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June, 2008




The two-hour long Public Hearing Session, as per schedule, held by Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM at UT Secretariat, here today, proved a boon to many individuals and organizations with common goals, as many of them found solutions to their genuine problems on the spot, others got time bound assurances and a few others benefited, with proper counseling, for removal of their grievances. Mrs. Jean Rodrigues, who accompanied the Administrator, joined in guiding the endeavour for sorting out the issues pertaining to women, children, blind and handicapped.

When the residents of Sector 67 met the Administrator reiterating their problem of foul smell emitted by the dirty water in the Nalah passing near the locality, General Rodrigues asked the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation to find an answer to the problem and undertake necessary steps on a war footing on this project of great public interest. He told the officers that such issues, causing inconvenience to the people, must attract the attention of the public servants automatically, with follow up remedial steps, the basic essence of responsive governance.

Many people who came with their representations highlighting their grievances got a spontaneously reply from the Administrator "This is now my problem, leave it to me, you will get an appropriate response". When some people came to the Administrator with their problems for the second time in the Public Hearing Session, he expressed his concern and asked the officers to streamline the functioning of their subordinate offices and evolve a system of accountability in their organizations. He also directed an enquiry in the alleged mal-practices of the Estate office and cooperative societies with a time bound report and necessary action against the erring officials. He mentioned that officials responsible for removal and checking the occurrence of unauthorized structures must work with fairness and objectivity strictly following laid down procedures.

Assuring justice to the members of Industries Association and Warehouse owners, General Rodrigues suggested the need to forge partnerships, in carrying out the development works in the City as per approved concepts and plans. He told them that the future of Chandigarh is in their hands and asked them to participate in the developmental process. He made it clear that the Administration is pursuing development strategies in a holistic manner, to make the City an ideal habitat. He said that the Administration is working with total transparency and openness and every policy is framed on the advice of experts, keeping in view the larger interests of public.

Taking note of the unfinished works on the projects already started, General Rodrigues asked the officers to set up core monitoring teams in their organizations, identify such spots and take corrective measures.

General Rodrigues said that a Plastic Surgery and Burn Unit launched in PGI has given a major relief to the patients of the region and there is a need of taking the rehabilitation of the burn patients after recovery forward. He asked the officers to provide for this facility in the Home for crippled children being launched shortly.

Senior officers who attended the meeting included Adviser to Administrator, Mr. Pradip Mehra, Secretary to Governor, Mr. M.P. Singh, Chairman Chandigarh Housing Board, Mr. Mohanjeet Singh, Finance Secretary, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Mr. S.K. Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. R.K. Rao, and Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Mr. Roshan Sankaria.

No shortage of Petrol/ diesel in Punjab- R.I.Singh Raids ordered to check hoarding by Petrol dealers

Chandigarh, June 2, 2008

Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh, Chief Secretary, Punjab today summoned a meeting of Area Heads of oil companies to check the veracity of reports of shortage of Diesel/Petrol in various part s of the state.

Mr. H.S. Bedi, State Level Coordinator of Oil Industry informed the Chief Secretary that oils companies had supplied 42% more diesel and petrol during this week as compared to last year to maintain sufficient supply of petro products throughout the State. He said that certain petrol pumps in rural belts had gone dry as due to panic buying/hoarding of diesel by users/dealers expecting price rise or fearing shortage of diesel during paddy sowing season starting from June 10. He said that during this week 68, 231 Kilolitres of diesel was supplied this week against 48, 129 kilolitres supplied during the corresponding period of last year registering a growth of 42%. He said that Oil companies were committed to supply diesel for paddy sowing and consumers need note hoard diesel fearing shortage.

The Chief Secretary said that he had already sent a communication to Union Petroleum Secretary requesting him to augment diesel supply during paddy sowing season as it was imperative for the food security of the Nation. He assured that Punjab Government was committed to maintain proper supply of diesel in the rural belt during paddy sowing season and there was no reason to panic.

The Chief Secretary also instructed Mr. R.P.S. Pawar, Principal Secretary Food & Supplies to constitute district level teams with representative of Oil companies and Weight & Measures departments to raid petrol Pumps, to check hoarding by Petrol Dealers. The team would also check the dispensers of Petrol Pumps.

It was informed in the meeting that there was no shortage of LPG, Petrol & Kerosene throughout the state and oils companies were having surplus stock of these products.

Oil companies were represented in the meeting by Mr. H.S. Bedi, State Level Coordinator (Oils industry); Mr. Sumant Kumar, Mr. M.N. Rao of Bharat Petroleum Mr. Amit Mehra, Mr. G.K. Bhardwaj of Hindustan Petroleum; Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Mr. Dinesh Kotwal of Indian Oil Company







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