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HT Correspondent
Srinagar, July 08, 2013
Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the coalition government during the last four and a half years has concentrated on the revival of institutions of governance to bring in transparency and empower people to scan functioning of the government at all levels. He said 69 important public services have been brought under the Public Services Guarantee Act to make administration legally bound to provide these services in a fixed time frame.

Omar said the constitution of the State Information Commission, State Accountability Commission, State Vigilance Commission and landmark legislations of Right to Information Act and Public Service Guarantee Act have brought the government under full public scan.

"We have given ample powers to a common man to question government for its all actions and omissions, seek time-bound delivery of services and be participant in the process of development," he added and underlined this as basics of good governance.

In his Monday Awami Mulakat here, the chief minister said panchayats are emerging as vibrant and effective institutions. Powers from 14 departments have been transferred to these institutions, he said, adding that R231 crore have been made available for devolution by panchayats and 4,000 panchayat adalats have also been constituted.

The chief minister said about 600 bridges are under construction in the state at a cost of about R1,200 crore.

Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for announcing additional R710 crore for land compensation under PMGSY, Omar Abdullah said this would help in execution of 907 schemes with 5,389 km in Phases I-VII and 670 schemes with 2,695 km in Phase I-VIII under the Prime Minister's Grameen Sadak Yojana.

He said his government has also taken up the matter of central funding for three major tunnels across Singhpora-Vailoo, Lolab-Bandipora and Chattapani-Zaznar on Mughal Road for all weather connectivity with the union government.

The chief minister said the state government has also made a proposal of funding by the Centre for 102 road schemes involving an expenditure of about R932 crore in militancy-hit areas and construction of five flyovers on National Highway at Sanat Nagar and Bemina in Srinagar, Kali Bari in Kathua, Greater Kailash in Jammu and at Samba. "We have also taken up the issue of extension of rail link to Kupwara, Poonch and Rajouri and development of green field airports at Kishtwar, Rajouri and Surankote with the Centre," he said.

As many as 40 deputations from various areas of the state, over a dozen associations representing different trade and welfare organisations and scores of individuals met the chief minister to acquaint him about their grievances and demands.

The chief minister gave on-the-spot directions for redressal of various issues of urgent public importance brought to his notice by different deputations and referred many to the departments concerned for prompt action.