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Working on zero-tolerance policy against corruption: J&K LG in R-Day address

Counting achievements of his around six-month-long dispensations, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Kumar Sinha on the eve of Republic Day celebrations in his address to the people of the Union Territory, expressed that the government is working on a policy of zero-tolerance against corruption.

“We are working on a policy of zero-tolerance against corruption. The continuous action against corrupt people in the last few months shows the commitment of the government against corruption,” Mr Singh said in his address released by the Raj Bhawan.

He said, “tackling corruption is a collective responsibility, so I urge all of you to cooperate with the government in making the administrative system transparent, responsible and accountable to the people.”

He said that to include the public in the campaign against corruption, the Anti Corruption Bureau has recently started an app namely ‘Satark Nagrik’. The offices of Anti-Corruption Bureau are being opened in every corner of the Union Territory to make the bureaucracy corruption-free and keep the system clean, the LG said.

On return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, the Lieutenant Governor said that the government is determined to enable the honourable return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Kashmir Valley.

“As per the instructions and commitment of the Prime Minister, we are working continuously to provide 6000 houses and 6000 jobs to them,” he expressed.

He further said that to maintain the trust of people in institutions administrative work must be more and more faceless and paperless. For this, the government has simplified rules, abolished many old laws and the poor are being directly benefited through DBT.

On Panchayati Raj institutions, the LG said, “the role of the government in the public welfare programmes has been kept as a facilitator so that people through their public representatives decide development works on priority.”
The government of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Sinha said is providing better technology, latest infrastructure and equipment to Panchayati Raj Institutions so that they work more effectively and bring better results for the welfare of people.

“The achievements of the last few months are a matter of great pride, but much work remains to be done. We are striving for the overall development of every part of Jammu and Kashmir. I am confident that we will face the upcoming challenges on the foundations of good governance and public participation,” he added in his address.
“Apart from this, we will also accelerate the pace of development and ambitious reforms in new areas. With deep faith in the core values of the Constitution and following high ideals and the path of duty, we will be successful in taking Jammu and Kashmir to the new heights of glory,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

Conveying best wishes and congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the LG said, “on this day, the policymakers of the constitution sowed the seeds of justice, freedom, equality, social democracy and prosperity of brotherhood for all people, so that from Kashmir in the north to Kanyakumari in the south, the flag of development and glory of new India keeps flying high. Today on the occasion of Republic Day, every citizen should imbibe truth, non-violence, self-reliance of Mahatma Gandhi and the constitutional ideas of Baba Sahib Ambedkar.”

“We have emerged as the largest, most successful and vibrant democracy in the world by preserving the values of equality of all religions, restraint, sacrifice, discipline, unity in diversity and spirit to serve,” he said adding that the year 2020 has been a year of unprecedented change in Jammu and Kashmir. Through a continuous process of change, the roots of progress have been planted in the new Jammu and Kashmir.

“With the Constitution of India in one hand and the Tricolour in the other, all the people of villages and towns, with dreams of progress in their eyes, have started building a new Jammu and Kashmir to fulfil their ambitions and those of the nation,” he asserted.

“For a long time, the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir were denied grassroots democracy. We have been successful in conducting violence-free, free and fair elections to District Development Councils. The high turnout of voters broke the records of many previous elections.” He said adding, “I especially congratulate the enlightened citizens, all voters, Central Security Forces, Army, Police and Administrative officials for this. We assure all the elected representatives that with your support, the Jammu and Kashmir Administration will bring the fruits of development to the last person standing in the queue.”

“We want to assure all citizens that the political conspiracies and nefarious designs of a neighbouring country will never be allowed to succeed in this land of great persons and warriors. The security agencies have effectively controlled violence and those who are trying to fulfil their political motives with the help of this proxy war, are being given a befitting reply,” said the LG in his address.

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