Kashmir: ‘Satark Nagrik’ to `AZAN’; J&K launches digital Initiatives to ensure ease of living

Kashmir: ‘Satark Nagrik’ to `AZAN’; J&K launches digital Initiatives to ensure ease of living

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SRINAGAR, JULY 26: Jammu and Kashmir has embarked on a new journey to improve the living conditions of people using information technology and other digital tools.

One such reformative measure is the ‘Budget Estimation and Allocation Monitoring System (BEAMS)’. It empowered the J&K citizens to oversee works being executed in their areas on a real-time basis.

The administration has successfully implemented innovative initiatives in this regard which inter alia included BEAMS, online submission of bills through J&K PaySys, mandatory administrative approvals, technical sanctions and e-tendering, digital payments, GFR, GeM, and related measures which have greatly helped the financial systems in J&K to be at par with any other developing financial system in the country.

Publication of pictorial e-compendiums related to projects completed under Back to Village, District Capex, UT Capex, and JKIDFC broadly reflects the government’s commitment to engage with the citizens.

Similarly, the Mobile Application ‘Satark Nagrik’ and Departmental Vigilance Officers Portal of J&K Anti-Corruption Bureau is one of the comprehensive measures of LG administration for ensuring transparent, accountable, and responsive governance.

An official said that the mobile application is facilitating a seamless flow of information about corruption and enables citizens to submit their grievances with ease and mobility. Any citizen having an android based device can download the application from the play store. A unique ID number is allotted at the time of registration of grievance which later can be used to track the status of the grievance.

Likewise, the Departmental Vigilance Officers (DVO) Portal has been designed to enable an online communication channel with the DVOs of various departments. In certain cases, the complaints are related to ongoing works, current recruitments, payments yet to be made against contracts, etc. By referring these matters to DVOs, violations/ shortcomings can immediately be rectified and loss to the state exchequer is prevented.

Regarding the services under PSGA, Government has passed directions to DCs to ensure all services are made available to the citizens within the stipulated time frame. PSGA timelines of these services are being synchronized with the online portal and any default on providing services within notified timelines is monitored by departments for taking action against the commission of willful derelictions.

Transparency in the maintenance and upkeep of Land records was an area that required urgent intervention. “Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani” (AZAN) is a landmark intervention in this direction. Earlier, there was no mechanism available for citizens to view or monitor the status of their revenue records online. They had to move from pillar-to-post for obtaining even a copy of land records (Jamabandi or Khasra Girdwari).

The opacity in the system encouraged and bred favoritism, red-tapism, and corruption putting citizens at the mercy of the system the scenario warranted an immediate intervention that could usher in transparency and accountability and this yearning gave birth to “Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani” (AZAN).

“Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani” (AZAN): Land Records Information System was launched on October 22, 2021, by Lt Governor Manoj Sinha. Under this system, Public users can now search and view copies of the Scanned data online on CIS Portal- http://landrecords.jk.gov.in/.

As Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has said the initiative will facilitate easy online access to the Land Records System, thereby reducing manipulation of the Land Records and improving the efficiency of Revenue offices substantially.

This initiative is a part of the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP). The Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) was launched for improving online accessibility to the Land Records System and stopping manipulation of the Land Records thereby making the quality of services in Sub Registrar offices/ Tehsils more efficient and transparent.

To further boost transparency in public dealings of the Revenue Department, a mechanism of issuing passbooks to people containing information on all their legal land possessions has been evolved.__Kashmir Monitor

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