Describing the people’s mandate as a historic opportunity, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Friday said that the Government has come with a positive agenda to change the system of governance and ensure justice to all.
Chairing his maiden meeting of Administrative Secretaries after assuming office, the Chief Minister stated that the Government will soon make guidelines to make Heads of the Departments accountable and responsible so that they perform to the best of their ability. He asked them to become agents of change and play a key role in strengthening democratic institutions and ushering in a new era in transparency and good governance in the State. “You are my tools of governance. J&K has to deliver on development front so that people of the State, who have suffered for long, feel the change coming on the ground,” the Chief Minister reiterated.
The Chief Minister said the verdict of the people in the Assembly elections is a great opportunity to connect and further gel the three distinct regions of J&K State. He added that there will be no digging of the past and the initiatives taken between 2002 and 2005 will move forward to firmly put the State on the development map of the country.
The Chief Minister made a reference to the fractured mandate of 2002 elections when, after becoming Chief Minister, he took several initiatives like Cross-LoC trade that are seen as historical in nature. He praised the former Prime Minister of India Atal Behari Vajpayee and the NDA Government of that time which took several confidence building measures to help bring in peace and stability in the State.
Stressing that governance has to be made people-friendly at the grassroots level, the Chief Minister stated that he will ensure that powers are delegated to the officers for effective administrative disposal. “J&K has been in pain for a pretty long time. When a part of the country is in pain, it needs attention,” he added.
The Chief Minister made a pointed reference to make pivotal Government institutions like the Accountability Commission and the Public Service Commission functional so that the people are facilitated and trust deficit in Government institutions is removed. “Time-bound delivery of services to the people of the State must be prioritized,” the Chief Minister said.