89 lakh services provided under RTS
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has provided 89 lakh services to the citizens in a time bound manner under the Right to Service Act 2011,an official spokesman said Thursday. He said till March,state government received 91,19,475 applications,of which 89,27,473 were disposed of within the stipulated time frame. He said 33,053 applications are pending due to the incomplete documents submitted by the applicants. At least 612 appeals were filed before the first appellate authority,out of which 568 were disposed off and five officials penalised.
138 craft instructors regularised
Chandigarh: Punjab has regularised services of 138 of 145 such craft instructors working on contract basis in different industrial education institutes across the state,who have completed three years in service,technical education minister Anil Joshi said,adding the remaining men will be made permanent in June,2013. Joshi will hand over the letters to the regularised craft instructors on May 25 at Guru Nanak Auditorium,Amritsar.
Punjab: First online payment to beneficiaries
Chandigarh: Punjab has become the first state to disburse government payment amounting to Rs 3,218 crore to more than seven lakh beneficiaries through online payment system,Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said Thursday. He said Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) has been monitoring the system of online payments from its inception since April 1,2013. All government payments from April onwards were being deposited directly in the bank accounts of concerned departments and authorities,Dhindsa said,adding e-payment system was implemented in all government offices whose transactions were done through treasury offices,he added.
110.65 lakh tonne wheat procured
Chandigarh: The government agencies and private millers have procured more than 110.65 lakh tonnes of wheat in Punjab. Of total procurement,till late Wednesday,government agencies procured 98.8 of the wheat while private traders procured the remaining 1.2 per cent. The central government agency,FCI,has procured 19.35 lakh tonnes of wheat,which is 17.5 per cent of the total procurement in the state.
Man held for smuggling 10 kg opium
Amritsar: A man,who had served 11 years in jails in Bhiwani,Ambala and Amritsar after four kilograms of opium was recovered from his possession in Panipat,more than a decade-and-a-half back,was nabbed on Thursday for allegedly smuggling 10-kg opium. Police said the seized contraband was worth Rs 8 lakh. Lakhuwal village resident Rajinder Kumar,after his arrest by Amritsar (Rural) police,told interrogators that he was about to call it a day,after selling the current consignment and was planning to lead a normal life. But,luck ran out for him and he was nabbed in his fifth smuggling attempt after his release from the Amritsar jail in 2007,police said.
Panel seeks report on vandalised statue
Bathinda: The Commission for Scheduled Castes on Thursday took suo moto notice of the news item published in newspapers regarding vandalism of the statue of Bhim Rao Ambedkar in Guniana mandi by some unidentified miscreants. The commission has sought a detailed report on the issue from Bathinda deputy commissioner within a month.
Kurukshetra first to have RIS
Chandigarh: Kurukshetra has become the first district in Haryana to introduce the registration information system. This system would soon be available online,said Krishan Mohan,Additional Chief Secretary,Revenue and Disaster Management. This system will not only expedite registration work,but also bring transparency and put a check on corruption. It will also bridge gap between officers and people. Officials concerned will be present in their respective offices from 9 am to 1 pm, Mohan added.
Manesar Maruti violence: PUDR report out
Chandigarh: A Delhi-based civil liberties and democratic rights organisation Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) on Thursday released its report on the Marutis Manesar plant violence that took place on July 18,2012. The organisation alleged that the Haryana Police had not done justice to the people,who suffered because of the violence,and colluded with the management of the automobile giant. The organisation has demanded that an independent body be set up to investigate the case.
CCIs told to set up management panels
Chandigarh: Haryana Women and Child Development Department has directed all child care institutions (CCIs) in the state to set up management and children committees. Sumita Misra,Director General of Women and Child Development Department said,The institutions have been directed to maintain records of the committees monthly meetings and implement their recommendations.
PUNSUP inspector held for wheat fraud
Moga: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau sleuths Thursday arrested an inspector of the Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (PUNSUP) for his alleged involvement in embezzlement of wheat worth Rs 2.33 crore in Baghapurana. The bureau also registered a case against one more PUNSUP official. The Bureau has registered a case against Inspector Daljit Singh and his assistant retired PDC Amarjit Singh under Sections 409 and 120 of IPC after it was found in 2012 that the stock at corporations center at Baghapurana was short by 12,961.65 quintals,police said.