In a surprise inspection of public dealing in the government offices, Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal caught a tout with 62 application forms for driving licence and registration certificate on Friday at the mini secretariat’s Suvidha Centre here.
The other agents fled, as Kaushal called senior superintendent of police (vigilance) Satinder Singh to the spot and handed over the forms to him with orders for inquiry and a report. Revenue stamps, unavailable at the designated counter, were being black-marketed on the premises.
Visitor Bharat Bhushan Sharma, as evidence, bought two revenue stamps on the spot from illegal vendors; and handing these to the chief secretary, told him: “The window clerk told me to get these from the district court complex, where a tout charged me Rs. 15 each for two 10-rupee stamps.”
The chief secretary directed additional deputy commissioner (development) Isha Kalia and district transport officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg to check the functioning of the suvidha centre on daily basis. He also pulled up Garg over the touts’ having free access to his office. He also asked deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal to monitor the district transport office.
Looking inside the DTO office record room, Kaushal found files piled up haphazardly. He told the DTO to maintain proper racks and install fans for the visitors. Fires and flooding have damaged these records often.
Kaushal went over to the office of civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta and asked him about the state of de-addiction and rehabilitation centres. By the orders of the chief minister, the distribution of drug-deaddiction medicines at all the government hospitals in the state is to be free of cost.
“More than 15 medicines for the treatment of drug addicts are available at the public health centres,” said the chief secretary. He asked the civil surgeon to report the number of psychiatrists and counsellors in the deaddiction centres of the district, besides the history of addicts and the details of rehabilitation.
He also visited the new de-addiction centre at the Community Health Centre (CHC), Sahnewal, and assured the people under treatment a proper rehabilitation as well.