Right to Services Act, a great step towards Citizen Empowerment

SAD – BJP (Shiromani Akali Dal- Bhartiya Janta Party), the state government of Punjab has been making its sincere efforts to fulfill the motive of Right to Service Act, which was implemented in the year 2011. The state government has always been focused on the agenda to put service beyond duty.

On 19th October, 2011, the state government of Punjab gave its agreement on the RTS Act (Right to Service Act). The primary motive of RTS Act is to make the delivery of government services to the people of Punjab in the easiest and smooth manner. Also, it was enacted to make sure that the services are delivered within specified set of time span to Punjab’s people. The Punjab RTS Act also ensures the proper and better execution of the services.

Following are the steps/procedure that is followed in the Punjab RTS Act, (as stated in the Information Handbook, under the RTS Act)–

  • Commission will arrange meetings after specified intervals of time to take important decisions.
  • The functioning of Commission will be monitored/supervised by the directions of the Chief Commissioner.
  • Any revision or complaint can be considered or decided by the commission from time to time.
  • Though, the final decision making authority lies in the hands of the Chief Commissioner.

Efficiently providing the effective services within the specified time frame, this Punjab Right to Service Act has been proved to be highly beneficial for the promotion of transparency and accountability in the operation of the government departments, which provide the services to the people of Punjab.

To make sure the timely delivery of services and making suggestions to Punjab government, a Punjab Right to Service Commission has been set up. It also ensures the accurate execution of the Punjab Right to Service Act. Apart from being the leading state to implement this Act, 7.21 Crore people have been benefited from the same. As per the official spokesperson’s claim, around 28, 37,866 applicants have taken the advantage of the notified services during the month of February under the mentioned Act. Also, only 14,160 are the pending applications which are to be cleared as soon as possible.

In addition to this, we can say that the implementation of The Punjab Right to Service Act has been successful in gaining the trust of citizens and it has also empowered the people of Punjab in the most efficient manner possible.

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Its time to make the citizens feel safe – ‘Amritsar Speaks’

Rising rates of crime in any state is a sign of destruction and disturbance for the citizens. Punjab has recently seen an increase in the crime rates in different parts of the state because of some unruly elements of the society. The government is trying its best to curb such negative activities and help citizens lead a peaceful life. Amritsar is one of those states that are facing a high rate of increase in the crime scene and therefore various Non-Government Organizations of the city have come together to raise their voices against the same.

Naming their banner as ‘Amritsar Speaks’, they are trying to raise their voice against the crime and spread awareness amidst the citizens to help the government and the authorities in the best possible way to curb the nuisances. An NGO by the name of Mission Aagaaz was also a part of this group and one of their members mentioned that the crime rate has been increasing in the state since last many years and it is the need of the hour to curb the same.

Amidst the discussions, various people were of the view that it is the easy access of money to the youngsters and the issue of drug addiction that is resulting in the increase of these unruly activities. Various anti-social elements are influencing the youth of the state to get into such activities and destroying their future the government is coming up various inspirational campaigns and laws and regulations to inspire the young guns of the society to get back on the right track and stop destroying the decorum of the society.

Along with the government and the authorities, it is also the responsibility of the residents to help them in solving out the cases and provide with the required information. It is the terror of such anti-social groups due to which the residents don’t speak out much and are living in a constant state of fear and terror. Various surveillance plans have been worked out by the government to help in keeping a check on the theft accidents happening around various cities of Punjab. The surveillance department can help in creating a feeling of security amongst the residents and catch the thieves around the area.

Women artists from Amritsar exhibit at Gaiety theatre

10 women artists, hailing from the holy city of Amritsar, are all set to put up an exhibition of their work at Shimla’s historic Gaiety theatre, displaying 50 art works including sculptures and paintings over a span of three days beginning June 13.Working tirelessly and reaching out to people with their art visibility and acclaim, the all-women group consists of women from all ages, with the youngest member of the group being 17 and the oldest one being 47, the creative diversity reflecting in their work is refreshing.

Their last exhibition at Shimla was successful as many of the paintings got sold and over 500 visitors registered every day. This year, they have creating artwork in mix medium, especially for the show.The group indulges in a lot of touring as they realize that not many can walk into galleries and understand art, especially in such small cities where there is lack of knowledge and sensitivity towards art. Therefore, these groups like to move around a lot and bring art to those who will be able to appreciate and celebrate it.

The group brings together women artists with same thought process and commitment towards not just creating art but promoting it as well, boasts of senior artists like Varuna Khanna and Saroj Sharma.According to Gursharan Kaur, 28, young artist from the city and a member of the Women Artist group, this year they have created art that revolves around sensitive but themes and issues, but important nevertheless, like gender-based issues, women empowerment and equality, spirituality, experimenting with different media in their genre.Even though promoters are hard to find, lack of sponsorships has never been an issue with them, as there are six artists in the group, who excel in both painting and sculpture making and there are no other women artist groups in the city.

Flaunting about their group shows in Dharamsala, Jalandhar and Delhi that got a tremendous response, getting the right price for their art is one of the biggest motivators for these women artists to go for art shows outside Amritsar.The expenses of touring do not bother them, as they always knew that they would have to support themselves before getting their work noticed. Focusing on doing the right work, the artists claim that that they have managed to get a bigger audience and potential market for their artwork outside of city.

According to Bharti Malhotra, who is famous for her sculptures and Tanjore paintings, said that last year they had managed to sell some of their works for Rs 25,000 each, which is quite encouraging, given the fact that Amritsar shows always lack buyers.The group comprises Aakarshi Sahni, Bharti Malhotra, Gursharn Kaur, Inderpreet Kaur, Saroj Sharma and Teena Sharma among others.

Bakhtwar launches his second poetic compilations

Known as the promoter of Punjabi culture, folk and one of the most-loved poets of the state, Bakhtwar Singh is lovingly called as Bakhtwar Mian by the literary society and the preservers and lovers of culture of Punjab. With a spiritual touch, he has recently launched his second book consisting of a compilation of his poetry. The book is titled as ‘Jogi Raavi Kinare Rehnda’, it was launched at the Punjab Naatshala.

This poet has a huge fan following, not only in Punjab, but all around the world. It is the kind of ease he has in his poetry that people can relate themselves to the same. Also, his efforts in promoting Punjab around the world are in itself commendable. He has even been giving platforms to various young artists and talented enthusiasts. Yakoob and Nooran Sisters are also one of those who have been selected by Bakhtwar Mian to be given a national-level platform.

The evening of the book launch also included the performances of the immensely talented sufi artists, Yakoob and Nooran Sisters. They performed different versions of the poetry of Bakhtwar, which further became a great attraction and the highlight of the evening for the guests. Bakhtwar is a believer of Sufi, so the 70 poetic verses of this book, which have been inspired by his present as well as the past, are very well put together with a theme of Sufism.

He says that his journey of writing and poetry has changed him in and out. His mystic nature and his love for Sufism has come up with time and his inclination has been increasing manifold since then. He has learnt the art of meditation and with the help of the same he gets closer to his thoughts and inner self but in this process he gets away from his family, friends and everyone around him. His first book with compilations of his poetry was titled as, ‘Paar Chenab De UsdaDera’. The names of both the books tell us very firmly that he tries to keep Punjab a part of his compilations and promote his state, his land. He was given the title, ‘Mian’ by the famous singer Barkat Sidhu, who is an inspiration as well for all his poetic compilations.

He says that the poets and writers should understand that they need to connect with the audience, and that too connect strongly. If they start building the connection of their verse with the audience, people will start picking up Punjabi literature and appreciate the same once again.

Its time for up-gradation of schools

With the passing years, the education has come a long way in the state of Punjab, from what it was to what it is today; there is a lot of improvement in the same. The people of the state also now very well understand the meaning and essence of education in their lives, and hence want their kids to go to school.

To facilitate the same, the chief minister of the state, Parkash Singh Badal has recently agreed to approve the up-gradation of around 372 government high schools to the status of senior secondary schools and 162 government middle schools to the level of high schools. With this announcement, further up-gradation of facilities at the school will also be made to take them up to these levels.

Schools will be upgraded in different states of Punjab. Parminder Singh Dhindsa promised the Finance Minister of the state the upgrade during the budget speech this year. There are around 34 schools in Ludhiana that will be upgraded and on the other hand, Amritsar and Barnala have 25 and 11 schools respectively as a part of this up-gradation plan. 24 schools each in Jalandhar and Patiala will also be upgraded to the next level. Pathankot, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar, Ropar and Muktsar are a few more places amongst others where schools have been chosen to be upgraded.

On the other hand, the colleges have also got their share of up-gradation as a new boys hostel has been recently inaugurated at the Guru Nanak Dev University. Smriti Zubin Irani, the minister of Human Resource Development, inaugurated it digitally. The hostel has been constructed at a cost of around Rs. 3.5 crores under the Rashtriya Ucch Shiksha Abhiyan. During her video conferencing, Smriti Irani also mentioned about the education plans in the state, which focused on the issues of excellence in education in all parts of Punjab and equality as well as access to education in all parts of the state.

The hostel was very much required at the university, as more and more students from different parts of the country are coming for their higher studies to various universities of Punjab, specifically the Guru Nanak Dev University. It will help the university in providing better facilities to students coming from other states for their education. The government should take up such steps of up-gradation and providing better facilities regularly, to offer better education to the students.

Right to Services Act Empowering Citizens

The farsightedness of the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government of Punjab, to create an environment of service beyond duty through the vehicle of good governance, The Punjab Right to Service Act which was implemented in the year of 2011 has been conducive in accomplishing it.

Right to Services Act Empowering Citizens The Punjab Right to Service Act, received the assent of the state government on 19th October, 2011. The act was enacted to provide for the delivery of services of the government department to the people of the Punjab state, within the prescribed time limits and for the matters connected with the same. The Punjab Right to Service Commission looks after the opportune and superior implementation of the services.

The precise procedure followed in the decision making process of The Punjab Right to Service Act , as stated in the Information Handbook, under the Right to Information Act is as follows –

  • All decisions are taken in the meetings of the Commission from time to time.
  • The Commission functions under the general supervision and directions of the Chief Commissioner.
  • The Commission is empowered to consider and decide the Revision/Complaint as may be received by the Commission from time to time.
  • However, the final decision making authority lies in the hands of the Chief Commissioner.

The Punjab Right to Service Act has been successful in providing an effective and efficient frame – work for the time bound delivery of services, which are being provided by the various government departments, with the view to promote and inculcate transparency and accountability in the functioning of those departments. In order to ensure the precise implementation of The Punjab Right to Service Act, Punjab Right to Service Commission has been set up which follows the twin task of making  suggestions to the government of Punjab and ensure the well – timed delivery of the services.

In contrast to being the foremost state in the country to implement The Punjab Right to Service Act, Punjab has been facilitative in the execution of the act. Numbers source that athwart 7.21 crore people in the state of Punjab have availed the various services under The Punjab Right to Service Act ever since its inauguration. An official spokesperson claimed that, as many as 28, 37,866 applicants have availed the notified services during February under the Act, and there are only 14,160 applications which stand pending on the threshold of time line and, with the view to curb the same the concerned departments have been asked to function actively towards clearing the pending applications.

It would not be wrong to claim that, the implementation of The Punjab Right to Service Act has been successfully empowering the citizens of the state and moving farther on its path towards achieving the mission of timely delivery of the services and reposing trust in the citizens.

Bicycle & Tractor Industry a fillip for Punjab Economy

With sizeable grants and compensations from the government the leading brands in the Bicycle and tractor production market have established their primary manufacturing units in the state of Punjab. Hero, Avon and other cycle brands produce and export cycles adding to the economy of the state. Tractor production by Swaraj and Sonalika group has also taken benefits and export their product from Punjab to other states.

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With a GDP of US$ 47 Billion Punjab contributes to the Indian economy in a very decent way. On the international stage Punjab produces 2% of world’s cotton. Agriculture here has at its prime since the green revolution, but that is not all. Punjab has some fast growing industries too. Ludhiana is the state’s industrial hub and houses many industries. There are small scale industries and even large scale industries. Punjab is also the leading state in the Bicycle and tractor Production.

Punjab state produces Bicycle and Bicycle parts in the industrial city of Ludhiana. Industries like the hand tools, sewing machines, machine tools along with Bicycle and bicycle parts are a major sector in the Economy of Punjab. 80% of the bicycle parts produces in India are made here, in Punjab and 15% of all the bicycles are made here too.

Leading Companies like Hero Cycles and Avon Cycles have established their industries in the state and have been providing immense employment statistics and also contributing to the Economy. Hero Cycles is a part of one of countries top ten business houses. Hero cycles have established their main manufacturing unit in Ludhiana. They even plan to expand the plant with US$ 4.4 million.

Avon Cycles is another large bicycle manufacturer based in Ludhiana. The production capacity of Avon is 5,000- 8,000 cycles per day. It is also the largest exporter of bicycles.

It has been estimated that around 50,000 bicycles are manufactures in the City of Ludhiana in a day. A huge chunk of people in the city are there dependent for their livelihood from bicycle manufacturing industry. It has been said to be a 1.12 billion USD industry. The major demand for bicycles comes from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Only 4% of the bicycles produced in Punjab are sold here rest are exported to other states.

It has been easy to set up all the leading industries like the bicycle industry with the efficient plans of the government. Over 4,000 small, medium and large bicycle industries have been set up and all this has been possible with the efficient work force of the Government of Punjab. With the time lines being followed by the officials the factory plan get approved within 30 days and the license for running a factory is granted in 15 days.

The leading tractor manufacturing groups, International Tractors Ltd. and Punjab Tractors Ltd. (Swaraj Enterprises) have been set up in Punjab which gives the tractor manufacturing industry a boost.

The Sonalika group, which is the International Tractors Ltd., produces 37000 tractors per annum. These are further exported to South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Canada and many other nations. 25% of the tractors manufactured in India are from Punjab.