In a move that is aimed to bring about transparency and curb corruption,the Punjab government has decided that any discretionary grant given by the cabinet ministers,including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,will be processed by the concerned Deputy Commissioners before the funds are transferred electronically into the accounts of the beneficiaries.
Any grant that we (members of the state Cabinet) announce from our discretionary fund during our visits to an area,will be first processed by the concerned Deputy Commissioner. The DC will send a proposal to the concerned minister with the estimates for the release of the grant. The funds will be released to the concerned DC by electronic transfer. The DC office will then electronically transfer the grant to the concerned panchayat,individual or institution, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal told the Indian Express on Tuesday.
The CM also said that he has asked the Gurdaspur Deputy Commissioner to submit a report in the case of Sucha Singh Langah in which he (Badal) had given a grant of Rs 38 lakh to an institution which existed only on paper.
Some time back,the Punjab government had come up with the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) scheme for distribution of money directly to the beneficiarys account. Following it up,the state,in consultation with the RBI,decided that the payments regarding various government schemes will be done by electronic transfer only.
The schemes in the system include Shagun Scheme,Old Age Pension and Bebe Nanki Kanya Scheme. It was felt that beneficiaries were facing problems due to late disbursal of amounts,cheques issued on wrong names or cheques issued after expiry of dates.
Badal said that the delay in the delivery of the receipt of financial assistance defeats the purpose of the entire effort.
Replying to another query on filling the three vacant cabinet berths, Badal said,It will be decided as per the situation.