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HindustanTimes Thu,28 Aug 2014

‘Govt to ensure transparency in finances of panchayats’

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  SAS Nagar, June 17, 2014
First Published: 13:00 IST(17/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:01 IST(17/6/2014)

The Punjab government has drawn up a comprehensive programme to ensure transparency in the funding system and audit of past three years of panchayats, said rural development and panchayat minister, Sikandar Singh Maluka, while addressing a press conference in SAS Nagar on Monday.

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Maluka added: “The department has already given final touches to t he proposals of e-panchayats to bring transparency in the functioning of panchayats. The state gover nment has already ordered digital mapping of villages to save the panchayat lands from ille gal encroachment.”

Reinforcing zero tolerance on corruption, the minister said, “Hardworking, diligent and honest offi cials will be rewarded whereas negligent and careless workers will face strict action.”

Maluka assured that there would be no dearth of funds as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was in power. Regarding contaminated pond water, he suggested that this water should be treated and be used for irrigation and in parks and lawns.

Maluka added t hat f unds would also be provided to construct toilets for the poor. “Auction of shamlat land shall be undertaken properly so that it could be leased at market value. Government will also provide one tube well connections for 5 to 10-acre shamlat land.”

The minister also suggested that the Carcass place (Hadda Rodi) should be at block level instead of village level and this scheme would be launched from Rampura Phull.

Purchase of bricks and other materials used for construction would be purchased on market rates.

For people’s convenience, Maluka instructed the district officers to be present on Monday and Wednesday at their respective offices.

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