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State exchequer is in 'overall' good conditions, CS

chandigarh Updated: Sep 27, 2012 17:21 IST
Sanjeev Bhalla

The state exchequer is in overall good conditions and there is no need to be panic. chief secretary Punjab Rakesh Singh said this while addressing media persons at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

He was here on his maiden visit to Science City, where he inaugurated a 100KW solar power generation plant.

"The crisis, if being noticed by anybody, is temporary only as we are going through transition phase. Certain effective measures have been initiated by the state government and very soon results would be before people of state," he said.
"To bring transparency, we have contemplated to introduce electronic fund transfer in every financial transaction of the government. Presently, it is also under development and as babus are not well versed with the technology there are some sorts of delays and we are trying to put it on route by the end of March 2013," he said.

"Till then, more than 80 per cent of financial transactions would be computerised. The lead bank of the state, Punjab National Bank has also assured to open branches in almost every village of the state," he said.

When asked about the pending salaries of employees, he said, "the government on its part release funds for employees' salary after the end of every month; but the delay induces due to technicalities of the system. Once the things get automated, the problem will be resolved."

On the extension of age of superannuation for government employees CS revealed, "We had made a makeshift arrangement by introducing this. In no way, we have forfeited the rights of youth; we have also increased the maximum age limit of employment by one year."

He also said that by 2014, the state would be a power surplus state as all the on-going power generation projects would be completed and would begin production.

When asked about the subsidy on the additional LPG cylinders on the tune of Congress ruled states, CS said that government has no such plan for the state, so far.

Speaking on the less interest towards science city among the students of rural area, CS said that "The government has been thinking to induce scientific temperament among these students of Punjab and institutes like Science City could contribute effectively towards it by introducing attractive packages."

"There is however no plan to reduce the ticket rates at Science City as lots of overhead expenses are attached with its functioning," he said.

Chief secretary along with principal secretary science, technology and environment, Karan A Singh and director general Science City Dr. R S Khandpur visited the different galleries of Science City and got apprised with the technology and innovations showcased in the PGSC.

"It was a wonderful experience to be here and I am really impressed with the spirit of staff working selflessly to guide the visitors," he said