The municipal corporation would now watch out for newspaper stories and items critical of the corporation, and would act on those. Additional commissioner of the corporation Devinder Singh ordered the suvidha center at zone-A on Thursday that complaints that figure in newspapers must be forwarded to the concerned authorities on a daily basis.
Several news articles appear in most of the local dailies that pertain to the corporation and its functioning. Most of these stories are critical in nature, highlighting the shortcomings of the corporation. Most of them are brushed under the carpet or are never noticed by the concerned wings of the corporation.
However, now these articles would not go unnoticed; Singh has taken cognisance of the issue and has directed the officials at the suvidha center to scan prominent newspapers and send the complaints therein be the concerned wing.
"I came across the fact that most of the articles concerning any official or wing of the corporation were going unattended. As a result I have asked the officials that these articles should be scanned so that we can assess the problems within the system," said Singh.
In October last year, while going through official records, corporation commissioner RK Verma had come across a letter written in 1990 by a deputy secretary of the local government department, ordering the corporation to send clippings of news items published in newspapers, along with the remarks of the commissioner, within three days of the date of publication to the headquarters in Chandigarh.