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J&K witnessed positive transformation in last three years: Lt Guv Sinha

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Says accountability and transparency is the soul of good governance

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday asserted that the region experienced positive transformation in the past over 3 years than it had in the previous 75 years.

Addressing at the launch of inaugural edition of JAKFAS journal at Convention Centre Srinagar, Sinha said that corruption was uprooted to empower the common man in Jammu and Kashmir.

“The system, which functioned on the basis of corruption was demolished. Now common man feels empowered with transparency in the system. Those who looted Jammu and Kashmir were held accountable. J&K Bank, which is now scripting history too had suffered during the previous regimes,” he said.

The LG also said election in Jammu and Kashmir will happen at appropriate time.

“Union Home Minister on the floor of the Parliament said that election will be held in J&K which will be decided by the Election Commission of India. We are sure that 80 percent of the people will vote and favour the prevailing system in here,” he said.

“Some people have problem with the current system in Jammu and Kashmir. Those who indulged in corrupt practices will not be spared. Everything will be done under law till PM Modi is at the helm of affairs,” Sinha added.

The LG said that Jammu and Kashmir has been getting more funds compared to the rest of the state and that people have realized where that money was going.

In his address, the Lt Governor congratulated all the members of the JAKFAS and highlighted the important role and contribution of Account Service Officers in inclusive development and growth.

Finance and Account Services are not only the watchdog of accountability as far as government expenditure is concerned but they are also promoter and facilitator of all-round development, he added.

At the ceremony, the Lt Governor shared the financial reforms taken up by J&K Administration in recent years which have brought greater transparency and accountability to the financial system, making it more robust and outcome-oriented.

“Accountability and transparency is the soul of good governance. With complete dedication and commitment, we have ensured timely and expeditious implementation of development projects, direct benefit to common man, and social and regional imbalances have been removed,” the Lt Governor said.

He said the key reforms including BEAMS, J&KPaySys, mandatory approvals, technical sanctions, e-tendering, digital payments, adherence to General Financial Rules and other technology interventions have immensely contributed to the efficiency and transparency in the system. He also lauded the key role of Account Service Officers in implementing these reforms.

“Corruption was deeply rooted in all the systems of J&K for many decades. We have taken multi-pronged action against corruption, stringent action against offenders, and implementation of digital governance for accountability to usher in clean and transparent governance,” he said.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor felicitated the retiring and new members of the J&K Account Services and called upon them to make the people aware of their responsibility of paying for government services. If capable people pay their power bills then government can waive off the bills of poor and farmers, he said.

J&K is growing by leaps and bounds and so are the aspirations of people and their expectations from the administration. We need to work with dedication to maintain the growth momentum and bring change in the lives of people, especially to the poor and the underprivileged, he said.

He further called for completion of digitization of pension payment authorities on mission mode.

The Lt Governor, on behalf of JAKFAS, also handed over cheques to Next of Kins of the deceased members of the society.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta Chief Secretary; Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary Finance Department; Baldev Prakash, MD & CEO J&K Bank; Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner Secretary GAD; Rashmi Singh, Commissioner State Taxes; Iftikhar Hussain Chauhan, President JAKFAS, HoDs, senior officers and members of JAKFAS were present.

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