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Public missing from Patil’s sessions as only six turn up

The public hearing session of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil seems to have lost its sheen.

The public hearing session of UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil seems to have lost its sheen. While the public hearing sessions are not being held regularly since Patil took charge,the number of complainants has also witnessed a decline. From as many as 40 to 50 city residents attending public hearing session in 2010,the number has come down to less than 10.

Patil took over office in January 2010. As per norms,two public hearings should be held every month. While 84 public hearing sessions should have been held till now,only 41 have been held. In fact,some of these have been cancelled due to the lack of applicants.

In 2010,the number of people attending the public hearing sessions went up to 40 or even 50. With the public hearing session becoming erratic and people who came with their grievances not finding redressal,the numbers declined. After the system of scanning of applications by officials was started,the number of people finally being able to meet the administrator has further come down.

In the public hearing session held on Monday,there were just six people who made an appearance. In the session held last month,10 people were called; out of them nine appeared. In April,just four applicants turned up.

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R K Garg,a resident of Sector 27,says he moved applications thrice to meet the administrator and was called twice. “The hearing of grievances has become the discretion of the administrator. We are trying to moot a proposal with the administration that in order to ensure follow-up of the complaints,a system be adopted wherein the instructions of the administrator be sent to the secretaries concerned for action,” said Garg.

P C Sanghi,chairman of Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC),says there is no follow-up done of any of the problems that are discussed. He says,“We have passed a resolution to write to Ministry of Home Affairs that the system of Chief Commissioner be revived in the city.”

Satish Sharma,general secretary of Chandigarh Social Welfare Council,he has taken up the problems of the housing societies in a public hearing session this year,but it resulted in no action.

An official of the administration says the applications are scrutinised to ensure that the grievances that can be settled at the level of officers of the departments concerned should be taken care of. The others are admitted to the public hearing.