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Chandigarh, September 24, 2008

The Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh today stressed the need for efficient and effective delivery of public services with little or no transaction costs, to end the menace of corruption from public life.

Speaking in a sensitization conference on " Total Quality Management " (TQM) organised by Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration here today Mr. Singh said that total quality management could be achieved by providing transparent administration and ensuring quality service delivery of public services.

Stressing upon the need of simplifying rules, procedures and practices and documenting the rules, The Chief Secretary said that we must improve our grievance redressal mechanism for citizens by formulation & implementation of Citizen's charter.

Earlier in his keynote address Mr. V.K.Agnihotri, IAS (Retd.) and present Secretary General Rajya Sabha , an authority on TQM, said that good governance should focus on 7 elements of Information/Transparency, Convenience /Choice, Customer focus, Confidence, Work Culture, Tolerance and Mutual respect.

Earlier Dr. Arvinder Singh welcomed the Chief Guest. Mr. Padamvir Singh, IAS, Joint Director LBSNAA, Mussorie gave a presentation on the implementation of TQM in the government system. Mr. Sachit Jain of Vardhman Textiles spoke on TQM implementation in Private Sector. Mr. Vijay Kapoor, Principal Consultant, PTU Gian Jyoti School of TQM and Entrepreneurship spoke on quality on service sector.

Senior Civil Officers from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh participated in Panel Discussion of TQM.

Mr. B.K.Srivastava, Director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration also spoke on this occasion.



Chandigarh, September 24, 2008

The Punjab Government has directed all the departments and officers to accomplish the various ongoing developmental works timely and in a transparent manner as early as possible.

Presiding over a review meeting of various departments Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister Punjab asked the administrative officers to remain vigilant on the works allotted through the tenders and should personally inspect the sites to check quality of the materials as well as works on various schemes so that delay and pilferage could be checked in the developmental schemes.

The Finance Minister cautioned the field officers that no leniency would be tolerated on quality and quantity of material and the erring officials/officers would not be spared. Among others Mr. R.I. Singh, Chief Secretary, Mr. D.S. Kalha, Principal Secretary Finance, Mr. Kulbir Singh Secretary, PWD (B&R), Mr. Ravinder Singh Financial Commissioner Development, Mr. Suresh Kumar Secretary Irrigation and Power and Mr. Deepinder Singh Secretary Marketing Board were also present.



Chandigarh, September 24, 2008

The Punjab Government today announced certain relaxations in custom milling policy keeping in view the genuine demands of rice millers besides for ensuring smooth procurement of paddy.

An official spokesman today clarified that those millers who had not delivered levy rice manufactured by them out of IR-8 paddy in Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2007-08 would not to be treated as defaulters in KMS 2008-09. He also clarified that only the Export Oriented Units (EOUs) that exported rice in KMS 2007-08 either directly or indirectly would not to be treated as defaulters in KMS 2008-09.

The spokesman said that those rice mills that are defaulted on account of non-delivery of levy rice upto 75% in KMS 2007-08 would be considered for allotment, if they deposit Rs. 350/- per quintal for the quantity less delivered by them in levy during KMS 2007-08, by way of demand draft in favour of MD Pungrain.

The spokesman said that bar on defaulter rice mills that have been auctioned by financial institution/commercial bank would be applicable w.e.f. KMS 2009-10 and during KMS 2009-10 they would be considered for allotment only after they clear the previous dues of the concerned agency. The millers with whom FCI had banned its business dealings on account of delivery of rice "Beyond Rejection Limit" (BRL) during the previous years would be eligible for allotment in KMS 2008-09 as per the decision of FCI.

The spokesman said that the policy has also clarified that the quantum of paddy to be allotted to rice mills of various capacities with and without bank guarantee. A rice mills with capacity of 1MT would be allotted maximum paddy not more than 1800 MT and can be allotted additional paddy equivalent to 1200 MT with 50% bank guarantee or cash security equivalent to the 10% of the total value of the stocks.

Similarly a rice mills with a capacity of 200 MT would be allotted 8400 MT paddy without bank guarantee with additional 297000 MT with 50% bank guarantee or cash security equivalent to the 10% of the total value of the stocks.





Daily Punjab press release