Jammu, Nov 15: Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta Wednesday visited Panchayat Flora Nagbani, in block Marh, and interacted with the locals and Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) representatives in a public event organised under the Back to Village 5 programme.
An official spokesman in a statement issued here said that speaking to the public, the Chief Secretary highlighted the significance and transparency of online services and encouraged all to look at government works on the Jan Bhagidari portal.
He said that paper applications and documentation are discouraged these days and the Prabhari officer must educate the public about the government’s online services.
Mehta said that all government works are reflected online public disclosure is the new norm.
He underlined that public participation is encouraged by the current system and the public can view the status of the works without any need for usernames or passwords.
The Chief Secretary also informed that 55 officers have been fined for not providing services on time.
He asked the public about their experience and knowledge of online services and the Jan Bhagidari portal.
Mehta underlined the significance of time-bound disposals and asked about the status of government welfare activities and delivery of schemes such as KCC, old age pension, functioning of schools etc. He laid great importance on self-employment and swacchata.
District Development Council (DDC) Chairman, Bharat Bhushan said that the three-tier system established in January 2021 has brought positive change and given power to the PRI representatives.
He called for rationalisation of funds and allocations for Jammu district panchayats.
The DDC Chairman said that B2V is helping the government improve upon the implementation of schemes through public participation and the role of the visiting officers is crucial.
He encouraged the public representatives to raise genuine and effective demands only.
Sarpanch Vandana Kumari apprised the Chief Secretary of the local development activities and the issues faced by the panchayat.
Mehta also interacted with a few members of the public, listened to their grievances and passed necessary directions for redressal.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar; DC Jammu, Sachin Kumar Vaishya; SSP Jammu, Dr Vinod Kumar; and DDC member, Surinder Kumar were also present on the occasion.