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April 24, 2008



Chandigarh April 24, 2008
Shikha Nehra

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) set up by Government of India in year 2005 to prepare a detailed blueprint to revamp the public administration system today met the Chief Secretary and administrative secretaries of all the important departments of Punjab Government in a meeting held here at Punjab Bhawan. The delegation comprising of its member Mr.V.Ramachandran, Ms.Vineeta Rai, Member Secretary, Mr. A.B.Prasad and Mr.Pradeep Kharola both Joint Secretaries and Mr.Sanjeev Kumar Director was here on a two day visit to the state.

Based on discussions, the Commission would recommend suitable measures to achieve a proactive, responsive, accountable, sustainable and efficient administration for the country at all levels of the government. The important matter on which commission has already submitted its reports to the Government of India covers the right to information, crisis management, ethics in governance, public order, local governance and capacity building for conflict resolution.

Presently the commission was working on framing steps to ensure effective administration at state and district administration, promotion of e-Governance, strengthening of financial management and citizen centric administration. Mr. R.K. Verma, Special Secretary, Information Technology gave a detailed presentation covering suggestions of important government departments of the state for the consideration of the commission.

Mr.V.Ramachandran, Member ARC while addressing the senior Bureaucrats of the state emphasized on having a citizens friendly governance more efficient and dedicated to the public. He expressed his pleasure over the successfully handled sectors of health, social welfare and education by the PRIs in the rural areas of the state.

Speaking on the occasion the Chief Secretary Punjab, Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh said that the state government was already taking steps to ensure effective administration at the state level. He also said that the administrative machinery was also being strengthened to maintain public order conducive to social harmony and economic development.


Chandigarh, April 24, 2008

Punjab today tied up the loose ends with private Hydel power plant developers to ensure supply of assured 250 MW power supply to Punjab grid from northern grid from June 2009 onward.

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Science Technology & Environment Minister today held a meeting with 21 private developers from all over the country, who are setting up mini hydel plants in northern India and had entered into MoU with Punjab to provide power. Mr. Majithia had an open interaction with the developers to understand their construction schedule and discuss various procedural and other problems being faced by them in completing those projects as per agreed scheduled . The private developers listed many problems including clearance from Forest Ministry, Land acquisition and displacement problems. The Minister ensured that he would take up this problem with the concerned ministries for their earlier redressal to ensure that these projects get completed on schedule.

Mr. Majithia said that Power sector was getting the maximum priority in Punjab and we are committed to provide 1500 MW power to the Punjab grid from non-conventional sector. He said that PEDA would conduct onsite inspections of all the 21 projects regularly to monitor the progress of construction of these projects.

Mr. Majithia also reviewed the various clauses of draft power purchase agreement (PPA) prepared by PSEB. The Minister said that as Punjab was the first state entering into MoU with private developers of Hydel Projects and PPA should be drafted to cover future development in power sector. The suggestions of power developers were also sought on draft PPA.

Besides 21 power developers from all over the country, prominent amongst those who participated the meeting included Mr. A.S.Chatwal, Secretary Science & Technology and Mr. T.P.S. Sidhu, CEO,PEDA




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