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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said that in his few months of being in the office in Jammu and Kashmir he has tried to bridge the trust deficit between the administration and common people.

In an interview with national daily, Manoj Sinha said that he will make the administration accountable and will try to make it responsive so that the grievances of common people are addressed and there is zero tolerance for corruption.

He said that in the past four months, he is convinced that people in J&K have a new belief that common people feel they will be heard well, and they will get justice. We have made many decisions. The DC and SPs have been directed to meet the common man from 10.30 am to 11.30 am on all days, except Wednesdays and Sundays. I am happy that in about 16 districts, about 95 -96 per cent saturation on works such as updation of ration cards with Aadhaar, Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana, pension, etc  has been achieved.

Sinha said that they have institutionalised a ‘grievance redressal mechanism’, the first such anywhere which is synchronised with the Government of India. Complaints made by people with the Centre are immediately directed to us. All these are monitored by DCs, the Chief Secretary and my office through a dashboard.

He made the claim that he has twice talked to Dr. Farooq Abdullah on the phone from his office. When he was asked for an interview has he met the PAGD leadership he said that he was always open to talks with all and has been meeting ex-MLAs and ministers of most parties. I have not met Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah.

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