Punjab’s first Sewa Kendra inaugurated, Jalandhar gets lucky

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 14:59 IST
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal after inaugurating a Sewa Kender at Lamba Pind Chowk in Jalandhar on Friday. (HT Photo)

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal inaugurated the state’s first Sewa Kendra in Jalandhar on Friday.

The facility is aimed at giving people clean, efficient, and transparent governance at their doorsteps. Once fully operational, the centres will give 243 citizen-centric services to people to save their time and money. Addressing the gathering during the inauguration of the first centre, the CM said it was “a historic day”.

Badal said he was happy to be associated with a step forward towards governance reforms in the state.

“The centres will help people get routine administrative work done faster,” he said. Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the function, the CM called upon all parties to fight forces trying to disturb peace and communal harmony in the state that has been through the militancy phase.

Replying to a query, the CM said political turncoats and opportunists would not have any impact on the state’s polity. “Only people’s verdict matters in a democracy,” he said. “The shifting of loyalties by political leaders has insignificant effect.” Badal said the 2017 mandate would affirm people’s trust “the development-oriented policies of the Akali-BJP alliance”.

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