Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the state government will come up with a government resolution to implement the ‘zero pendency’ project — first initiated in Pune district in 2009 — across the state. ‘Zero pendency’ is an initiative under which the office concerned clears all pending files in a mission mode.
Fadnavis was the chief guest at the inauguration of the Pune district collectorate’s new building, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 67.30 crore and is a certified green building. “I will soon issue a GR, through the General Administration Department of the state government, to implement the ‘zero pendency’ initiative in all departments across the state. We will conduct training sessions for officials to implement the programme, as well as hold competitions to reward those who achieve ‘zero pendency’ fastest,” said Fadnavis.
District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Minister of State for Social Justice Dilip Kamble, MPs Anil Shirole and Shivajirao Adhalarao-Patil, Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak, Divisional Commissioner Chandrakant Dalvi and District Collector Saurabh Rao were present at the occasion, along with other senior politicians and bureaucrats.
The ‘zero pendency’ initiative was first started by IAS officer Dalvi in 2008 when he was the district collector of Pune. Even after he left office, he continued to implement the model in his subsequent postings as the Land Settlement Commissioner, Co-operative Commissioner and now, as the Divisional Commissioner.
While Fadnavis praised the new district collectorate building, which is environment-friendly and earthquake-resistant, he warned officials that the building won’t protect them from an “internal earthquake, like the one that had shaken the bureaucracy last week when a deputy collector was trapped by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while accepting a bribe.”
“New infrastructure can bring more efficiency to the offices but at the same time, there’s a need to change the work culture at government offices, to make them more people-friendly,” said Fadnavis.
Rao enlisted the unique features of the new building, which has a built-up area of about 2 lakh square feet. He said the building would be very convenient for visitors, as all the branches of the revenue department will be under one roof.
As many as 94 CCTV cameras have been installed in the building, said PWD’s Chief Engineer Pravin Kide. He added that of the 197 trees in the premises before the work started, 170 had been saved.
Singapore firm to help in development work of PMRDA
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the government has roped in Singapore firm Surbana Jurong for the ongoing development work of the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA). The state government will also seek help from Singapore’s Changi Airport International Ltd for development work of the Purandar airport.
“For the BJP government, Pune has always been on top of its mind for development, so projects like Smartcity and Metro have taken roots in Pune. Changi Airport is one of the best in the world… so, we expect the Purandar International airport to be a good one. Keeping this in mind, we are in talks with authorities from Singapore, who will help in the development of Pune,” added Fadnavis.