Soon in rural Punjab: GPS-fitted police vehicles just a call away

While initiating second generation governance reforms,the Punjab government on Monday decided to set up a rapid rural police response system on the pattern of urban areas to reduce police response time to distress calls in rural areas by providing state-of-the-art networking of GPS-fitted and manned vehicles with the district control rooms.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 2:51:59 am

While initiating second generation governance reforms,the Punjab government on Monday decided to set up a rapid rural police response system — on the pattern of urban areas — to reduce police response time to distress calls in rural areas by providing state-of-the-art networking of GPS-fitted and manned vehicles with the district control rooms.

With this,Punjab will become the first state in the country to have a police on call system in rural the areas as well,Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said. Stressing upon the need to clip the security of a privileged few,Sukhbir announced that a robust system like security board will be set up to provide security to the rural population.

While reviewing the working of Saanjh Kendras,Sukhbir said that a community affairs division at the police headquarters in Chandigarh will be strengthened. For this,a dedicated wing for community policing Saanjh Kendras will be set up.

Sukhbir also gave in-principle approval to the setting up of a decentralised police complaint system,where any complaint will be investigated by the police and an action taken report submitted to the citizen committees at the district level. “These committees can refer to action taken report (if not satisfied) to State Complaint Authority. This will provide transparency and make the citizens’ stakeholders in the decision-making process,” he said.

The deputy chief minister,while speaking on the Right to Service Act,said that the government will have to put in place an automatic grievance redressal system for hassle-free implementation of Act. He also called for expediting the process of digitization of 69 services and thereafter delivery time of these services should be reduced.

The government also decided to to set up urban service delivery centres in urban areas by December 31,2013 to provide services like registration of birth and death,issuance of birth and death certificate,new water and sewerage connections and payment of water,sewerage and electricity bills,etc.

Unique card for NRI Punjabis

CHANDIGARH: The state government on Monday decided to launch a NRI card for Punjabis living abroad. Stressing that Punjab has to involve NRIs in the process of development,Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal gave in-principle approval for the card. The card,besides giving identity to the NRIs for official purposes,will assure medical treatment to them and also offer attractive discounts on shopping in Punjab. One can apply for the card by logging on to the NRI department’s website.

‘Improve power supply’

CHANDIGARH: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Monday issued instructions to Powercom to improve power supply to the domestic sector by saying that power cuts beyond schedule should be avoided. While reviewing the power situation in the state,Sukhbir said that Powercom must restrict cuts to the domestic consumers to a minimum and the period for power cuts should be notified before. “It should be ensured that there is no power cut from 8 pm to 8 am to domestic sector,” he added.

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