Union minister of state for human affairs Kiren Rijiju on Friday expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the city.
During his visit to the city, Rijiju held a meeting with the officials of Chandigarh administration. While reviewing the law and order situation, he asked the administration to lay stress on crime prevention and detection.
In the current financial year, nearly 9 murder cases have been registered, while 21 cases of attempt to murder have been lodged.
Besides, 36 rape, 657 theft and 75 burglary cases have been registered as per the data of the Chandigarh police.
The minister assured the UT administration of Centre’s full cooperation in making Chandigarh a crime-free city.
Rijiju also highlighted the same issue while interacting with local BJP leaders at party office. He stressed on putting the city under the surveillance of CCTV cameras.
“Chandigarh is a planned city and there is a need to put more efforts to ensure that the residents feel safe,” said the minister at local BJP office.
During his meeting with the administration officials, the draft master plan of Chandigarh and the development of the city as a model solar city were discussed.
The minister was apprised that the draft master plan would very shortly be sent to the Centre for approval.
The officials also discussed the utilisation of the annual budget, 2014, and the new schemes and initiatives planned for 2014-2015.
UT adviser KK Sharma urged the minster to give the administration more financial powers.
The officials of the administration further apprised Rijiju of the pending proposals that required approval from the central government such as sanction for creation of new posts, regularisation of certain contractual employees, modernisation of the police force.
Certain issues requiring consideration of ministry of home affairs were also discussed.
The union minister also had a discussion with the local member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher about the issues pertaining to Chandigarh.