"Our focus has to be on expediting development, ensuring good governance and providing a corruption-free administration," she said while chairing a high-level meeting here to review the progress of development projects in the Jammu region.

She said she was not satisfied with the present pace of delivery as there is still huge gap in decision-taking and implementation on the ground.

People have a lot of expectations from her government and it is the responsibility of the government functionaries to come upto their expectations, Mehbooba said.

"The Ministers shouldn't confine themselves to their constituencies or a particular region, but reach out to the people in every nook and corner of the state to mitigate the sufferings of the people," she said today.

"Similarly, I would like my officers at various levels to reach out to the people and redress their grievances and problems effectively," she said. She also called for judicious use of the existing manpower and their capacity building to ensure better delivery of services.

During the four-hour meeting, the Chief Minister gave a detailed insight into the governance initiatives and good practices which can bring a positive change at the grassroots level.

She made it clear that her priority is the people and not politics or power. “As long as I am here I would spend every day in mitigating the sufferings of the people,” she said and added that she would like her officers to become partners in this enterprise of hope so that the people get to feel the change.

 “All of us shall have to put our act together and make the things move at the desired pace on the development front,” she said and added that adequate resources are available both through the State Plan and through Prime Minister’s Development Programme for development.    

“Only thing is to spend this money effectively and within the set time-frame,” she said and added that in this endeavour she would need the support of the officers at the cutting-edge level.


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