SIC important milestone in transparency roadmap in JK: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the Right to Information Act was an efficient device to check malpractices at all levels.

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Jammu: Terming the State Information
Commission as an important milestone in his roadmap for
transparency, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
on Friday said the Right to Information Act was an efficient
device to check malpractices at all levels.

"We have made RTI more forceful and effective to provide
ample room to general public for scanning the functioning of
government departments at various levels," he said, adding,
after a unanimous decision on the state`s Chief Information
Commissioner, the names of two Information Commissioners would
be finalised soon.

Reviewing the progress of development works in separate
district board meetings of Reasi and Samba districts here, the
Chief Minister said judicious utilisation of finances at all
levels was imperative to ensure better delivery on the ground.

Omar said performance of the district administration
would be gauged by honest management of funds and timely
completion of works.

"Attention has to be focused on successful implementation
of schemes in consonance with norms and set procedures," he
said.

The Chief Minister said third party monitoring of works
put in place by his government was also an effective measure
to check the quality, status and progress of various projects
and schemes.

"We are also monitoring the schemes at the Secretariat
level. The CM`s grievance cell is receiving regular feedback
of various works," he said, adding that the Cell will be
further strengthened.

Omar directed the district administration to formulate a
comprehensive programme for revival of water bodies and
restoration of ponds and pools in the Samba and Reasi
districts to store and harvest rain water.

"Wherever necessary, tanker service for supply of
drinking water should be extended," he said, maintaining that
revival of water bodies would be more beneficial in water
scarce areas.

PTI