Chandigarh, Mar 6 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Wednesday said Punjab government’s decision to restart “Seva Kendras” (service centers) albeit far less in number than original centers clearly demonstrates that the government has finally buckled under public pressure, suggesting a victory of people against anti-people autocratic style of functioning of the present government.
In a statement here, SAD senior vice president and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said the “seva kendras” were set up by the SAD-BJP government to provide time-bound scores of services efficiently and in a transparent manner.
However, the new Congress government abruptly and arbitrarily closed all the “seva kendras” and their employees were given marching orders across the state and the people were denied the facility to obtain various services, said Dr Cheema, adding that efficiency and transparency in administration became the major casualty.
The closure of the ”seva kendras” was motivated for purely petty political considerations with little concern for the distress of public in absence of Kendra’s facility. However, now the government is forced to re-start “seva kendras” under public pressure especially when the Lok Sabha elections are round the corner.
Dr Cheema said the government owe an apology to the people of Punjab for having denied the essential facility for over two years and also identify the culprits responsible for closure of “seva kendras” and action should be taken against them.
“It is shocking that even after having realized that closure of seva kendras was great blunder, the government has re-started only a few kendras”, rued Dr Cheema asking why piece meal corrective steps be taken.
The present government has flip-flopped on number of issues, first it suspended prestigious BRTS project at Amritsar and later on introduced new history books and more recently regularised ad-hoc employees for which the previous SAD-BJP government had enacted a legislation, he said. (UNI)