In his first formal interaction since taking over as the UT adviser, Vijay Dev, spoke freely on a number of issues that impact the life of a city resident. The officer announced the launch of a three-month cleanliness initiative which began from Sector-47 in collaboration with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs). He also spoke his mind on the prohibitory orders around coaching centres issued by the DC and his plans to ensure officers’ accountability. He added that effective governance, accountability of officers, reducing north-south divide and actionable plans for all departments was his focus. Here is his take on various issues:
Ensuring clean Chandigarh
We will remove garbage and malba in the open and vacant spaces as a one-time measure. Plot-wise ownership will be maintained. The departments concerned such as administration, corporation, central govt offices will be informed about the vacant spaces cleaned of garbage . In case the respective departments are not able to keep the area clean in future then they will be fined and officials will face action.
Prohibitory orders and coaching centres
I am open to a discussion on reforming the education system, but not in the favour of tinkering. I am yet to see the prohibitory orders, but these are usually issued for public issues and can be appealed against. He questioned the reporters, “Are coaching centres a real malady here.”
This will cease to exist under under my charge. Residents of all sectors deserve the same quality of life.
When a building is planned, its infrastructure, staff and other issues will also be planned. Timelines for projects have been drawn up. After finalising all the details of the projects they will be put in public domain through different modes.
Regular weekly review meetings will be held. Field visits will be an important part in evaluation. I have zero tolerance to person lazing around.
I am trying to figure out why we are bad at maintenance. One of the reason is that the procedure for sanctioning a maintenance work is as cumbersome as sanctioning a project. The officer-in-charge will be empowered to make basic rectification without getting the budget and projects sanctioned.
Overhauling the estate office
The office needs to be more citizen-friendly. We are studying the procedures adopted by the Chandigarh Housing Board. Procedures like the transfer of property will be eased.
On beggar-free city
A policy is in the works. A rehabilitation scheme to give them jobs will be designed.