Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today advised all the states and center to adopt Punjab model on e-Governance and administrative reforms to restore dignity of citizens and attract liberal investments.
Addressing a national conference on innovation in governance during "eLets Punjab Summit-2016" today, Badal said corruption is prevalent in every sphere in the country but it could be contained not by making the legislations but implementing IT solutions thereby minimizing the interface between officials and public for fast delivery of citizen centric services.
"Punjab had implemented first of its kind administrative reforms in civil, police and industrial sector which were appreciated at all levels in India and abroad," he added.
The Deputy CM informed the delegates that Punjab had transformed the relationship between officials and stakeholders in provisioning of government services online which resulted into hassle free environment for the public in Suwidha Kendars, Sanjh Kendars, Fard Kendars. "Keeping in view its success we will shortly inaugurate 2174 Sewa Kendars in rural and urban areas to provide 206 services under Right to Service Act at their doorsteps," he said.
He emphasised that the Punjab government was determined to implement unique administrative reforms and IT solutions in each department so that people could get all types of government services online and not have to stand in lines for the same. He said the Punjab Governance Reforms Commission (PGRC) as well as Reforms Department had been asked to get feedback and identify the hurdles facing the people in getting delivery of services besides abolishing age old legislations.
The Deputy CM elaborated the distinction between reality and propaganda launched by opposition regarding drugs, fiscal and governance position of the state. Making picture clearer regarding revenue receipts, Badal said that 5 year rule of previous congress government yielded only Rs. 36,000 crore whereas during 2007-12, this figure was Rs. 68,757 crore which rose to Rs. 99,741 crore during 2012 untill now.
Regarding power sector, Badal said that Punjab has become only power surplus state due to persistent efforts of present regime. In 2011, power board stood at lowly 17th rank whereas in 2015 it was conferred ‘best power utility’ award. He said state had spent Rs 30,000 crore to achieve power surplus status by adding 6,100 MW in power generation.
Speaking on the occasion chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal said that the State Government is implementing unique administrative reforms to provide hassle free services to the people. Reiterating commitment of the State, he asserted that governance in Punjab would be citizen centric and all citizen services would be available online and on mobile applications also.