Don’t function from residences: Badal to officers

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday directed all government officers not to function from camp offices at their residences.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 4, 2012 12:16:10 am

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday directed all government officers not to function from camp offices at their residences.

The chief minister has taken a serious note over the growing tendency among senior officers to operate from the camp office at their residences,an official spokesman said. He added,“Badal has strictly warned such officers to shun this undesirable practice and asked them to function from their offices from 9 am to 5 pm,” he added.

While asking the officers to be present in their offices from Tuesday to Thursday to carry out official work besides listening to the grievances of the public,Badal has directed them to keep their field visits and tours on other days.

Meanwhile,the chief minister also directed the revenue department to launch a campaign to effect the partition of joint land holdings in order to resolve land related disputes among family members. Presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of the revenue department,Badal observed that a large number of disputes in villages were arising due to non-partition of joint land holdings.

He further directed the department to gear up for launching a campaign for partition of joint properties and ensure that at least 50 per cent of the joint land holdings are partitioned within one year.

Panj Takhts Yatra Express

The chief minister on Tuesday approved the name of the luxury train connecting all the five Takhts as ‘Panj aTakhts Yatra Express’. The Takhts which will be connected are Sri Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar,Takht Sri Damdama Sahib,Talwandi Sabo,Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib Anandpur Sahib in Punjab,Takht Sri Patna Sahib,Patna in Bihar and Takht Sri Hazur Sahib,Nanded in Maharashtra. The train will be flagged off on December 26.

15,000 rural toilets

The chief minister also approved a pilot project to be executed by the Sulabh International for the construction of 15,000 rural toilets at several places in the state. The toilets,to be constructed at a cost of Rs 27.75 crore,will be coming up in areas such as Adampur block in Doaba,Ajnala in Majha and Sanaur,Lambi blocks in Malwa within a year under the integrated development programme.

Ex-gratia for accidental death

The Punjab government on Tuesday announced that in case of accidental or homicidal death of an employee while discharging his or her duty,the legal heirs will be entitled to a payment of Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia amount. The ex-gratia will not be linked to the basic pay or the group of the employee concerned,an official spokesman said.

Gurdaspur DEO transferred

Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka on Tuesday suspended Gurdaspur District Education Officer Shindo Sahni,District Resource Person Ram Lubhaya,APC (General) Pawan Mahajan and clerk Narinder Kumar Sharma in connection with embezzlement of funds worth Rs 2 crore released for school dresses and furniture. Director (Administration) Manjit Kaur Ghuman,who was posted in the office of DPI (Secondary),was also suspended for negligence in duty.

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