New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday conducted surprise checks at various public places, including hospital, police station, railway station and municipal office, to take stock of cleanliness and other problems faced by the people there.
Accompanied by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, Police Commissioner BS Bassi, Singh visited a public toilet at New Delhi railway station to see its cleanliness, the Shivaji Stadium bus stop to inquire about passengers' convenience, frequency of buses and Paharganj police station to get a first-hand knowledge about complaints and cleanliness in lockups.
"I am paying the visits to personally see what is happening in these places and assess the overall situation in the city. I am satisfied with the working of some places while in some places there is a need for improvement of services," Singh told PTI.
The Home Minister said cleanliness in Sulabh toilet in Paharganj was not up to the mark and he has directed the incharge to do the needful for its improvement.
He interacted with passngers at the bus stop and coolies and taxi drivers at railway stations.
During his visit to the Municipal Corporation's city zone office at Asaf Ali Marg, Singh found the Deputy Commissioner absent.
When though the DC arrived later, the Home Minister expressed his displeasure over uncleanliness in the office, employees "lack of interests" in keeping documents in order.
The Home Minister also directed DC Hemendra Kumar to take urgent steps for cleanliness, remove unused articles like computers and improve people's facilities and service.
"Today, I realised why people are unhappy with MCD," Singh later told Jung.
However, Singh expressed his satisfaction over the cleanliness and patients' facilities at Jayprakash Narayan Hospital and told the Medical Superintendent that whatever necessary assistance is required will be provided to further improve the services.
The Home Minster also visited a slum cluster at Mirdad Road and enquired from the residents about the problems and directed accompanying officials, including chief secretary Deepak Supolia, to improve their living conditions.