With the aim of ensuring accurate planning, design and estimation as well as transparent and accountable implementation of public works, the Punjab Cabinet on Saturday approved the establishment of the design wing, control of quality, monitoring and evaluation within the Department of Soil and Water Conservation. A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi here in Punjab Bhawan this evening.
According to a spokesperson for the chief minister’s office, the wing dedicated to design, monitoring, quality control and evaluation is being created at the headquarters of the Soil Conservation and Development Department. ‘water. “The creation of this wing would not incur any additional expense for the government, but would help save public money through the implementation of proper planning, design and estimation, in addition to improving accountability. officials / departmental officials, “said the spokesperson.
“It would also help the farming community, especially the small and marginal farmers who are often deprived of government benefits, because due to the planning and design of a notebook, no farmer would feel left out of government projects.” , they added. Notably, the Department of Soil and Water Conservation implements various government programs for the laying of underground pipelines, drip and sprinkler systems to increase the efficiency of water use. ” irrigation in addition to the construction of water harvesting structures, roof rainwater harvesting structures, control dams, etc. to increase the water table. reload.
According to the CMO, all of this work requires proper design and estimation in order for government funds to be spent efficiently and the benefits of these projects to be optimally achieved. “The department currently does not have a dedicated design and quality control wing, unlike other central government and state departments implementing public works,” he added. .
The Cabinet also approved the establishment of a special purpose micro-irrigation (MI) vehicle within the Department of Soil and Water Conservation for the promotion of smart irrigation systems in the state. . To achieve this goal in the wider public interest, the spokesperson said the process requires organizational changes within the department and that a person with the required qualifications and experience in the field of micro-irrigation must be delegated by appointment / additional charge in the field of soil and water conservation. Department, which will lead this SPV and set up the required organizational structure of this wing dedicated to the implementation of the micro-irrigation program in the state.
Relevantly, the Punjab has implemented a micro-irrigation program for the past 15 years and despite subsidizing 80-90 percent to farmers for these systems, the adoption of these systems has been far from successful. satisfactory, as only about 1.2 percent of the area was covered by these irrigation systems. At the same time, the government has given its “green light” to the modernization of Sub-Tehsil Tanda in Hoshiarpur district and Adampur in Jalandhar district as Tehsils / Sub-Divisions.
“The new Tehsil / Tanda Sub-Division would include five Kanungo circles, 47 Patwar circles and 133 villages while Adampur would include six Kanungo circles, 60 Patwar circles and 161 villages,” the CMO informed. In order to ensure uniformity, the Cabinet also approved the Rules of the Punjab Dental Training Service (Amendment) (Group-A), 2021, in accordance with the standards of the Dental Council of India, New Delhi.
The move, according to the CMO, would help fill the vacant position of professor of medicine in state government dental colleges to provide quality education for students in addition to providing the best dental treatment for patients. In view of the possibility of a third wave of COVID-19, the Cabinet also decided to retain and expand the services of the workforce already engaged on an outsourced basis at the government medical colleges of Patiala and d ‘Amritsar until March 31, 2022.
With this decision, the Cabinet approved the extension of the 789 posts of the isolation ward and of the 7 VRDL from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. However, this decision would help the state government to deal with the emerging situation. resulting from any eventuality and reduce the burden on healthcare facilities. (ANI)
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