A first: Consultative groups to formulate, implement Govt schemes in Punjab

Capt Amarinder Singh vows to take benefits of govt schemes, policies and programmes to every single beneficiary at the grassroots level

  • Punjab Govt to involve elected public representatives in planning, delivery of public services and implementation of its pro-poor initiatives.
  • To set up groups that will review and assess the performance of various programmes/ schemes so far and give their respective recommendations for further improvements.
  • The groups would meet often to ensure that the assigned task is completed within four weeks and reports are submitted to the CM. The reports of the groups would be considered by the Council of Ministers in its meeting in July.

MANISH TIWARI | CHANDIGARH

In what appears to be a sustained campaign to ensure that the benefit of the government schemes, policies and programmes reach every single beneficiary at the grassroots level, the Capt Amarinder Singh Government in Punjab has come up with a novel idea of forming consultative groups for formulation and impactful implementation of its pro-poor initiatives.
The consultative groups, which will be eight in number, have been planned according to the specific field and will be headed by a concerned minister as its chairman, with other ministers concerned and MLAs besides the senior officers of the departments involved as their members, sources told Daily World here on Friday.
They said this will not only ensure to fulfill the commitments made by the state government to the people of Punjab but will also involve the elected public representatives in the planning and delivery of public services.
“During last two years, our government has initiated a number of pro-poor programmes/ schemes in keeping with our commitments to the people of Punjab. These programmes/ schemes have shown substantial results,” they informed.
However, during the recent field tours, it was gathered that participation of elected representatives and communities in formulation and implementation of these programmes/ schemes needs to be more impactful. “It was felt that there is a need to ensure better outreach of these programmes and schemes with greater participation of elected representatives and communities,” they added.
Keeping this in view, it was decided to set up consultative groups on different programmes/ schemes.
According to the available information, the consultative groups will include Farmer and Farm Workers Debt Waiver to be headed by Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (Cooperation Minister) and Gurpreet Singh Kangar (Revenue Minister), Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Welfare Minister), MLAs Amarinder Singh Raja Waring, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Hardev Singh Laddi, Ramanjit Singh Sikki and Harminder Singh Gill as members. The officers on this panel include Kalpana Mittal Baruah (ACS Revenue), Vishwajit Khanna (ACS Development) as convener, Dr Roshan Sunkaria (ACS Social Justice and Empowerment and Anirudh Tiwari (Principal Secretary Finance).
The second panel will be Universal Health Insurance, which will have Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health and Family Welfare Minister as its chairman and Aruna Chaudhary (Social Security Minister), MLAs Dalbir Singh Goldy, Dr Raj Kumar, Dr Dharambir Agnihotri, Lakhvir Singh Lakha, Rajinder Beri and Nirmal Singh as its members. The officers on panel include Satish Chandra (ACS Health and Family Welfare) as its convener, Raji P Srivastava (Principal Secretary Social Security) and Vijay N Zade (Secretary Expenditure).
The Ghar Ghar Rozgar panel, which will implement Capt Amarinder government’s flagship employment scheme, will be headed by Charanjit Singh Channi (Employment Generation and Technical Education Minister), and will include Balbir Singh Sidhu (Labour Minister), Sunder Sham Arora (Industries Minister), MLAs Hardial Singh Kamboj, Sanjeev Talwar, Inderbir Singh Bolaria,
Surjit Singh Dhiman, Gurpreet Singh GP and Angad Singh as its members. The officers on panel include Vini Mahajan (ACS Industries and Commerce), R Venkat Ratnam (Principal Secretary, Labour) and Rahul Tiwari (Secretary, Employment Generation) as its convener.
The Urban Renewal and Reforms – Smart Cities, AMRUT, UEIP, HUDCO panel will be headed by none else than CM Capt Amarinder Singh and include Brahm Mohindra (Local Government Minister), Manpreet Singh Badal (Finance Minister), Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria (Housing and Urban Development Minister), Vijay Inder Singla (Public Works Minister), Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Food and Civil Supplies Minister), MLAs Pargat Singh, Sushil Kumar Rinku, Sunil Dutti, Amit Vij, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Surinder Kumar Dawar, Harjot Kamal Singh, Mayors Karamjit Singh Mintu (Amritsar), Balkar Singh (Ludhiana), Sanjeev Kumar Bittu (Patiala) and Jagdish Raj Raja (Jalandhar) as its members. The officers on panel will be Vini Mahajan (ACS, Housing and Urban Development), A Venu Prasad (Principal Secretary, Local Government) as convener and Hussan Lal (Secretary Public Works).
The Food Security — Smart Ration Cards panel will be headed by Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Food and Supplies Minister), and include Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Rural Development and Panchayats Minister), Aruna Chaudhary (Social Security Minister) and MLAs Madan Lal Jalalpur, Ch Surinder Singh, Barindermeet Singh Pahra, Rajinder Singh, Kulbir Singh, Pritam Singh Kotbhai, Rajnish Kumar Babbi, and officers Dr Roshan Sunkaria (ACS, Social Justice and Empowerment), Raji P Srivastava (Principal Secretary, Social Security), KAP Sinha (Principal Secretary, Food and Supplies) as convenor and Anurag Verma (Financial Commissioner, Rural Development and Panchayats) as its members.
The Rural Development — MGSVY, SVC, MGNREGA, Rural Housing panel will be headed by Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Rural Development and Panchayats and Animal Husbandry Minister), and include Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Welfare Minister), Razia Sultana (Water Supply & Sanitation Minister) and MLAs Kuljit Singh Nagra, Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon, Parminder Singh, Nathu Ram, Balwinder Singh, Darshan Lal, Satkar Kaur and officers Dr Roshan Sunkaria (ACS Social Justice and Empowerment and Forests), Anurag Verma (FC Rural Development and Panchayats) as its convenor, Raj Kamal Chaudhary (Secretary Animal Husbandry) and Vikas Garg (Registrar Cooperative Societies) as its members.
The Mission Tandrust Punjab panel will be chaired by Balbir Singh Sidhu (Health and Family Welfare Minister) and include Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Forest Minister), Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria (Water Resources Minister), Razia Sultana (Water Supply & Sanitation Minister) and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi (Sports Minister). The panel will also have MLAs Arun Dogra, Randeep Singh, Avtar Singh, Tarsem Singh, Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Pawan Kumar Adia, Santokh Singh Bhaliapur and officers Satish Chandra (ACS, Health and Family Welfare), Vishawajit Khanna (ACS Development), Dr Roshan Sunkaria (ACS Forests), Sarvjit Singh (PS, Water Resources), Anurag Verma (FD Rural Development and Panchayats), Rakesh Verma (PS Science Technology and Environment) as its convener, Jaspreet Talwar (Secretary Water Supply & Sanitation), KS Pannu (Mission Director, Tandrust Punjab), Krishan Kumar (Secretary, School Education), VK Meena (Secretary, Higher Education) and SS Marwaha (Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board) as its members.
The panel on Drugs — Comprehensive Action Plan against Drug Abuse will be headed by CM Capt Amarinder Singh and include Balbir Singh Sidhu (Health & Family Welfare Minister), Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Rural Development & Panchyats Minister) and Vijay Inder Singla (Education Minister), MLAs Sukhpal Singh Bhullar, Navtej Singh Cheema, Dr Raj Kumar Verka, Harpartap Singh, Darshan Singh Brar, Devinder Singh Ghubhaya, Joginder Pal, Fatehjang Singh Bajwa, officers NS Kalsi (ACS Home Affairs & Justice) as its convenor, Satish Chandra (ACS Health & Family Welfare), Dinkar Gupta (DGP), Gurpreet Kaur Deo (ADGP, STF), Krishan Kumar (Secretary, School Education) and VK Meena (Secretary, Higher Education) as its members.
These groups, said the officer, would review and assess the performance of the programmes/ schemes so far and give their respective recommendations for further improvements; recommend amendments/ updation of the existing guidelines of the schemes/ programmes to improve their coverage with effective participation of communities/ citizens; and recommend ways and means to improve outreach of these programmes/schemes.
The member secretaries/conveners would apprise the members of the group of the existing guidelines of the programmes/schemes and the performance so far, clearly bringing out inadequacies/bottlenecks in their implementation.
The groups would meet as often as may be required to ensure that the assigned task is completed within four weeks and reports thereon are submitted to the Chief Minister.
The reports of the groups would be considered by the Council of Ministers in its meeting in July.

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