Punjab: Urban area residents to get corruption-free and time-bound services, says Urban Development Minister

Housing and Urban Development Minister Aman Arora

The Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is fully committed to provide all the citizen-centric services to the people living in urban areas of the state, with emphasis on transparency and accountability factors. The services would accrue to the people in a corruption-free and time-bound manner. These views were expressed at the PUDA Bhawan on Friday by the Housing and Urban Development Minister Aman Arora, while chairing the first meeting of the department.

Taking stock of the ongoing projects as well those in the pipeline, Arora directed the officers to work diligently with a view to ensure futuristic and planned development.

Divulging more, the minister said that clean, devoid of corrupt practices and an accountable administration would be the hallmark of the Punjab government. Directing the officers to formulate a pro people policy framework, the minister also emphasised that the current projects and the schemes must be completed on time with people getting the services in a time-bound manner.

Assuring that the harassment of the urban area residents in the government offices would be a thing of the past, the minister cautioned that those indulging in corrupt ways and means would not be spared at all. “The action plan of the department must be chalked out keeping in view the strengths and weak areas of the department,” said the minister.

He further added that he would soon meet the people inhabiting the urban areas, besides the resident welfare associations, and listen to their problems. This would pave the way for the formulation of such policies, as would lead towards implementation of the suggestions received at these meetings.

Earlier, the Principal Secretary A.K. Sinha welcomed the minister and apprised him of the steps being taken to ensure smooth and efficient functioning of the department.

Among others present on the occasion included Arshdeep Singh Thind, Chief Administrator, PUDA and Director Town and Amandeep Bansal, Country Planning and Chief Administrator, GMADA.