Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said that he was keen to see people actively participating in the process of development and questioning the government about its achievements.
During an Awami-Darbar in Srinagar, Abdullah said that empowerment of general public was imperative for good governance and bringing transparency in administrative functioning.
"I am keen to see people actively participating in the process of development and asking questions to the government about financial transactions, allotment of works, physical achievements and outcome of spending on ground. To achieve this goal we have enacted legislations, strengthened the institutions and made administration answerable before common people," Abdullah said.
The CM stated that he has turned his focus to shift the authority from apex to the grass root level, stressing that empowerment of Panchayats, Enactment of Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) and constitution of State Right to Information Commission under RTI Act were 'historic initiatives' taken in this regard by the coalition government.
Talking to a group of Sarpanches from Rajouri at his Awami Mulakat, the chief minister said that powerful Panchayat Raj was an effective tool to involve grass root public representatives in decision making and funds spending from Halqa Panchayat to district levels.
He said his government has transferred services from various public service departments to these basic democratic institutions and has allotted Rs. 41 crore to undertake smaller development works.
Abdullah said public liaison through Awami Mulakats, interaction meetings with civil society, registration and addressing the public grievances in the Grievance Cell and people’s contact programmes have been introduced to strengthen public rapport and address the problems of people.
"I want public to be empowered enough to demand service delivery in a time bound manner," he said. Abdullah said that the initiative of third party independent monitoring, e-tendering and e-procurement introduced by his government in various departments and implementation of RTI has helped to create transparency in the functioning of government departments.
A government spokesman claimed that over 50 deputations and scores of individuals met the chief minister at his Awami Mulakat.