Local government minister Balkar Singh conducts review meeting on progress of development works : Punjab’s Local Government Minister, Balkar Singh, consistently holds review meetings to monitor the progress of various development projects. During these sessions, conducted meeting in the presence of MLAs and Halkar Incharges with Senior Officers from both the Head Office and the field, there is a strong emphasis on expediting office processes to kickstart new development projects.
In today’s review meeting at Municipal Bhawan, Chandigarh, Minister Balkar Singh gathered detailed information from officers, including allocated and utilized funds for various schemes like Swachh Bharat and AMRUT Mission. He directed officials to promptly complete ongoing development projects. Additionally, he affirmed the commitment of the Punjab Government, led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, to comprehensive and planned state development. To achieve this goal, Cabinet Minister shared detailed information about the works included in the each schemes and the outstanding funds with MLAs and Halka Incharges.
Cabinet Minister also instructed field officials to communicate all information regarding development works to the respective MLAs and Hlaka Incharges, ensuring that projects align with the needs of local residents.
Minister Balkar Singh emphasized the quick initiation of tenders for approved projects by the State Technical Committee to commence work promptly. He stressed a zero-tolerance policy for negligence in development works.
Addressing concerns about funding shortages, the Local Government Minister assured that there is no lack of funds for development works. If Municipal Councils/Nagar Panchayats require additional funds for new projects, proposals along with action plans can be submitted to the head office after discussion with the concerned MLAs. He also urged special attention to be given to utilizing outstanding funds for development works.
He emphasized that Legacy waste must be disposed of scientifically for a cleaner environment. Additionally, there should be door-to-door collection of dry and wet garbage, ensuring separation at the source. The waste should then be sent for processing at MRF and compost pits, allowing for composting after recycling. He also stressed the need for proper cleaning of sewerage in the area.
Minister underscored the importance of quality and transparency in development work, warning officials that anyone involved in corruption would not be spared under any circumstances.
During the meeting, MLAs/Halka Incharges, Amansher singh, Raman Behal, Shamsher Singh, Jagroop Singh Sekhwa, Gurdeep Singh Randhawa, Vibhuti Sharma, Uma Shankar Gupta, Director Local Government, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation (Pathankot and Batala), Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, and Executive Officers from Municipal Councils/Nagar Panchayats of Gurdaspur, Dhariwal, Dinanagar, Dera Baba Nanak, Fatehgarh Churian, Qadian, Sri Hargobindpur, Sujanpur, and Narot Jaimal Singh were present.