Govt seeks status of PSGA implementation

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Abid Hussain
Srinagar, April 20: The state government on Wednesday directed all concerned officer to provide status about the implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act by April 25.
The Jammu and Kashmir Public Services Guarantee Act was passed by the State Legislature in 2011 and it provides for the delivery of public services to the people of the State within the specified time limit.
The J&K Public Services Guarantee Rules, 201 1 were notified vide SRO-223 of 201 1 dated 21.07.2011, making its obligatory on the designated officers to provide public services notified under the rules within the specified time limit.
“It has been observed that the monthly progress reports (MPRs) on account of implementation of the (PSGA) 2011 are not being submitted to (GAD) regularly and within the stipulated time i.e, by or before 10th of following month. Consequently, the consolidation and analysis of such reports gets delayed which, in turn, adversely affects monitoring of the implementation of the Act at this level,” Commissioner Secretary to government Gazzanfer Hussain said in an order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Glory.
It is also observed, he said, the MPRs which are received by the GAD are not compiled strictly as per the devised format circulated among all concerned.
“Implementation of PSGA also came up during recent review meeting taken by the Chief Minister on 5 April, who has desired to pass on strict instructions to all concerned for implementation of the Act in letter and spirit,” Hussain said and ordered that all the concerned are also enjoined upon to communicate the current status of State/District Level Nodal Officers for carrying out implementation of the Act and also ensure that the progress report w.e.f. April, 2015 onwards, consolidated at the district level (Department-wise), reaches GAD by or before 25th of April without fail.
According to the act, the issuance of ration cards, surrender certificate/duplicate ration cards, inclusion of new born child in the ration card and transfer/shifting from one Fair Price shop to another have been identified as public services under the PSGA in CAPD Department. The designated officer will be Tehsil Supply Officer in rural areas and Assistant Director CAPD in urban areas. The time specified is 30 days subject to condition that new ration cards will be issued only after Government of India allocates food grains as per population of the State. The First Appellate Authority will be Deputy Director (Food), CAPD and Second Appellate Authority will be Director (Food), CAPD.
In the Power Development Department, the domestic electricity connections with load of 10 KV, 20 KV and 30 KV have been identified as public services and the designate officer are Assistant Engineer (Electrical), the time frame fixed is 30 days, the first appellate authority will be Executive Engineer, and the second appellate authority will be Superintending Engineer.
For 20 KV load Executive Engineer is the designated officer, 35 days is the time frame fixed and Superintending Engineer and Chief Engineer (Electrical) will be first and second appellate authorities. For 30 KV load Superintending Engineer is the designated officer, 40 days the time frame and the Chief Engineer (Electrical) and Development Commissioner Power are the first and second appellate authorities.
For the electric connection domestic all loads above 30 KV, Chief Engineer (Electrical) will be the designated officer, the time frame is 45 days and the first and the second appellate authorities are Development Commissioner, Power, and Divisional Commissioner concerned. Similarly, electric connections commercial, from 5 to 200 KVA/HP have been identified as public services under the Act.
In Public Health Engineering Department, sanction for domestic water and actual domestic water connection supply have been identified as public services. Executive Engineer PHE concerned as designate officer, 15 days and 30 days respectively fixed for providing the service while Superintending Engineer PHE is the first appellate authority and Deputy Commissioner concerned the second appellate authority.
Issuance of State Subject, reserved category certificates, dependent certificates, extract of fard intikhab, extract of Girdawari, extract of aks masavi/latha, extract of jamabandi, attestation of mutation, inheritance mutation, copy of mutation, demarcation of land, extract of tatima shajra, extract of Chulah and chowkidara and income certificate have been identified as public services under the Act. The fixed time frame for fard intikhab, girdawari, aks masavi and jamabandi has been fixed 10 days and the designated officer is Naib Tasildar while the time frame for reserved category certificates is 15 days and for other services 30 days.