Captain Orders Crackdown On Mafias, Drugs and Corruption
Makes Filing Of Charge Sheets Against Corrupt Mandatory Within 3 Days
CM's advice : Interact politely, be courteous and kind to the people
Chandigarh, March 20, 2017 : With a view to bringing in transparent and quality governance in the state, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of stringent directions to the district administrative and police officers to crack down on corruption and ensure strict adherence to rule of law, setting a three-day deadline for filing of charge sheet against the corrupt.
Chairing a meeting of DCs and SPs here, Captain Amarinder asked them to ensure that rules are followed and to work according to statutory procedures. He urged the officers to go digital in order to speed up work and monitor delays,
Directing the officers to take quick and decisive action against the corrupt, he directed them to issue notice and charge-sheet promptly, within a maximum of three days. Asking them to be fair and to hear each party, while following due process, Captain Amarinder directed the officers to monitor the actions of their juniors and, at the same time, report their own actions to their seniors.
Observing that his government had decided, in its first cabinet meeting, to implement various measures to improve the delivery of public services and welfare of the government employees, the chief minister said he expected all district officers to get cracking immediately and ensure expeditious action for the welfare of the people. The impact of these changes, he said, should be visible in their public dealing.
The chief minister ordered a clean work culture to be imbued immediately in the seven main cutting edge officers dealing with the public, namely Sub Registrar, Tehsil, Sub-Division, Transport, Food and Supplies, Police Stations and Power Com. Officers should be present in their offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days, with tours to be announced on website and notice board.
Further, he said, appointment hours should be fixed and appointments should be given on phone or Web, and all applications should be scanned and followed up on computer. Reply should promptly be sent to the applicant on email, SMS or through post, within the RTS Act time limit.
The chief minister further directed that all registrations should be returned the same day, with refusal, if any, to be recorded in writing. All mutations would now have to be decided within seven days, and mutation application with full names and addresses of parties should be forwarded by Sub Registrars (SR) to Fard Kendra the same day.
In a bid to clean up the transport system, he ordered online payment of all transport taxes, with computerized recovery of arrears. All power connection applications should be made online, and pendency should be displayed on website and monitored by DC, the Chief Minister said.
Urging the officers to give the citizens their due respect, the chief minister directed them to ensure good seating, cooling, sufficient space and drinking water. Information boards, pamphlets, kiosks, counters should be provided to the public, along with assistance in filling up forms and applications and response through SMS.
Urging them to interact politely, and to be courteous and kind to the people, Captain Amarinder asked the officers to try and understand the problem of the taxpayer even if they could not immediately resolve it.
MEETING OF DCs AND SSPs-1
CHIEF MINISTER'S OFFICE, PUNJAB
CM ORDERS IMMEDIATE MANPOWER AUDIT TO WITHDRAW COPS FROM SECURITY, NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Chandigarh, March 20-
In a bid to streamline their functioning and promote the welfare of the police in the state, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of directives to the Commission of Police (CPs) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs), asking them to carry out a manpower audit immediately to withdraw police personnel from security and other non-essential duties with a view to putting more police personnel on the streets.
A State Level Review Committee (SLRC) has already been set up under the chairmanship of DGP (Law & Order) to review the security provided by the state police to various protectees. The committee is tasked with the agenda of carrying out a comprehensive security review of the security provided to constitutional/public functionaries, officers as well as private individuals. The committee will submit its report to the state DGP Mr. Suresh Arora with specific recommendations regarding each individual by March 24.
Addressing a meeting of top administrative and police officers here, the chief minister said his government had decided to implement sweeping police reforms, keeping in view the directives of the Supreme Court and the promises made in the Congress poll manifesto.
Captain Amarinder directed the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, CPs and SSPs to immediately carry out an exercise to rationalize the police station boundaries and send their proposal to the Home Department within the next two weeks.
Ordering an immediate end to the Halqa Incharge system, the chief minister said his government had decided to carry out territorial restructuring of police stations and sub-divisions to increase functional/operational efficiency.
He directed the officers to take steps to ensure fixed working hours for police personnel, especially for those working in the Police Stations and Police Posts, pointing out that his government had decided to implement a schedule of fixed duty hours for the police personnel (except in the case of emergency duties), with a view to improving their working conditions and allow them to look after their families. Captain Amarinder said welfare of police personnel was one of his key electoral promises and he was committed to implementing the same at the earliest.
To ensure and restore the `Rule of Law’ in the state, the chief minister said while he believed in giving a free hand to his officers in day-to-day working, at the same time, however, he would expect accountability and results in a time-bound manner. To this end, he made it clear that there would be no interference of any kind in day-to-day administration as well as in the working of police-stations, and core policing functions, such as police investigations, traffic enforcement etc.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Mr. NS Kalsi, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Mr. Satish Chandra, Director General of Police Mr. Suresh Arora, Principal Secretary Health Mrs. Vinnie Mahajan, Principal Secretary Food and Civil Supplies Dr. Roshan Sunkaria, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and Deputy Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mrs. Amrit Gill.