Govt to bring right to services Bill

New law Babus to be fined upto Rs 1,000 if they fail to act.

The Trinamool Congress government will introduce a Bill in the upcoming Budget Session of the Assembly to ensure that public services are delivered to the people in time. This was announced by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Writers' Buildings on Wednesday after chairing a Cabinet meeting.

As per the new Bill, fine will be imposed on government servants if found that services are not delivered to people on time. The Bill named Paschim Banga Lok Parisheba Adhikar Bill, 2013 (West Bengal Public Services Rights Bill, 2013), is to ensure that people are saved from harassment while seeking services from government offices, she said.

"This Bill makes it mandatory to provide basic services like driving licence, birth and death certificates, ration card and card for those living below the poverty line, electricity connections within a stipulated period. If the victim lodges a complaint, the concerned employee will be fined ranging from Rs 250-Rs 1000," said Mamata.

According to the government, the main aim of the Bill is to see that people won't unnecessarily suffer for collecting their personal certificates. "In many cases, it has been seen that due to the delay in getting such certificates , people have to run from pillar to post. To stop such nuisance, we have decided to introduce the Bill in this year Assembly session so that people can get some relief," she added. Basic services includes driving licence, birth and death certificates, ration card and the card for those living below the poverty line, electricity connections , land transfer deal will be included in the Bill, she added.

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