Chandigarh:Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore on Tuesday expressed deep concern over the “deterioration in the quality of governance” with increased political interference in administration through Halqa in-charges.
In his address during the first session of 15th Vidhan Sabha, Badnore claimed to be agonized about the “forcible occupation” of government and private businesses, both in transport and mining sectors in the recent past.
He referred to discernible increase in deplorable cases of “be-adbi” of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the law and order issues, while projecting the poor state of affairs in Punjab.
Going by Cabinet decisions of Captain Amarinder Singh’s government, most of which were taken from the Congress manifesto, Governor also said that the state government had been voted to power on the promise of providing punjabis freedom from VVIP culture in the administration, corruption and financial bankruptcy and to restore Rule of Law in State to regain the place of pride it once occupied as one of the fastest growing states in the country.
“Despite political differences, my Government will always solicit active support and cooperation from the opposition members for the achievement of these objectives,” reiterated Badnore.
Stating that the claims of governance reforms were not fully borne out of the plight of the common man, the Governor said the state government shall revisit the Unified Service Delivery Centers, which are observed to be non-starters, to make amends and improve their quality and efficacy, he mentioned.
He pointed out that the state government had decided to establish a new Governance Reforms and Ethics Commission (GREC) in the state comprising experienced professionals.
MPS, MLAs to declare property details
To lend a degree of probity to the conduct of Persons in public life, the state government has decided that all MLAs and MPs would declare the details of their immoveable properties on 1st January every year and for the year 2017- 18, they would do so by 1 July 2017, mentioned the Governor in his address.
The existing Punjab Lokpal Act shall be repealed and in its place, a new more comprehensive legislation, which would be applicable to all persons occupying high public offices including the Chief Minister, Ministers, non-officials and the officials/employees shall be enacted, the Governor asserted.
Ghar Ghar mein Naukri
The Governor said that it would be the government’s endeavor to provide ‘Ghar Ghar Mein Naukri’, a job per household in the State, in a time-bound manner. Employment Bureaus (EBs) shall be established in all districts of the State. These would be manned by qualified professionals and specialists including Employment counsellors.
The Governor further said that a Comprehensive job creation scheme, namely “Shaheed Bhagat Singh Employment Generation scheme” under which schemes like ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’, ‘Harra’ (Green) Tractor Scheme (35 to 50 HP) and Yaari’ Enterprises will create employment for the youth.
Conflict of Interest Act soon
The Governor said that in order to restore and strengthen the regimen of Rule of Law in the State, the state Government has decided to enact NRI Property Safeguards Act – for safeguarding the property of NRIs, Cable Authority Act – No monopolisation or cartelisation would be allowed in cable TV networks and a statewide statutory Cable Authority would be constituted and the Conflict of Interest Act – to ensure that MLAs/Ministers are unseated if found to have business/financial interests that conflict with their official capacity.
Impetus to state’s agriculture
The Governor said that the state Government had decided to set-up a Group of Experts to assess and analyse agriculture debt of farmers and propose ways and means to waive the debt in a time bound manner.
Further, it would enact a new legislation to prohibit Kurki and Sale of farmers’ land by the 17 lending agencies. The government would continue supply of free power to the farmers and will rigorously pursue an Agricultural Sustainability Programme.
Zero tolerance to drugs
A new legislation “The Confiscation of Drug Dealers Property Act” shall be enacted. The State Police would take stringent action against drug dealers/peddlers to ensure that the use of drugs is obliterated from the state forthwith.
He also mentioned about the Special Task Force in the office of the Chief Minister for day-to-day monitoring of the measures taken to check supply and consumption of drugs in the state. The Task Force would prepare and implement a comprehensive programme to eliminate drugs from state.
The state government shall take all possible administrative and legal measures to defend the state’s water rights. It will also formulate some proposals related to canalization and also construct of high speed economic corridors on bunds.
Radical reforms in the education and health sectors, with also a decision to launch a Comprehensive Digital Education Programme in the State to improve access to quality School and Higher Education.
Three academies on the lines of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Academy shall be established in Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions. In addition, two more Sainik Schools (One each in Malwa and Majha) shall be set up. At least one degree college at each sub-division and a National Institute for Promotion and Development of Punjabi Language at Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda.
The Government shall establish referral mohalla clinics for every 1,000 population, both in rural and urban areas. Annual preventive health check-up for those above the age of 55 years would be conducted across the State.
A new Industrial Policy of the State, aimed at reviving the existing Industrial units by resolving their problems besides encouraging Information Technology, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals and other sunrise industries and services to enhance economic growth and employment in the State.
To repay a small debt of gratitude to our soldiers and ex-servicemen, my Government shall establish an ex-servicemen Cell in Chief Minister’s office for immediate direct attention to complaints and welfare of ex-servicemen in the state.
Special Courts to clear the backlog and ensure speedier justice in the cases pertaining to; drug peddling and narcotics, corruption in public life, NRIs and Serving soldiers.
Thirty percent reservation for SCs in allotment of houses, residential plots and commercial plots by state government or any of its agencies.
Free built-up houses (living accommodation) or five Marla plots would be provided to all homeless SC, OBC families with an annual income of less than Rs five lakh.
Reiterates government’s promise to provide Punjabis freedom from VVIP culture in the administration, corruption and financial bankruptcy and to restore Rule of Law
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