In another major citizen centric initiative aimed at offering the government services at doorsteps of people, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Tuesday launched ‘Aap Di Sarkar, Aap De Dwaar’ scheme which stipulates holding of camps at village/ mohalla level to benefit the people.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister described it as a ‘red letter day’ in the history of the state as people will no longer, have to rush to government offices for their routine administrative works. Rather, he said that the government officers will come at the doorsteps of the people and offer services to them thereby immensely benefitting them. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this is the real empowerment of people where government will wholeheartedly work for the well being of the masses.
The Chief Minister envisioned that Punjab will once again lead the country as this citizen centric initiative will be replicated in various other states in the coming times. He said that the state Government had in December 2023 started a flagship scheme regarding doorstep delivery of major Government services by starting delivery of 43 important services to Citizens. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that as per that scheme Citizens can call 1076 number, give appointment as per its own convenience and official visits at doorstep of citizen, apply service and finally delivers certificate to citizen.
The Chief Minister said that now going beyond that the state Government has taken other important initiative ‘Aap ki Sarkar, Aap Ke Dwar’ to reach out to the citizen by organizing Camps across the state. He said that more than 11600 camps will be organized across the state in this month covering rural area and urban area of state adding that four Camps will be organized in every tehsil of the state daily. Bhagwant Singh Mann all types of measures have been taken for public awareness about information about camps like Venue, Date, Time and others adding that the public can view today’s camps and forthcoming camps on the portal too.
The Chief Minister said that in the camp, all important officers like SDM, Tehsildar, District Social Security Officer (DSSO), District Food Supply Officer (DFSO), Station House Officer (SHO), District Welfare Officer (DWO), Kanugo, Patwari, SDO, Xen and others will be available to accept applications and deliver services. Citing an example, he said that if someone wants to get an affidavit attested or any other document attested, Officer will sit in the camp only and he will instantly attest and provide the same to citizens in camp only. Similarly, Bhagwant Singh Mann said that if someone wants Residence certificate for getting admission in college, he/she just needs to bring original documents like Aadhar card, Voter card and others, his/her application shall be applied in camp only, Patwari shall be there for verification and Teshildar/Naib Tehsildar will approve certificate and certificate shall be provided on the spot.
Likewise, the Chief Minister said that 44 major services which the public needs most like Residence Certificate, Caste certificate, Income certificate, Birth/Death certificate, Fard, Labour Registration, Pension, Rural area certificate and others can be applied and delivered in camps. He said that other than that Citizens will be able to give their complaints too in the camps which will be redressed on the spot only. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this first of its kind initiative will go a long way in facilitating the people adding that Deputy Commissioners have been given ample of funds to resolve minor issues on the spot.
The Chief Minister said that these camps will go a long way in making the government more accessible and responsive to the needs of its citizens. Likewise, he said that it will also help in enhancing Transparency and Accountability within governmental operations. More importantly, Bhagwant Singh Mann said that it will provide a direct channel for citizens to voice their concerns, complaints, and suggestions regarding government services or issues.
The Chief Minister said that the previous governments had never bothered to take any such pro-people initiatives due to which masses had to suffer a lot. However, he said that with this initiative a new revolution of public empowerment has been embarked. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that now people won’t have to make rounds in the government offices for getting their works done rather government will now come at their doorsteps.
Taking a jibe over the Punjab Bachao yatra of Akali Dal, the Chief Minister said that the real name of this gimmick of Akali Dal is parivar bachao yatra adding he dared the Akali leaders to explain that after looting the state for 15 years, from whom they are trying to save the state from. He said that Akalis have plundered the state mercilessly besides bruising the psyche of Punjabis emotionally and patronizing several mafias in the state. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that people are well aware of the dubious character of the Akalis and Badal family due to which their theatricals won’t work now.
The Chief Minister said that to impart quality health services to people, the state government has set up Aam Aadmi Clinics in Punjab. He said that around one crore people have so far availed the facilities of free healthcare in these clinics. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this is a new revolution in the healthcare sector adding that efforts are afoot to give a facelift to this sector.
The Chief Minister quipped that a former Finance Minister of state chanted rhetoric of ‘empty state exchequer’ for nine long years thereby jeopardising development of the state. However, he said that after assuming charge of the state government every single penny is being spent on development of state and welfare of its people. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that his government has checked the pilferage in the state exchequer to ensure that every single penny is spent judiciously for well being of people.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab don’t need any NOC of patriotism from anyone especially those in power at centre today. He said that they had rejected the tableaus of the state during Republic Day parade irrespective of the fact 90% sacrifices for freedom struggle were made by Punjabis. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that this step motherly treatment against the state is intolerable as they don’t have any right to reject the tableaus of the state showcasing patriotism and nationalism in the state.
The Chief Minister said that the Modi government is suffering from anti-Punjab syndrome due to which they are hell bent on ruining the state. He said that if the will of BJP led NDA government prevails then they will omit the name of Punjab from the national anthem also. Bhagwant Singh Mann assailed the Union government for meting out step motherly treatment to the state adding that it is unwarranted and undesirable.
The Chief Minister said that the traditional parties are envious of him because he hails from a common family and is working tirelessly to ensure welfare of people. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that these leaders had always believed that they have divine right to rule the state due to which they are not able to digest that a common man is running the state efficiently. He said that these leaders have befooled the people for a long time but now people are not getting swayed by their misleading propaganda.
The Chief Minister said that BJP had murdered the democracy during the elections for Mayor in Chandigarh but the intervention by the Supreme Court of India is the triumph of democracy. He said that the AAP will fight against all sort of high handedness by the BJp and they will not be allowed to undermine the democratic process. Bhagwant Singh Mann said that intervention of Apex court is the victory of the people and democracy.
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