As part of his government's policy to carry governance to the doorsteps of people living in the far-flung areas of the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday chaired the first-ever cabinet meeting in the remote village of Machil on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir's Kupwara district.
"The holding of the state cabinet meeting in remote areas is aimed at ascertaining the problems confronting people in these areas and taking a first-hand appraisal of development needs. This also provides an opportunity to the cabinet ministers and top brass in the administration to interact with people and have a personal assessment of the problems and requirements in these areas," said an official statement issued here Wednesday evening.
Earlier this year, the state cabinet had met in the remote Tangdhar area, also in the Kashmir Valley.
Besides discussing development issues of Machil and issuing directions on various matters of urgent public need in the area, the chief minister Wednesday held meetings with district officers, visited various pockets, interacted with people, received appraisal of development and talked to Panches, Sarpanches and local representatives. He also addressed a public meeting in Machil village.
"We have conducted Panchayat elections after a period of about 30 years. We have empowered these ground level institutions so that these are able to make decisions and launch public welfare schemes in their areas," Omar Abdullah told the public meeting in the remote village. He also said decks had been cleared to hold the block Panchayat council elections in the state this year.
Omar Abdullah apprised the people about the Public Service Guarantee Act enacted and implemented by his government to make public service delivery time-bound. He told the people that if they did not receive the prescribed service within the prescribed time limit, the erring officials would be fined up to Rs.5000 and a part of that fine would be paid to the affected consumer.