Cabinet approves draft Right to Service Bill

Punjab Cabinet on Monday gave its nod for introduction of Right to Service Bill which aims at time-bound delivery of public services to the people in the Assembly.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2011, 16:44 PM IST

Chandigarh: Punjab Cabinet on Monday gave its nod
for introduction of Right to Service Bill which aims at
time-bound delivery of public services to the people in the
Assembly.

A decision to this effect was taken here at a Cabinet
meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh
Badal, an official spokesman said.

He said the legislation would go a long way to weed out
inefficiency at the grass roots level and to ensure
transparency and accountability in the system.

Under Right to Service Act, time bound delivery of 67
citizen-centric services to the public as a matter of right
would be ensured besides a provision for punishing civil
servants in case they failed to comply with the prescribed
timeframe.

The Cabinet also approved the setting up of Guru Kashi
University at Talwandi Sabo, besides a new Directorate of
Education in the department of Rural Development & Panchayats.
A proposal was also cleared for requisite staff to make it
functional.

The Cabinet also approved creation of Dirba in Sangrur
district as a new Development Block comprising 44 village
panchayats, of which 42 have been carved out from Sunam and 2
from Lehragagga.

The new development block would have a total population
of 99,177 and an area of 1,11,821 acres.

With this, the total number of blocks in the state has
gone up to 143.

PTI