Priority of Govt should be people, not politics or power: Bhalla

JAMMU, OCT 12: Senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla today asked administration to reach out to people and focus on development and good governance. He also called for judicious use of existing manpower and their capacity building to ensure better delivery of services. “Govt’s focus has to be on expediting development, ensuring good governance and providing a hassle-free administration,” former Minister said while addressing a public meeting this afternoon.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said, “Govt lacks insight into governance initiatives and good practices which can bring a positive change at grass-root level. Priority of Govt should be people and not politics or power. It should spend every day in mitigating sufferings of people.” He said that he was not satisfied with present pace of delivery as there is a huge gap in decision-taking and implementation on ground level. “Govt needs to put its act together and make things move at desired pace on development front. Adequate resources are available both through the State Plan and Centre’s Development programme for development. Only thing required is to spend the money effectively and within set time-frame,” he added.
The credibility of PDP-BJP Coalition Government in J&K is at its lowest due to failure on all fronts, JKPCC Vice President, Raman Bhalla said while reacting over surfacing of picture of chairperson of radical women’s outfit ‘Dukhtaran-e-Millat’ Asiya Andrabi on a poster of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign which he termed major embarrassment to coalition Govt, especially BJP which considers itself as the only nationalistic party of the country. The picture of Andrabi next to Mother Teresa alongwith Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti; former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi; Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Tennis player, Sania Mirza; Retired Police Officer, Kiran Bedi; Playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar; legendary Kashmiri poetess, Habba Khatoon and other women achievers in a ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ poster issued by State’s Child Development Project Officer, ICDS Project Breng in Anantnag seems deliberate attempt to disturb peace besides disrespecting other distinguished ladies, he asserted.
While expressing concern over rising incidents of mysterious braid chopping occurrences in valley and few other areas of State, Bhalla urged administration to gear up for the challenge as ‘mere assurances would not help in the matter. “These incidents have created panic among people at a time when harvesting season is in full swing. Administration must gear up itself to book such anti-social elements as people are terrified. People from all walks of life need to share the responsibility in identifying these anti-social elements,” he added.