintain highest standards of probity and integrity in discharging their duties, Mufti Sayeed said their main motive should be to serve the people by delivering justice in a fair, transparent and hassle-free manner. “You have to understand the intricate issues which are routinely faced by the general public and learn to settle these in an impartial and dispassionate manner,” he emphasised.
The Chief Minister reiterated his Government’s resolve for inclusive, balanced and equitable development in the state. “We need to provide a smart government to realize the socio-economic aspirations of our people,” he added.
Referring to the services notified under PGSA (Public Service Guarantee Act), Mufti Sayeed said some institutional measures have already been taken to address the issue of procrastination. He said under the Act, the officers have to settle the issue within the prescribed timeline.
Later, the Chief Minister interacted with the KAS officers and sought feedback, particularly from those working in the Rural Development Department about their field experiences, especially related to the role of panchayats in ushering in a new era of development in the state.
Responding to the concern of some probationers that they face difficulties in implementing Centrally-Sponsored schemes, the Chief Secretary briefed the Chief Minister that the Central schemes are being revisited and made state-specific which will take care of the concerns expressed by the officers.
Arun Kumar and Khushid Ahmad Ganai also shared their experiences with the probationers.