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Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on day one of her taking over the reins of the government Monday, met council of ministers and held an introductory meeting with all Administrative Secretaries here at Civil Secretariat. Chief Secretary, B R Sharma and Director General Police, K Rajendra Kumar were also present in the meeting.
Asking her colleagues to get down to work immediately, Mehbooba Mufti Monday said the urgent task before the Government is to focus on development, good governance and corruption-free administration.
Mehbooba said people have lot of expectations from the present Government and it is the responsibility of the Ministers, including the chief minister, and other government functionaries to come upto their expectations. “The people are very vigilant today and keep it in mind that if you fail to perform they will teach you a lesson in next elections,” she told her cabinet colleagues.
Speaking on the occasion, Dy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh assured full cooperation to the Chief Minister in her endeavor to address the challenges and problems confronting the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Chief Minister spoke about the governance challenges present before her government for which she sought full commitment and support of all the administrative Secretaries. “I am passionate about getting things going and I need your support in realizing the vision of former Chief Minister, late Mufti Sahab”, she said.
Mehbooba said, “Works initiated and reforms brought in by Mufti Sahab will be carried forward, also along with those initiated by the Governor. All the projects initiated in Tourism, Horticulture, Power, Health and other sectors need to continue with greater synergy and commitment”. She asked the administrative secretaries to put in their best efforts to ensure timely implementation of decisions taken and commitments already made, adhering to timelines.
Chief Minister underscored the need to improve focus on the implementation of flagship centrally sponsored schemes saying that these have great potential in transforming the development scenario of any state.
To improve the overall functioning of the departments in delivering prompt and hassle free services to the people of the State, Chief Minister said that her government shall remain committed to provide a transparent, accountable and responsive administration which works for the betterment and welfare of the common man. “An important step in this regard will be to simplify the procedures and processes through e-governance” she said.
To ensure responsive and people sensitive governance, Chief Minister urged administrative secretaries to “connect with the people and be accessible to them for redress of their grievances”. She said she will welcome new and innovative ideas that help improve the system for the benefit of the people.
Addressing the administrative Secretaries, Chief Minister said that it is a tough task ahead and she would need full support from her Council of Ministers and administrative team to deliver on the vision of former Chief Minister, late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.