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Revoke decision to close down sewa kendras: Sukhbir to Captain Amarinder

At a meeting on January 24, the Punjab cabinet had decided to shut down over 1,600 sewa kendras, started by the previous Akali-BJP government in the state.

punjab Updated: Jan 29, 2018 22:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal (HT File)

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday urged Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to revoke the decision on the closure of 1,600 people-centric sewa kendras in the state saying “these centres are meant to stop the harassment of the people in government offices and eliminate the reasons for corruption”.

In a letter to the CM, the former deputy CM said finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal was behind the idea. As a finance minister in the SAD-BJP government too, Manpreet had advocated the abolition of all subsidies, including free power to farmers, old-age and other public welfare schemes. “But the chief minister in our government firmly refused to burden the people of Punjab merely to help the finance minister to earn some brownie points with the arm chair economists. But will you succumb to this pressure is what people want to know?” Sukhbir asked Amarinder in the letter.

Sukhbir said: “The skewed ideas of Punjab FM may lead to closing down virtually every citizen-centric service in the state.”

The services at sewa kendras were meant to protect the constitutional rights of the people, getting their routine works done without harassment and humiliation in government offices.

The sewa kendras were providing over 100 citizen-centric services like death and birth certificates to people.

At a meeting on January 24, the Punjab cabinet had decided to shut down over 1,600 sewa kendras, started by the previous Akali-BJP government in the state.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 22:25 IST