STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Regional discrimination in administration will not be tolerated at any level in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said here on Monday as he vowed to use technology to curb the menace of corruption.“There is zero tolerance for discrimination between Kashmir and Jammu or dividing the union territory on any basis. It will not be tolerated at any level — be it at the level of chief secretary or the LG — as long as I am here,” Sinha told reporters here.He also said the administration will use technology to weed out corruption from government offices.
SRINAGAR: Taking cognizance of the various media reports regarding problems being faced by COVID patients admitted in various facilities, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday held two back to back video conferences with all Deputy Commissioners and Doctors handling the COVID management at the forefront and reviewed the measures being taken for the overall containment of COVID in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Information Department, Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor; HoDs ; Doctors and Medical experts participated in the deliberations.The Lt Governor was briefed by Prof. A. G. Ahangar, Director SKIMS; Dr. Nasib Chand Digra, Principal, Govt. Medical College Jammu and Dr. Samia Rashid, Principal, Govt. Medical College Srinagar about the updated status of patient management, facilities being provided, and the status of requisite medical equipment, medicines, and oxygen supply.Deliberations were also held on various important aspects, including increasing the testing capacity, awareness on COVID-19 SOPs by involving religious leaders, better roster management to ensure availability of experienced doctors round the clock etc, which are imperative for effective management of COVID patients.The Deputy Commissioners along with the Chief Medical Officers briefed the Lt Governor about the measures being taken to ensure adherence of COVID SOPs and perimeter control in areas having a high density of positive cases. The Lt Governor directed the DCs to ensure that the available resources are efficiently utilized within their respective districts. He also asked them to ensure that they deal with the public as well as the frontline workers in a cordial and sympathetic manner. ‘Seek active support of religious leaders and prominent persons to create awareness about COVID SOPs’, he maintained.While appreciating the efforts of Doctors, Civil & Police personnel, paramedics, and all frontline workers, the Lt Governor exhorted upon all concerned to make concerted efforts and leave no stone unturned in their fight against COVID. ‘You are our National Assets’, he remarked.The Lt Governor observed that People have a lot of expectations from all frontline workers, especially Doctors and the situation demands that everyone rises to the occasion to serve in the best possible way. He also assured tertiary hospitals/ medical colleges of full government support to address their concerns in the fight against COVID. ‘There should be no compromise with hygiene inside hospital premises and preemptive measures be taken to ensure the supply of requisite facilities to the patients’, remarked the Lt Governor. With aggressive testing and early care, the mortality rate can be reduced, he concluded.
“Where there is man (manual work), there is corruption. We will be using maximum technology for ensuring transparency in government,” he added.Sinha also assured that justice will be done for the families of the three youths from Rajouri who are believed to have been killed in an alleged fake encounter.“The Army has ordered its own inquiry and the administration is doing its own probe. I want to assure that justice will be done,” he saidThe LG was interacting with the media on the forthcoming launch of ‘Back To Village — Three’ (B2V3) in the union territory for taking the governance to the doorsteps of the common masses.He said the B2V3 will be launched on the Gandhi Jayanti, but a 20-day awareness campaign about the programme was already underway in all the 20 districts of the union territory.Sinha said the previous editions of the Back to Village have been successful endeavours as they found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ and Independence Day speech.“In the first edition, there was enthusiasm among the people and the atmosphere was festive. In the second edition, the aspirations of the people rose and they felt everything would be done through this mode.A lot of work has been done … We have put all the works in the public domain and want people to give us feedback on these works,” he said.He said Rs 10 lakh have been released to each of the over 4,000 panchayats in the union territory for immediate use in the local areas. “The panchayats can decide on what to use these funds.”On the committee formed for studying the business losses, Sinha said they have submitted the report.“A package will be announced soon for Jammu and Kashmir, (the magnitude of) which has never been before,” he said, adding the businesses in the union territory had suffered over the past 15 to 20 yearsSinha said as part of transparent and responsive governance, it has been decided that every Wednesday the district level officers will be conducting public hearings at sub-divisional level.“If there are three sub divisions in a district, the DC and SP will be attending the public hearing at one Sub division while Additional DC and Additional SP will be doing the same in another sub division and likewise. The next week these officers will rotate the sub divisions, he said.This is being done on an experimental basis and if successful, we want to take it to the block level,” he added.
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