The Punjab government on Sunday announced to constitute eight metropolitan planning committees for the overall and constant development in urban areas of the state.
These committees have been formed in the districts of SAS Nagar, Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Moga and Pathankot.
MLAs and MPs, presidents of municipalities, and mayors of municipal corporations would be the key members of these committees in their respective areas, local bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lal said here.
The principal secretaries of local government, finance, and housing and urban development or their nominees not below the rank of additional secretary, and chief administrators of respective district development authorities would be ex-officio members of these committees.
These committees would also have nominated members, including five subject-matter specialists in architecture, urban planning, finance, environment, industries and structural engineering, and five senior citizens or representatives of NGOs to be nominated by the state government.
The commissioner of the municipal corporation at the district headquarters concerned shall be the ex-officio member secretary of the committee, while the chairman would be nominated by the state government from among the members of the committee.
The committee can co-opt any subject-matter specialist or any person required to carry out its task for a period not exceeding one year.
Hasten implementation of schemes for weaker sections: minister
The Punjab government has strictly directed all its departments to speedily implement welfare schemes for Scheduled Castes and other weaker sections of society to help beneficiaries at the ground level.
Minister for SC/BC welfare Gulzar Singh Ranike said here on Sunday that the state government was committed to the welfare of SCs and other weaker sections by ensuring the implementation of all welfare schemes.
He said the directions in this regard had already been issued to all principal secretaries, commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioners and other officers concerned, besides instructing them to strictly implement the Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan.
With PTI inputs