NEW DELHI, July 31: Advisor to Jammu & Kashmir Governor, K. Vijay Kumar, on a one – day visit to national capital, called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed a wide range of issues related to administration and development projects in the State.
During the 45 minute long meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh expressed satisfaction over some of the laudable decisions taken by the Governor’s regime during the last one month. He was particularly appreciative about the clearance given by the State Administrative Council to the “Ujh Multipurpose” project which had been stalled for several decades and for which a new draft was prepared after the intervention by the Centre.
Dr Jitendra Singh also conveyed his appreciation of the Governor regime’s decision to get the Sarpanches of Panchayats elected directly, thus reversing the earlier misguided decision to have an indirect election of the Sarpanches. He said, direct election of Sarpanches is imperative for strengthening genuine grassroot democracy in the local rural bodies.
Dr Jitendra Singh also made a mention of the Governor’s State Administrative Council deciding to implement the Govt of India’s DoPT decision for abolition of interviews for lower posts and said this was long over- due, since the DoPT had issued orders on 1st of January 2016. He said, this will offer a level-playing field and equal opportunity to the youth of the State from all strata of society.
Advisor Vijay Kumar also discussed with Dr Jitendra Singh various issues related to Health Department.
Dr Jitendra Singh suggested that the transfer policy of doctors needs to be formulated and strictly adhered. He also suggested prioritization of the hospitals, particularly in far-flung areas, where specialist doctors could be posted on priority, instead of allowing over-crowding of doctors in city hospitals, simply on the basis of their access to the higher authorities in the government.
Dr Jitendra Singh was also of the strong view that those of the medicos who seek admission to Medical College on the basis of RBA, LoC, etc reservation, should be bound to serve in the same area for at least 10 years after recruitment. In this regard, he cited the Maharashtra model, where any specialist doctor deciding to leave the State, is expected to pay a heavy monetary compensation for walking out of the bond agreement.
Advisor Vijay Kumar gave the Minister a broad resume of several developmental activities taken up at an increased pace during the last one month. He reiterated the commitment of the Governor’s regime to serve the people of the State with earnestness and sincerity.