AJK Ombudsman praised for providing inexpensive justice

Staff Reporter

The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has appreciated the performance of the state ombudsman for dispensing quick justice to the people and protecting their rights.

He stated this while speaking to AJK Ombudsman, Chaudhry Muhammad Nasim Advocate who called on him and presented the report of the performance of his institution for the year 2020 to him here on Wednesday. Secretary Mohtasib Absar Hussain Jarral was also present on the occasion.

The President expressed his hope that the institutions of Ombudsman would continue its efforts to provide relief to the people and further improve the system of governance in the liberated territory through effective implementation of its decision.

The state president said that the basic objective of establishing ombudsman’s institution was to provide relief and justice to the complainants after thorough investigation, and the institution has all the way come up to the expectations of both the government and the people in this regard.

In his annual report for 2020, the ombudsman stated that the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdowns last year had also cast negative impacts on the performance of ombudsman’s secretariat like other institutions, and the receipt of complaints and the compliance with its recommendations remained somewhat slow.

After receipt of 189 complaints at the end of 2020, the total number of under process complaints stood at 441, and in this way all 39 complaints are under process in Registry wing and another 213 complaints in investigation wing.

The report says that 36 complaints related to education department, board of revenue, electricity department, works department.