DC Rajouri launches Lok Mitar initiative

DC Rajouri addressing a function.
DC Rajouri addressing a function.

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Excelsior Correspondent
Rajouri, Feb 11: To ensure the better implementation of the Government schemes on ground level and for proper bridging between District Administration and Public, the District Administration Rajouri today came up with a new concept of Lok Mitar- helping hands for public. District Development Commissioner Rajouri Rajesh K Shavan, on Thursday constituted as many as 386 teams consisting of the field functionaries from RDD, ICDS, Forest, Agriculture, Education, IT and Revenue Department and designated them as Lok Mitars at a mega event organised at the district headquarter.
DDC inaugurated the Mela and released a booklet containing all details of Lok Mitars, who have been identified village wise, in presence of all District Officers, Block Development Council Chairpersons and Members of District Development Council. The Lok Mitar booklet contains the district profile along with the contact of nos of officers heading the Essential Services Department, to minimise the gaps.
Rajesh K Shavan, in his address said that the objective of introducing the unique concept of the Lok Mitar in the district is to ensure better dissemination of information at the remotest corner resulting in awareness about Government schemes and bringing transparency in the system in the interest of public.
He said that Lok Mitras shall function as eyes and ears of the District Administration, by establishing a direct contact with the public and they will be available 24/7 for the public.
He further stated that the Lok Mitars are basically the officials already working in the various departments, but have been given responsibility to share the issues of the public with the District Administration, so that they can act as conduit among the administration and public. He said that with the help of Lok Mitars people, who used to travel long distances for getting information, lodging complaints and inquiring about the status of their requests, shall get a sigh of relief & their time as well as Money will be saved. This shall also reduce the response time by the concerned departments and increase their accountability to the public.
DDC while speaking on the occasion made the Lok Mitra aware of their responsibilities like facilitation and support to the public in all matters, keeping primary contact with the beneficiaries and ensuring implementation of all programmes/ schemes up to the grass root level, updating information/feedback on Lokmitra Portal on a daily basis, maintaining coordination with the beneficiaries and various departments to ensure easy access to the services being provided by various departments etc.
It was informed that the Government has launched a number of welfare schemes and programmes for the public, but all these schemes are of no use if the public is not aware of the schemes and the overall development of the District can only be ensured when all the stakeholders shall play their role.He said that, Lokmitras shall work in consultation with the Public Representatives and Members of PRIs and shall ensure the easy access of Government information for the public.
DDC advised the Lok Mitras to keep a close liaison with the PRI members to access the developmental demands of the public and bring in the notice of the District Administration the issues and demands of the public, so that all their genuine grievances can be redressed in a time bound manner and their sufferings could be mitigated.