Government has relaxed the norms of giving No Objection Certificate (NOC) for people living around defence establishments to lessen the problems faced by them, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. He said the revised policy to be issued on leases, setting up communication infrastructure, mutation of properties among others will go a long way to solve many pending issues.
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Addressing a conference of the Indian Defence Estates Service officers here, he said that solving the grievances of ordinary citizen should be the paramount duty of Defence Estates Organisation and opined that modern tools of technology should be used for redressal of public grievances. The Minister stated that most of the public issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of the common people and expressed his appreciation for the efforts made in this direction by the Directorate General of Defence Estates (DGDE) in the last two years.
Referring to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Parrikar called upon the Cantonment Boards to vigorously take up the campaign in a more scientific way. He emphasised that garbage management must be done by introducing various modern technologies. Director General of Defence Estates Jojneshwar Sharma pointed out that Cantonment Boards need to be provided with required funds to carry out the duties entrusted to them.
Defence Estates Organisation is responsible for municipal administration of notified cantonments and management of about 17.57 lakh acres of defence land in the country.