Call to improve efficiency of J&K administration

8th December 1997

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, Mr. Ashok Jaitly has called for improving quality of work and efficiency of the administration at all levels and said that senior officers must provide inspiring leadership in every Department for speedy redressal of grievances and accelerated developments.

Mr. Jaitly addressing the meeting of Financial Commissioners, Additional Chief Sectaries and Commissioners/ Secretaries here recently, said that various measures needed to be taken to achieve dessired effiency in the administration. The training of existing personnnel and induction of new talent at various levels would go a long way in achieving better results. A programme of training would be chalked out for officers and subordinate staff at various levels. Services of senior retired officer would also be utilised in training the personnel.

If required, the recruitment rules should be reviewed in ordr to ensure absorption of competent hands at various levels, he said adding that every public service and strive hard to serve the society. He stressed the need for commitment of work on the part of public servants. He also favoured setting up of a comittee of senior officer for deciding posting of officers in the secretaries upto the level of Special Secretaries, on the pattern of Central Government.

The Chief Secretary took stock of preparatory work for hosting the National Winter Games at Gulmarg in January next and asked all Departments and agencies to co-ordinate their work and ensure facilities as per international standards for this major event. He said, he would personally visit Gulmarg to review the arrangements. He said, no effort would be spread to make this event a grand success.

The Chief Secretary also favoured setting up of a state-level commitee to monitor the activities of NGOs in the state. There had been a tremendous growth of NGOs during the last few years, each getting some help from the Central Government. The Social Welfare Department would henceforth function as a nodal agency for all NGOs operating in different sectors.

He reviewed the programme of computerization of Government functioning. A proposal had been prepared for Local Areas Networking in Civil Secretariat, both at Jammu and Srinagar, with Internet facilities. A scheme is also being prepared for grant of purchase of computers. Training had also been planned for employees at the NIC Civil Secretariat and CEDT Centre. The Government would grant incentives to those who gain expertise in computers.

The Chief Secretary also impresses upon the departments to prepare projects for external funding. Proposals for these projects have already been submitted to the Centre and would be pursued vigorously for clearance. Utilisation of funds from National Backward Classes Corporation and National Minorities Finance Development Corporation was also discussed.

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