Governor to hold discussion with CM on pending SVC recommendations

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 8: Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Kuldeep Khoda today called on Governor N. N. Vohra to brief him about fate of the Commis-sion’s recommendations sent  to the various State Government departments in the past three years.
CVC informed the Governor that the State Government has initiated action in respect of certain recommendations which include dispensing with the system of  cheques and making payments by direct transfer to bank accounts of beneficiaries; using GPS to track movement of Kerosene Oil Tankers introduced in Jammu; issuance of single GPF account number to all subscribers irrespective of their postings;  doing away with the system of payments through treasuries; following proper tender system for works to be executed by all departments; using websites for publication of tender documents; adopting known procedure for fixing reserve price for disposal of surplus, obsolete and unserviceable items and issuing gun licenses on-line.
The Governor was further informed that various important recommendations on which action is yet to be taken include conducting open auction for sale of forest produce to prevent under-valuation by fixing reserve price prior to the auction; designating Superintending Engineers (instead of Executive Engineers) in all engineering departments as the Departmental Vigilance Officers in every district; enacting a new  J&K Police Act in the light of the directions passed by the Supreme Court; identification of sensitive points for checking traffic on National Highways for and installation of CCTV cameras on such points as well as in Police Stations; removal of encroachments from the forest lands (only 1039 hectares retrieved out of  12,626 hectares encroached forest land); earmarking one Police Station each at Jammu and Srinagar for dealing with offences related to power thefts; online uploading of photographs/ videography of all works  executed  with  full details; digitization of all  revenue records;  linking of Ration Cards to Aadhar numbers of the  consumers; making available all public utility services online and ensuring  strict  adherence  to  the  Public  Services Guarantee  Act  by  the  Revenue  Department while attesting mutations, issuing PRCs/ Category certificates/ income certificates/ property certificates/ Fard Intikhab/ preparation of relief cases etc.
Governor was concerned to learn about the long pendency and observed that he would early discuss with Chief Minister to see that the State Government takes time-bound action in regard to the SVC’s recommendations which are intended to promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of the governmental system and thus improve the quality of public services being delivered to the common people.
D.C. Raina, Member Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board and Legal Advisor to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board also called on Governor and  discussed certain legal and other matters relating to the efficient management, maintenance and administration of both the pilgrimages.
Masood Ahmad Choudhary, former Vice Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University also called on Governor and discussed issues relating to higher education and some of the significant development issues relating to the Pir Panchal region.
Meanwhile, Dilbagh Singh, Additional Director General of Police (Security) briefed Governor about security management in the State.
The Governor stressed the importance of a close surveillance being kept on all fronts.
Brig (Retd.) M. M. Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super-Specialty Hospital (SMVDNSSH) and Sunil Narayana, Zonal Director Narayana Health also briefed Governor about the to-date status of all aspects of the Hospital’s functioning, particularly the progressive increase in the number of outdoor and indoor patients, number of diagnostic tests conducted, number of major surgeries performed etc since the Hospital commenced functioning in April 2016. Governor was informed that till date 61 outreach Camps have been held in which 11,009 patients were screened.
Stressing the need to ensure efficient use of the state of the art diagnostic and other infrastructure available in the Hospital the Governor and the two senior executives discussed the opening of OPD Clinic at Jammu, PET Scan facility and commencement of Robotic Surgery in the Hospital.