In a relief to the district transport officials working at a newly constructed automated track in Moga, the authorities have installed air conditioners in their offices and also provided water coolers for people coming to the office.
The development came after the Hindustan Times on Sunday had highlighted that Moga DTO Anita Darshi has shifted her office back to mini-secretariat on account of no air-conditioner in her office at automated driving test centre at Singhawala village, about 9 km from Moga. This move made it difficult for the transport authority to issuance of licences within 30 minutes, as mandated by the government.
However, even after installation of the air conditioners, the DTO has failed to fulfill government’s direction.
In its notification, the state transport department had issued guidelines to all the DTOs that they should shift with staff and equipment related with issuing of licences at automated track office till May 02, 2016, and after that a DTO or an assistant DTO should ensure their presence at the driving track office from 9am to 1.30pm so that people can get their driving licenses within assured time.
Sources in the department said that a day after the news was published, for two-three days people had started getting their driving licenses within 20-30 minutes as DTO had started sitting in the office or giving an authority charge to motor vehicle inspector (MVI) for issuance of licences.
“From last two days, people have again started facing harassment as DTO came late between 11am to 12noon in the office and also stopped giving signature authority resulting into a delay of licences due to which people have to wait for two-three hours to get their licences issued,” they said.
Manjinder Singh, who came from Dharamkot to apply for his permanent licence, said that he waited for three hours to get his licence and ‘‘the government is claiming to issue a driving license within 30 minutes’’.
MVI Gurmeet Singh said that when DTO had given him an authority to sign licences for issuance he had issued licences within 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Darshi was not available for comments despite repeated attempts made by HT correspondent.