Ludhiana: In most of the cases, Municipal Corporation Ludhiana (MCL) is rendering delayed services due to the acute shortage of staff. As such, MCL is failing in acting according to the true spirit of the Punjab Right to Services (PRTS) Act. It is mentioned here that the PRTS Act has empowered people to seek services in a hassle free, corruption free, transparent and time-bound manner through different service delivery mechanism. It ensures that people take maximum advantage of time bound service delivery system.
At the time of introducing the Act it was hoped that services will be delivered within the prescribed time limits and without any hassle, thus, enhancing credibility of the government functioning. Enquiries conducted by Daily Post reveal that the spirit of the Act is not being followed by MCL. Acute staff shortage is stated to be the reason for the same. At present, MCL has short of about 157 posts of clerks, 75 posts of inspectors, 13 posts of superintendents and 2 other posts. In view of the present scenario, the workload on the concerned employees is getting increased with every passing day. The state government, however, is not taking steps to fill these vacant posts. The corporation employees on condition of anonymity told that many of them have o work on more than one seats, resulting to which they were working under a heavy burden. They told that the routine working was getting affected due to the shortage of employees.
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