Chandigarh: The toothless boards and commissions set-up by the state government are seemingly burning a hole in state’s coffer. Surprisingly, these boards and commissions are being handled by lower staff members as the concerned chairpersons and members remain busy in ‘virtually’ political assignments outside. Daily Post on Wednesday visited the offices of state boards and commissions and found that most had no chairpersons present there. Interestingly, one office was entirely locked and a few were being handled by a single employee.
During the visit, Daily Post also found that offices of the chairman of traders board, vice chairman, trader board and chairman of small traders board were locked and no one was available there to adhere the grievances. Similarly, at the office of the Dalit Vikas Board, a fourth class employee was present to attend the public. However, in other offices like Punjab Muslim Welfare and Development Board, Punjab State Pravasi Board and Punjab State Backward Classes Commission superintendent and clerk level staff was available.
Going a step further at pointing towards apathy on the part of the state government, the Muslim Welfare Board, which was set up in 2010, has enquired just 11 complaints related to Muslim communities till date. The functioning of such similar bodies is not far different with any record maintained since months. Speaking to Daily Post, Leader of the Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Charanjit Singh Channi lambasted the government’s move to set-up such commissions and boards.
“These boards and commissions are just posing as white elephants. The state government is already facing a fiscal deficit then how it can run these bodies?,” he questioned. He further added that the setting up of boards and commissions is a political stunt to adjust ‘darlings’ of present government and to give them red-bacons. “There is no need to set up lavishing offices for such bodies as the state social welfare department already exists. A huge chunk of public exchequer is being washed out for running these boards and commissions.
No work has been done by Dalit Vikas Board and Pravasi Board,” said Channi, while lambasting the state government. Meanwhile, Ram Charan Yadav, defending his stance over the issue said, “The Pravasi board has been doing a lot of activities for welfare of migrants in the past. It has worked for the rights of nearly 39 lakh migrant population in Punjab.”
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