Jammu & Kashmir Cops Made More Accountable

Jammu & Kashmir Cops Made More Accountable

1 April 2012
DNA
Ishfaq-ul-Hassan

Srinagar: Cops beware. The next time you refuse to issue FIR copy to an applicant, you may have to pay a fine. Omar Abdullah government has included FIR copy and CID verification certificate in the Public Service Guarantee Act in a bid to ensure delivery of public services to people within a specified time limit. Government functionaries will have to pay a fine if there is a delay. “Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has approved inclusion of three more important services: issuance of copy of FIR to the applicant, character antecedents report from CID in respect of newly appointed candidates in government service, and verification report from CID for acquiring passports,” said Abdul Raheem Rather, J&K minister for finance. Currently the state government has notified 45 services pertaining to six departments to be delivered to eligible persons in a fixed time limit under the Act.It includes ration cards, electric and water connections, driving licenses, registration certificates, revenue papers and scores of other public and essential services. Under the Public Service Guarantee Act, afine Rs 250 for each day of delay in the delivery of public service to the aggrieved person, or a fine amounting to Rs5,000 whichever is less, will be levied in case the service is delayed or not provided. The Act also provides for imposition of fine from Rs500 to Rs5,000 on the first appellate authority if it has failed to decide the appeal of the aggrieved person without any sufficient and reasonable cause. Official figures reveal from August to December 2011 end as many as 3,60,576 applications have been disposed of by way of provision of services to the concerned in prescribed timeline. “All departments including Labour and Employment have been asked to identify more services pertaining to their departments which ought to be brought within the purview of the historic act”, saidRather.