Rodrigues listens to people's grievances

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Chandigarh, Jun 2 (UNI) Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator, General (Retd.) S F Rodrigues heard the grievances of people at a two-hour long public hearing session held at the Union Territory Secretariat here today.

While many individuals and organizations found solutions to their genuine problems on the spot, others got time bound assurances and a few others given counselling for removal of their grievances.

Mrs Jean Rodrigues, who accompanied the Administrator, joined in guiding the endeavour for sorting out the issues pertaining to women, children, blind and handicapped.

When the residents of Sector 67 met the Administrator reiterating their problem of foul smell emitted by the dirty water in the Nalah passing near the locality, General Rodrigues asked the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation to undertake remedial steps on a war footing.

He expressed concern when some people came with their problems for the second time in the public hearing session and asked officers to streamline the functioning and evolve a system of accountability in their departments.

He ordered an inquiry into the alleged malpractices of the Estate office and cooperative societies with a time bound frame and action be taken against the erring officials. He mentioned that officials responsible for removal and checking of unauthorized structures must work with fairness and objectivity, strictly following laid down procedures.

Assuring justice to the members of Industries Association and Warehouse owners, General Rodrigues suggested the need to forge partnerships in carrying out the development works in the city as per approved concepts and plans.

He told them that the future of Chandigarh was in their hands and asked them to participate in the developmental process. He made it clear that the Administration was pursuing development strategies in a holistic manner to make the city an ideal habitat. Taking note of the unfinished works on projects already started, General Rodrigues asked the officers to set up core monitoring teams in their departments to take corrective measures.

Senior officers who attended the meeting included Administrator' Adviser Pradip Mehra, Secretary to Governor, Mr M P Singh, Chandigarh Housing Board Chairman Mohanjeet Singh, Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar, Inspector General of Police S K Jain, Deputy Commissioner R K Rao and Municipal Corporation Commissioner Roshan Sankaria.

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