UT res­i­dents to also get Right to Ser­vice

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: The Chandi­garh ad­min­is­tra­tion will im­ple­ment the Right to Ser­vice (RTS) in the UT. Shivraj Patil, Pun­jab gov­er­nor-cum-UT ad­min­is­tra­tor, has given his con­sent, source told HT, and now the ad­min­is­tra­tion has to choose be­tween the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion on the mat­ter or adopt the one un­der process at the cen­tral level.

Once im­ple­mented, the RTS would en­force le­gal bind­ing over de­part­ments of the ad­min­is­tra­tion to de­liver ser­vices in a time-bound man­ner. Of­fi­cials would face penalty if the deadlines are not met.

“The scope of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the RTS was dis­cussed in de­tail in a re­cent con­fer­ence of se­nior of­fi­cials of all the de­part­ments of the ad­min­is­tra­tion. And all depart­ment bosses reached a con­sen­sus in favour of such a leg­is­la­tion,” said an of­fi­cial.

A meet­ing of se­nior of­fi­cials has been called on May 31 to dis­cuss the mat­ter in de­tail, sources told HT. IT’S A TOSS-UP

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has yet to de­cide whether to im­ple­ment the law on the pat­tern of the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment or to im­port pro­vi­sions from the Right of Cit­i­zens For Time-Bound De­liv­ery of Goods and Ser­vices and Re­dres­sal of their Griev­ances Bill, 2011. While the gov­ern­ment of Pun­jab had al­ready en­forced the Act in the state in Oc­to­ber last year, the draft of the Griev­ances Bill was re­cently tabled in the Lok Sabha and is in the works.

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