Jammu: Describing Revenue Department as "the fulcrum of good governance", Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday asked the officials to maintain the highest standards of probity and help make the administration public-oriented, accountable and transparent.
She said Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) can become a potent tool against the scourge of corruption, provided timelines are adhered to by the Revenue Department under whose ambit most of the services fall.
The Chief Minister made these remarks while chairing a meeting to review the functioning of the Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Department.
Mehbooba highlighted the difficulties faced by countless people in obtaining services like income certificate.
On the observation made by the Chief Minister regarding inordinate delay in delivery of most services under PSGA, the Revenue Minister said the department will soon set up a mechanism to fix accountability and pledged to provide most of the services online, once the existing records are scanned and digitised under Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP).
The Chief Minister was also apprised of the status of Jhelum-Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), which will be taken up at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
JTFRP, supported by the World Bank, proposes reconstruction of critical infrastructure, roads and bridges, urban flood management infrastructure, strengthening of livelihoods, disaster risk management capacity and contingency emergency response.
The Revenue Minister also apprised the Chief Minister about the ex-gratia paid to victims of 2014 floods whose houses were damaged.
While Rs 199.44 crore has been disbursed under SDRF, an amount of Rs 565.69 crore has been given as compensation under PMNRF norms. Under the Prime Minister's Development Plan, an amount of Rs 1,194 crore has been released as assistance for damaged houses.
On the status of rehabilitation package for settlement of 36,384 families of PoK and Chamb displaced persons, the Chief Minister was informed that the central government has sought certain clarifications after which Rs 2,000 crore earmarked under PM's Development Package would be released to the state.
Regarding creation of 3,000 supernumerary posts for Kashmiri migrant youths, the Chief Minister was informed that comments of various administrative departments have been sought so that a comprehensive proposal could be placed before the Cabinet.