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Lokpal to look into complaints against CM, ministers:Amarinder

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The will enact a new Lokpal legislation with the powers to initiate action on complaints against the chief minister, the ministers and the bureaucracy at all levels, told Assembly today.

Chief Minister Amarinder, who was speaking during the ongoing budget session here, said the has also decided to "review and revamp" the Right to Service Commission Act to bring in greater accountability into the system.

"Revamp of the Unified Delivery Centres/Service Centres is also on the cards. While the is also examining a proposal to establish Nayaya Panchayats to ensure easy, quick and affordable justice at grassroots. The has also initiated the process to establish special courts to settle matters concerning NRIs, serving soldiers, drug peddlers, for speedier justice," he said

The Chief Minister also reiterated his commitment to preserving the freedom of press, saying his stands committed against censorship, monopoly and cartelization in various forms of media.

He assured of transparency and a level playing field to all interested parties in channels and cable networks.

Alleging that governance had been a "major casualty" in the previous government, Amarinder said his was phasing out the "pseudo reforms" unleashed by the previous by re-engineering the processes to achieve genuine reforms focused on the welfare of the people, as well as ease and freedom of doing business in

"Revamp of the Unified Delivery Centers/Service Centres with on-line apps will ensure quick and effective delivery of services to the citizens," he said, adding that 70 per cent of the centres established by the previous were "non-functional with unproductive liability of Rs 20 crore per month".

"The previous had spent over Rs 400 crore for building these centres, wherein limited service has yet been delivered," Amarinder said, while promising delivery of services at the "door-steps of each and every household".

The Chief Minister said the Right to Service Commission constituted by the previous with 11 members had decided only 45 review petitions with an expenditure of Rs 11.82 cr during the last five years.

"The existing Right to Service Act will be reviewed and replaced by a new Act, ensuring that the commission is manned by permanent and regular staff with full accountability," he said.

Referring to the "widespread corruption" in the state as a result of the "mis-governance" of the previous government, the Chief Minister said his was re-engineering the processes and empowering the state official machinery to check corruption and ensure greater transparency in governance.

"The has also established a Governance Ethics and Reforms Commission for comprehensive systematic reforms in the state to scrutinise all transactions of above Rs 50 cr," he said.

Recalling the steps taken by his to abolish the VVIP culture in the state, the Chief Minister clarified that there was no move to introduce VIP number plates for officials and said they would only be adding G on the number plate of all vehicles.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 01:28 IST