In order to provide efficient and transparent governance to the people at their doorsteps, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today inaugurated the state’s first ‘Sewa Kendra’ where people will be able to avail 243 services under one roof. “This is a step towards ensuring governance reforms in the state. These centres would act as a catalyst to help people in getting their routine administrative works done in a speedy manner,” he said while addressing people during the inauguration of ‘Sewa Kendra’.
“A total of 2,147 Sewa Kendras have been constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore. Of these, 389 are in urban areas and 1,758 in rural areas which will provide more than 243 services to the people,” an official spokesperson said.The kendras will minimise public interaction with various offices and enhance efficiency of the administration and delivery of services to common people.
Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the event, Badal exhorted all political parties to “rise above their vested interests” to defeat the forces trying to disturb peace and communal harmony in the state. “The state government is in constant touch with the Sikhs in Kashmir Valley. The government and SGPC would leave no stone unturned for safeguarding the interests of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir,” the Chief Minister said.
Exuding confidence that the SAD-BJP combine would win the Punjab Assembly polls next year, he said turncoats and opportunists hardly have any impact on the polity of state, and only the verdict of people matters.