Punjab to enjoy on-line instead of in-line for government services within one year
To enhance the involvement of the community in regular policing activity, Sukhbir Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, today dedicated newly built 108 Saanjh Kendras, in one go, to the people of Punjab to institutionalize the partnership between police and public, at state level function held at Nehru Sidhant Kendra, Ludhiana.
The police reforms are expected to involve the community for its improved service delivery and containment of crime. The aim has been to shift the emphasis from an enforcement perspective targeting community as potential criminals to crime prevention with community participation.
Earlier, S.K.Sharma, ADGP, Human Resource Development highlighted the working of the Saanjh Kendras for providing all services under one roof at district and sub-division level. The ambitious Project named Saanjh was launched in the state in 2011, which extended the concept of Community Policing Centre to the Sub division and police station to maintain dignity and restore the trust of police, among the people . On this project, Rs.27.86 crore were spent in 2010-11, 1.29 crore in 2011-12, Rs.4.30 crore in 2012-13 and Rs.8.50 crore in 2013-14.
He further said, The idea behind this project is to provide dignified services by understanding the responsibility by the police and The Saanjh Kendras have been completed in a record time of seven months under the guidance, consistency and patronage of Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal.
Speaking on the occasion, Sukhbir Singh Badal said, The idea behind the introduction of Saanjh Kendra, a self-finance project, is to provide the services to the people while sitting at home. In all, with the inauguration of108 Saanjh Kendras today, the total number has gone to 254 such Saanjh Kendras in the state and so far 25 lakh people have availed the services.
He further said, the idea of Sannajh Kendra was also appreciated on the last visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to India and shortly a Pakistan team is visiting India to study this project for introducing in their own country. Even the Centre government is also studying to introduce in whole of the country.
Badal said, in coming one year, no Punjabi will have to go to government office for any office work and will enjoy on-line instead of standing in-line.
He informed that the at present, 3085 police persons were working in the Saanjh Kendras and have been given special training in soft skills. Besides this, public has also been given due representation and committees have been formed at all Saanjh Kendras in which 1277 public persons were members, he added.
Badal said that the SAD-BJP government in year 2013-14 budget had earmarked Rs. 15.50 crore for setting up of these 108 Saanjh Kendras and now the state have 254 Saanjh Kendras (93 at Sub-Divisional Level and 161 at Police Station level).
He revealed that through Saanjh Kendras, public has been provided delivery of 27 police related services out of which 22 are under the Right to Service Act, 2011. Till date, over 25 lakh applications for various services have been received at Saanjh Kendras, out of which, over 99.63% have been delivered within the prescribed time limit.
He specifically pointed out that where there is interaction, there is corruption and when the entire work will be online, there will be no corruption. Presently 147 services are being provided under Right to Service Act and the efforts are going on start e-service and e-stamping by bringing everything on internet.
About the Lok Pal, he said, there is no need to introduce Lok Pal for eradication of corruption but to overhaul the system.