Punjab promises to implement Right to Services Act from August 15

Act aims to facilitate prompt delivery of 67 basic services such as ration cards

The Punjab Government has said it will implement the Right to Services Act from August 15 in the State, assuring the residents prompt delivery of 67 basic services.

Presiding over a meeting of Deputy Commissioners and senior officials, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said an ordinance in this regard has been promulgated by the Punjab Governor and that the Punjab Government has decided to notify it from Independence Day this year.

He sought their cooperation to make the “path-breaking and historic Act”, which will facilitate prompt delivery of services like driving licences and ration cards, a great success.

Mr. Badal asked the Deputy Commissioners to set up a special cell at every Suwidha Kendra at the sub-tehsil level to receive complaints regarding non-availability of scheduled services within the stipulated time.

He directed Secretary (Planning) Satish Chandra to synchronise timelines of various Suwidha Kendra services of with the provisions of the Act.

Expressing concern over reported cases of touts operating in Suwidha Kendras, Mr. Badal asked all present to check this menace. He also emphasised the need for more counters in the Kendras due to the increasing footfall. – PTI

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