While addressing the gathering at the Republic Day function at Parade Ground in Sector 17 on Sunday, UT Advisor K K Sharma announced that the year 2014 will be dedicated to women empowerment and efforts will be made to promote safety of girl child. A programme for providing laptops to girl students, named e-Sanatak Scheme, health insurance scheme for disadvantaged groups and Haramari Beti scheme would be some of the initiatives taken by the UT Administration this year, he said.
Sharma announced several proposals which are expected to be implemented by the Chandigarh Administration in the year 2014-15. Under the Saraswati Yojna Scheme free coaching will be provided to the economically weaker girl child studying in classes XI and XII in government schools to promote higher education. “Proposal to recognise Capitol Complex as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is now at an advanced stage with Union Ministry of Culture for which a transnational dossier is being prepared,” he informed.
Talking about the other plans and proposals under process, Sharma said that in order to augment the existing medical facilities, a mental health institute in Sector 32 has been proposed, while efforts are underway to start with the construction work of the proposed government college at Manimajra under Rashtriya Uchhatar Scheme (RUSA).
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The new building of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration in Sector 50 will be made functional in the coming year and the Administration will also be taking the construction of a new academic block in PEC, University of Technology, he said.
As the Chandigarh Housing Board has handed over 10,000 flats to the beneficiaries in housing settlements at Dhanas and other sectors, construction of 5,000 more dwelling units under the rehabilitation scheme is going to commence shortly. He also said that e-District and State Service Delivery Gateway projects are under implementation and would enable electronics delivery of 100 public services to the citizens. In the coming year, an intelligent transport system will be implemented along with the public bike-sharing scheme for a pollution-free city.
Sharma said that 10 additional courts have also been sanctioned by Administration with the approval of the Government of India, which will result in expeditious disposal of court cases. UT Administration is also in the process of adopting the self-certification scheme, which would do away with the affidavits and attestation of documents, resulting in considerable time and cost saving for the public.
On the occasion, a cultural event was also organised where students of Ryan International School and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 40 gave dance performances. As many as 34 platoons of Police force, NCC, security guards, Home Guards, Scouts and Guides, Fire services were present, while Education department, CITCO, Forest Department, Mobile Control Room of Police Department, Traffic police, Department of Tourism, Red Cross Society, Fire department and Government Medical Hospitals presented their tableaus.
The Administration awarded commendation certificates to all those who rendered outstanding services in the respective fields. Santosh Kumar, Conservator of Forests, Director (Environment) and Director (S&T) Chandigarh Administration for meritorious services in the Forest department, Dr Soma Rani, District Family Welfare Officer for meritorious service in the Health and Family Welfare Department, among others, were awarded on the occasion.