AFSPA Revocation Will Begin In My Tenure: Omar

AFSPA Revocation Will Begin In My Tenure: Omar

28 August 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday expressed confidence that the gradual removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will begin during his government’s tenure. Addressing a public gathering at Rajpora in Pulwama district, the chief minister said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in power its leaders never talked about revocation of AFSPA or other related issues. He said PDP voted against the rehabilitation policy resolution moved in the State Legislative Assembly by M.Y Tarigami. Omar said his endeavour is to take peace dividends to every household and make public fully empowered to ask questions about the performance of government at all levels. He said his government has initiated various measures in this direction. “Enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA), Right to Information Act (RTI), Panchayat Elections and transfer of powers to these bodies vindicate his government’s commitment for good governance and public empowerment.” “By the enactment and implementation of PSGA, the common man has been legally empowered to get service delivery within the prescribed time frame.” He said the government officials have been legally made bound to ensure service delivery within the prescribed time limit. He said any laxity or failure on part of the government official on this count makes him liable for specific fine and a part of which would be paid to the affected consumer as a compensation. Omar said by implementing Right to Information Act and constituting State Right to information Commission his government has given ample power to people to question any government department about its functioning, physical progress of works, financial transactions and other related matters. He said this has paved the way to make functioning of government departments transparent and curb the chances of corruption. The chief minister referred to the holding of Panchayat Elections and empowering Panchayats to perform some fifty services transferred to these institutions. He said more powers are being transferred to Panchayats and Panchs and Sarpanchs are being given trainings to enhance their capacity for utilizing the powers transferred to them. He said that elections to block Panchayat councils will be held this year to make these bodies functional at block levels.