Patil cold shoulders residents; no public hearing in 7 months

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 02, 2014 15:58 IST

UT administrator Shivraj Patil continues to cold shoulder the issues pertaining to city residents as he has not held a single public hearing session in last seven months.

It was on January 6 when Patil heard the grievances of public last time.

As per practice, public hearing sessions are held on every first and third Monday of the month. Monday’s session was cancelled due to holiday in Punjab on the occasion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Parkash Utsav. The previous sessions were cancelled due to the busy schedule of the administrator. As many as 43 residents are listed to appear before Patil with their grievances.

The complaints are routed through the department of information technology which sends the complaints to the departments concerned for comments.

In the past two years, the effectiveness of public hearing sessions has been under question for delay or no action on the complaints of the residents who appear before the administrator for redressal of their grievances.

All the complaints are disposed of on the spot after giving assurance but in majority of cases the authorities concerned fail to take appropriate action.

Federation of Sector Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said, “The residents have lost faith in public hearings as the administration has done little to address their grievances. Cancelling these sessions will further undermine the credibility of these sessions.”

Hall remains close
The hall where Patil meets the general public at the UT Secretariat, Sector 9, has not been opened since January 6. The hall has been sealed for security reasons.

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