Punjab health and family welfare minister Surjit Kumar Jyani on Tuesday conducted a surprise check at the office of the director, health services. He remained in the office for about four hours and found 10 officials absent.
After reaching the office at 9:10am, Jyani ordered the closure of the main entrance of the office. After examining the attendance of more than 200 employees in the registers of more than 30 branches, he found 10 officials absent from office without any written communication to the officers concerned. The health department did not disclose names and designations of these officers.
Taking a serious note of the absentees, the minister asked director, health, Dr Karanjit Singh to immediately issue a warning to them, to be placed on their service records.
Finding the working of the health directorate in a shambles, the minister ordered proper upkeep of the infrastructure and streamlining other essential services in the department.
Understanding the gravity of the situation, the minister ordered the installation of a complaint box within 24 hours for the public at the entrance of the director, health, office which would be opened weekly by the minister himself.
While inspecting the branches and randomly checking the files, Jyani found pendency of more than two years of small administrative issues. He has asked the director to ensure the disposal of pending cases within seven days.
He also asked the director to ensure online monitoring of the files, besides ensuring and certifying that no file is pending for more than seven days.