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Enacted in 2011, law remains limited to papers
Will Governor resurrect dying PSGA?
7/6/2019 12:23:22 AM
Early Times Report
Jammu, July 5: Amid tall claims of good governance and reining in of the corrupt, the government continues to ignore the much hyped Jammu & Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act (J&K PSGA) that was enacted in the state to ensure common man doesn't suffer in government offices.
Jammu and Kashmir government introduced the Jammu & Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act (J&K PSGA) in the year 2011 amid much fanfare. However, seven years down the line, the act continues to remain limited to papers with its implementation still a distant dream.
There are reports that the departments in which the PSGA was enacted give damn to its directions with peoples' pleas gathering dust and officials exhibiting least concern over it.
The state government enacted JKPSGA 2011 which came into force on August 10, 2011. The act was ought to provide delivery to the people of the state within the stipulated time limit and relate to the matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.
A senior official within the dispensation told Early Times that the services being rendered towards the common masses by the government departments who come under the ambit of the act continue to remain pathetic in nature and the act has been kept confined on papers only. "It is an open secret that unless you aren't affluent or able to grease palms of the officials, your work wouldn't get done in any government office. This is a living reality in Jammu and Kashmir and acts like JKPSGA don't even matter a bit," says the Official. He added that even when the graft related complaints keep spiking with each passing day, the inability of the helmsmen to rein in the corrupt only reflect its seriousness in giving better services to the common masses.
It was informed that even when more than seven years have passed since the enactment of the Act, Designated Offices (DOs) in government departments least bother about maintaining a register in a prescribed form wherein necessary details such as name and address of the applicant, service for which the application is given, last date of the stipulated time limit, application allowed or disallowed and date/ details of the order passed are to be recorded.
There are meanwhile reports coming to fore that a detailed report has been sought by the Governor himself to get first hand appraisal of the reasons due to which the act has been kept in limbo for so long and the common person too isn't getting benefited from it in any way.
It is pertinent to mention here that there have been plethora of measures taken by the present administration to rein in the corrupt and provide hassle free governance to the common masses who have been bearing the brunt of the anarchic system of functioning of the popular regimes of the state.
There are also reports coming to fore that the Jammu & Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act (J&K PSGA) may be implemented in toto in crucial government departments and emphasis will be laid on the fulfillment of its main objective which is to provide quick and hassle free governance to the people.
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