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Amarinder seeks early clearance of ring roads around major Punjab cities from Gadkari
27.06.19 - Team PT
Amarinder seeks early clearance of ring roads around major Punjab cities from Gadkari



New Delhi, June 27: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has sought early clearance of ring roads around the state’s major cities, while urging the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari, to immediately release the third installment of GoI grant of Rs.3.72 crore for Mohali Hitech Metal Cluster and implementation of SFURTI in Wood Inlay Cluster, Hoshiarpur.

The Chief Minister called upon Gadkari here on Thursday afternoon to press for his intervention to clear the state’s pending projects/approvals under his department. He invited the Union Minister to visit Punjab to help revive the MSMEs in the state.
Gadkari assured Captain Amarinder that all Punjab related issues pending with his ministries would be looked into and addressed at the earliest. He also assured of full support and cooperation to the state government in pursuance of their road infrastructure development projects, besides various initiatives in the field of MSMEs.

According to an official spokesperson, Captain Amarinder informed the Union Minister that state government had already conveyed its consent to bear 50% cost of land acquisition for construction of Ring Roads around major cities of Mohali/Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Sangrur and Bathinda, in line with the MORT&H guidelines of Bharatmala "build including Ring Road or Bypass, which was not a part of the Bharatmala shelf of Projects. Such a new project would be taken up for consideration by the Ministry only if the State/Agency is ready to bear at least 50% cost of land acquisition. The Chief Minister said the Ministry had already approved the ring road around Bathinda.

The Chief Minister also sought the Union Ministry’s immediate approval of funds to the tune of Rs. 636.45 lakh for appointment of technical consultant for the ring roads project to work out the alignments needed for the roads.

Captain Amarinder also urged Gadkari to facilitate expeditious clearance of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway project, for which Government of India has already approved a plan for constructing 800 Km of Expressways under Bharatmala Scheme Phase-I. The state government had requested the Ministry time and again for early start of this project but so far even the alignment has not been frozen upon, he lamented.

The Chief Minister also impressed upon the Union Minister the need for immediate declaration of National Highway and approval to four laning of Patiala-Sirhind-Morinda road, which the Union Ministry was pressing for development as a Greenfield project while the state wanted it to be a brownfield project. 

Captain Amarinder requested the Minister to declare Banga-Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi Road as a National Highways project in the current fiscal. He pointed out that this demand has also been raised by the Jathedar of Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib as the road in question was in extremely bad shape. It may be recalled that Gadkari had earlier laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of Banga-Garhshankar-Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi Road.

The Chief Minister also sought expeditious clearance of pending projects, including Patiala-Pehowa-Kurukshetra-Ladwa-Yamunanagar (30.30 KM), Prem Nagar-Morinda-Chamkaur Sahib-Bela-Paniyali road and connecting to NH-344A (31 KM), Khanna-Malerkotala-Raikot-Jagraon junction with NH-703 near Sidwan Bet (120 KM), Nawanshahr-Rahon-Machhiwara-Samrala-Khanna (65 KM), Tarn Taran-Goindwal Sahib-Kapurthala road (50 KM) and Gurdaspur-Mukerian-Talwara-Mubarikpur road (83 KM).

Captain Amarinder impressed upon Union Minister the need to develop Kharar-Banur-Tepla road NH-205A as a four-lane highway, in view of the large Delhi bound interstate commercial traffic from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana passing this road. He also demanded construction of a suitable flyover in Bhawanigarh town to segregate the local traffic from the regular traffic passing through four laned Patiala-Bathinda section of NH-64 having a length of 176 Km. 

The Chief Minister also requested Nitin Gadkari to transfer the work of implementation of two lane projects (Gurdaspur-Dera Baba Nanak-Amritsar-Khemkharan-Arifke road), as well other Bharatmala projects, to the State PWD (B&R) as the department had well-trained competent National Highways Wing headed by a full time Chief Engineer with adequate and qualified staff.

This team had successfully implementing 4-laning of 620 Km of National Highways in the State, of which 550 Km had already been completed in a time-bound manner.

The Chief Minister requested Gadkari to issue necessary directions to concerned officials in NHAI to execute the incomplete structures/stretches, and also take up to repair deficiencies in maintenance without further delay. He said if the incomplete structures/stretches and deficiencies were not attended to immediately, in a time-bound manner, it would be appropriate to initiate action for termination of toll collection on this road.

Captain Amarinder invited Nitin Gadkari to visit Punjab to discuss the development of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in a meaningful and result oriented manner. He emphasized the need to promote agriculture based MSMEs in the state to ameliorate the economic lot of our farmers, who were reeling under a severe agrarian crisis. 

The Chief Minister said that under Micro & Small Enterprises Cluster Development Programme (MSE-CDP) of the GOI, due to increase in cost of setting up of Common Facility Centres, the grant should be increased to Rs. 20 crores per CFC and also the mandatory 10% share of State Govt. may not be insisted upon. Under the Industrial Infrastructure Development Scheme MSE-CDP the condition of one focal point per district may not be insisted upon and States may be allowed to take up the projects on the basis of actual requirements, he added.

The existing District Industries Centers (DIC) building may be provided a grant of Rs.2.00 crores per building for strengthening, up-gradation and construction of new buildings of DICs in the remaining 10 new districts, he added. The Chief Minister demanded that ZED rated units be given benefits, including preferential treatment, in procurement and also exemption from compliance inspections by Pollution Control Boards. 

The Chief Minister also touched upon several other related issues, setting up of technology centres & sub centres under Hub & Spoke Scheme, and Zero Effect Zero Defect Scheme. 
He was accompanied by Punjab PWD Minister, Vijay Inder Singla, MPs, Preneet Kaur, Manish Tiwari and Gurjit Singh Aujla, his Principal Secretary Tejveer Singh and Secretary PWD Hussan Lal.

 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

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KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

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Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

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The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS
NCB, Punjab govt to conduct joint operations for total eradication of drugs menace
27.06.19 - Team PT
NCB, Punjab govt to conduct joint operations for total eradication of drugs menace



The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and the Punjab Government on Wednesday decided to conduct joint operations and share information on drugs by pooling in resources to effectively tackle the menace in the state.

The decision was taken during a meeting between NCB Director General Abhay and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The former had called on the Chief Minister during a visit to Chandigarh, and the two shared their concerns and strategies on the drugs issue.
 
The NCB chief extended full support of the agency in training and capacity building for Punjab Police to effectively carry out investigations of cases under the NDPS. They also discussed joint training of prosecutors and police and judicial officers to achieve higher conviction rates in drugs cases.
 
Lauding the steps taken by the Punjab government to tackle the legacy problem of drugs in the state, Abhay said the state’s fight against narcotics was incomparable. No other state had undertaken the campaign against drugs, which had become deeply rooted in Punjab over a span of a decade, on such a war footing, said the DG.
 
The two discussed ways of formulating a strong and impactful proposal on preventive detention for repeat offenders, which the Chief Minister had mooted earlier in the day during a meeting of the Consultative Group on Drugs, followed by a Video Conference with SPs and DCs.  They also discussed steps to make strong cases for forfeiture of property of drug smugglers.
 
Abhay suggested that the STF set up by the Punjab government to tackle the problem and the CPs/SSPs should focus only on enforcement, with the tasks of de addiction, rehabilitation and awareness creation to be entrusted to the civil administration. The Health Department was ideally suited to be the nodal department for undertaking and coordinating rehabilitation and prevention strategies, with the DCs spearheading the efforts in their respective districts.
 
The Chief Minister made it clear that his government was totally committed to the total elimination of drugs from Punjab. The campaign would be taken forward in Mission Mode, he told the visiting DG.
 
The meeting was also attended by ACS Home NS Kalsi, DGP Dinkar Gupta, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Tejveer Singh and Deputy Director General NCB S. K. Jha.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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FAST TRACK COURTS FOR SPEEDY TRIALS
Amarinder moots preventive detention of repeat drugs offenders
26.06.19 - Team PT
Amarinder moots preventive detention of repeat drugs offenders



Chandigarh, June 26: Escalating his government’s fight against drugs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday mooted preventive detention of repeat offenders in drugs smuggling/trading, amid reports that there were around 200 such criminals identified by the Punjab Police.

The NDPS Act provides for preventive detention of such criminals, the Chief Minister pointed out, while also suggesting Fast Track Courts for speedy trials for NDPS offenders. The Chief Minister said he will take up the matter of operationalising such Fast Track Courts at the earliest with the Chief Justice of the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

Captain Amarinder Singh was holding a Video Conference with DCs and SSPs to review the progress on drug eradication and discuss the future strategy. The Video Conference was preceded by a meeting of the Consultative Group on Drugs: Comprehensive Action Plan against Drugs Abuse, headed by the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister extended his government’s full support to the eight Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) teams assigned to map the border areas of Punjab and coordinate the fight against drugs in the region. NCB Deputy Director General SK Jha informed the meeting that around 25 officers, including himself, had been deputed to Punjab to strengthen coordination with other states, such as J&K and Gujarat, which had emerged as major sources of drugs flow into this state. Jha underlined the need to chase money trails to check drugs trafficking. He also appreciated the state government’s preventive and rehabilitation steps to eradicate the drugs problem.

DGP Dinkar Gupta informed the meeting that the Chief Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister seeking a national drugs policy had evoked positive response from the Centre, with Home Minister Amit Shah directing his officers to ensure better coordination in the matter. The Narcotics Control Bureau has drawn about two dozen officers from other parts of the country and deputed them in Punjab to carry forward the anti-drugs fight in the border State of Punjab, said the DGP.

It was also announced that Punjab would host the next meeting of the Chief Ministers of the neighbouring states for more effective coordination of the drug enforcement efforts across States. 

During the meeting, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s Zero Tolerance policy against colluding government officials, including policemen. Taking cognizance of complaints of collusion of police officers with drug smugglers/traders/peddlers, he directed the DGP to bring out a comprehensive postings/transfers policy to break the nexus between police and drugs criminals. 

Captain Amarinder Singh warned of stringent action against black sheep. Those involved would be liable for dismissal and compulsorily retirement. Criminal cases under u/s 29 of NDPS Act (Abetment) and Prevention of Corruption Act to be registered, wherever involvement and wrongdoing is established, he added.

Toughening his stance on the drugs issue, Captain Amarinder said the drug eradication campaign will now be carried out in Mission Mode, with transfers and postings of DCs/SSPs to depend on performance in ‘Drive Against Drugs’, to be assessed through quarterly reviews.

Sub-divisional DSPs/SHOs will be held accountable for any drug related crimes in their respective areas, with monthly reviews to be conducted by IGPs/DIGs Ranges. Non-performing DSPs/SHOs will be shunted out, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister ordered the CPs and SSPs to identify drug-affected villages/wards for strict enforcement, and to list out know drug smugglers/traders/peddlers. He directed them to undertake thorough investigations to unearth forward and backward linkages, crucial for reaching the source of drugs/big fish.

In his interaction with the officials, the Chief Minister also directed them to conduct regular meetings of District Mission Teams (DMTs) and Sub Divisional Mission Teams (SDMTs) to strengthen training of DAPOs and Senior Buddies and also the awareness campaign on drugs. He directed the DCs and Civil Surgeons to directly supervise de-addiction and rehabilitation programmes, and to associate with Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and other NGOs for more effective execution.

Captain Amarinder Singh underlined the need for intensification of coordination and joint operations with NCB, BSF and other central agencies, to tighten the noose against drug smugglers/big fish. He directed preparation of detention proposals of big Drug smugglers/suppliers u/s 3 of PIT NDPS Act, 1988, and also ordered activation of 181 Punjab Police Helpline to enable citizens to provide Drug tips.

The Chief Minister disclosed that a Rewards Scheme was being finalised by government to incentivize the people to join the fight against drugs. Good performance by government officers as well as the citizens will be suitably rewarded under the scheme, he added.

The meeting was also attended by Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla, MLA Khemkaran Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, MLA Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema, MLA Amritsar Dr. Raj Kumar Verka, MLA Fazilka Devinder Singh Ghubaya, MLA Bhoa Joginder Pal, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Home NS Kalsi, ACS Health and Family Welfare Satish Chandra, DGP Dinkar Gupta, ADGP/STF Gurpreet Kaur Deo, Principal Secretary Higher Education Seema Jain, Secretary Home Kumar Rahul, and Secretary School Krishan Kumar.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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WAR ON DRUGS
Ferozepurians led by DC express solidarity against drug abuse, participate in cycle rally
26.06.19 - Team PT
Ferozepurians led by DC express solidarity against drug abuse, participate in cycle rally



To observe the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Ferozepurians  led by deputy commissioner Chander Gaind took part in the cycle rally. People expressed solidarity against drugs and pledged together to wipe out this menace from the district. 

DC flagged off the Rally at 5.30am which after passing through town hall, Shaheed Udham Singh Chowk, Multani Chowk, Makhu Gate, Bagi Park culminated at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium. 

Leading the event from the front, the deputy commissioner himself participated in the rally and rode a bicycle in the loop. En route to the culmination point, Mr. Gaind stopped at Town Hall and Bagi Park, where he interacted with the people, especially morning walkers. In his interaction with the people, the deputy commissioner solicited support from people in order to wipe out the drug menace completely. 

Ha said that if the people of Punjab can eliminate terrorism then they can also combat Narco-Terrorism, they just need to be united against this abuse. He called upon people to stand together against drugs suppliers, oppose them openly, protest against them and inform the police and special task force against the perpetrators of this act. He ensured people that the suppliers will not be able to withstand the mass opposition. 

Sharing STF headquarters' contact number i.e. 79019-59595, 79019-39393 with the general public, the deputy commissioner exhorted people to complain against smugglers without any fear and ensured them the prompt action will be taken on their inputs.

Further, he appealed people to form Mohalla level committees against drug abuse and work as eye and ears of the district administration and police, adding that he expressed hope that these committees will work as a catalyst against this menace besides sensitizing people to make this war on drugs a mass movement. 

Addressing the children participating in the cycle rally, Gaind motivated them to be aware of this menace. He exhorted students to help people stuck in the drugs and help them get rid of this problem besides treating them as patients. He asked parents instill a behavior in their children against drugs so that they can learn to handle this problem during their primitive days.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:
 

KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

_______________________________________________________________


Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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MAKE OTS MORE PEOPLE-FRIENDLY
Amarinder seeks comprehensive framework to grant more autonomy to local bodies
25.06.19 - Team PT
Amarinder seeks comprehensive framework to grant more autonomy to local bodies



In a bid to make Urban Local Bodies self-sustaining, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered the Director Local Bodies to formulate a comprehensive framework to give them more teeth, while directing the Local Bodies Minister to review the One Time Settlement (OTS) policy on the regularization of unauthorized constructions and building violations.

Chairing the first meeting of the Urban Renewal and Reforms Consultative Group, the Chief Minister underlined the need to ensure seamless coordination among various departments involved in any public project by providing more autonomy to ULBs. He made it clear that paucity of funds would not be allowed to hamper development work.

During the meeting, Amarinder directed immediate steps to further improve the fiscal and administrative component of all Urban Local Bodies to ensure that the government benefits reach the beneficiaries on the ground.

On the OTS, the Chief Minister asked the Local Bodies Minister, Brahm Mohindra, to relook the existing scheme and suggest changes, if any, to make it more people friendly and result oriented. He issued the direction in response to the concerns expressed by the Corporation Mayors,

Sounding a warning over project delays, Amarinder asked the department to issue legal notices to private players lagging behind in completion of all public projects at the earliest. The Chief Minister also emphasized the need to develop an inbuilt mechanism to ensure timely completion and adherence to strict quality control parameters, to ensure optimal utilization of the funds allocated for the projects.

Expressing satisfaction at the progress under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) Scheme, the Chief Minister said he would soon write to the Union Government to bring three more cities of Punjab in its ambit.  He also asked the department to come up with benchmarking of all major cities of Punjab, population-density wise, in comparison with other national cities of matching population, to ensure that a strong case is put before the Centre to allocate adequate funds for their overall development.

During the meeting, Mayor Patiala Corporation requested the Chief Minister to make OTS more effective and relevant to remove the discrepancies in the existing policy by taking all the stakeholders into confidence. Mayor Amritsar Corporation also urged the local bodies authorities to ensure that all components of the OTS policy are complied with to make the buildings safer.

Earlier, CEO Water Resources and Sewerage Board, Ajoy Sharma made a detailed presentation on the various ongoing infrastructural projects in urban areas. Under the Amrut Scheme, which has a total outlay of Rs. 2766.63 Crores, GoI’s share is Rs. 1204.67 Crores, while the rest is being provided by the State Government.

Notably, the dedicated group is one of the nine such specialized teams constituted by the Chief Minister earlier this month to assess and elicit recommendations, if any, to enhance performance delivery of his government’s flagship programmes. Amarinder had taken control of improving the Urban Renewal and Reforms programme as well as the campaign against drugs.

The Chief Minister announced that the meeting of the Group would be held twice a month to ensure regular monitoring and corrective action, where needed.

Apart from MLAs and Mayors of all four corporation towns, the meeting was attended by Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Public Works Department Minister Vijay Inder Singla, Food & Supplies  Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Housing and Urban Development Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, ACS Industries and Commerce Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, and Director Local Bodies Karnesh Sharma.
 

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