Chandigarh, Jun 8: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday directed formation of eight consultative groups for assessing and improving the Urban Renewal and Reform programmes besides campaign against drugs.
The groups will focus on accelerating the pace of implementation of his government’s flagship programmes.
They have been mandated to review and assess the performance of the schemes and give their respective recommendations for further improvements. They will also recommend amendments of the existing guidelines of the programmes to improve their coverage with effective participation of the citizens, besides suggesting ways and means to improve outreach of these.
The list of groups released by the Chief Minister’s Office on Friday evening said the Member Secretaries/Convenors would apprise the Members of the Group of the existing guidelines of the programmes/schemes and the performance so far, clearly bringing out inadequacies/bottlenecks in their implementation.
The groups would meet as often as may be required to ensure that the assigned task is completed within four weeks and reports thereon are submitted to the Chief Minister. The Chairman of a Group may co-opt any other Member, if so required, to achieve the objectives of the Group.
The reports of the Groups would be considered by the Council of Ministers in its meeting in July 2019, as per the notification. The Chief Secretary has been asked to issue the necessary orders.
Capt Amarinder said his government had, in the past two years, initiated a number of pro-poor programmes in keeping with its commitments to the people of Punjab. These had shown substantial results, but during recent field tours, it was gathered that participation of elected representatives and communities in formulation and implementation of these needed to be more impactful. It was felt that there was need to ensure better outreach of these schemes with greater participation of elected representatives and communities and hence the committees were being formed.