Chandigarh, Feb 14 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday asked the state’s Deputy Commissioners to prioritise the core sectors of education, health, power and water for ensuring quality of life.
Chairing a meeting of all the Deputy Commissioners here, Amarinder Singh directed them to go for extensive monitoring of various development and welfare schemes related to these sectors to ensure strict implementation of such programmes.
He asked the Deputy Commissioners to tighten their belts to push development and welfare projects to fulfil the aspirations of the people in line with the government’s development agenda for the state.
The Chief Minister made it clear that respect for elected representatives is a must in democracy, and asked them to be courteous in their dealings and give due respect to the legislators to ensure overall development.
To ensure smooth delivery of citizen-centric services, the Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners to personally keep close tabs on the functioning of the ‘Sewa Kendras’ in order to curtail the pendency of applications for seeking various citizen services.
Additional Chief Secretary (governance reforms) Vini Mahajan informed the meeting that 515 Sewa Kendras were functioning in the state, with a pendency of 42,261 against 260,4975 applications received from all the districts.
She also pointed out that Sewa Kendra projects under the current service delivery model were self sustainable and that there was no burden on the finance department.
The Chief Minister also asked the Deputy Commissioners to instruct the revenue officials to ensure prompt disposal of revenue matters such as transfer of property, partition, mutation cases etc.
Taking a serious note of the electricity theft in the border areas, especially in Tarn Taran district (71.29 per cent), the Chief Minister said that this led to huge losses to the state exchequer, and must be checked with a heavy hand.
On the issue of drugs, the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the perceptible decrease in the number of drug users and huge seizure of drugs, as well as the arrest of several drug peddlers and smugglers.