CM Mann Starts “Lok Milani” Programme, Opponents Calls It A “Drama”

To reach out to citizens for redressal of their grievances, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has launched his ‘Lok Milani’ programme. While 61 complainants listed their grievances before the Chief Minister during the ‘Lok Milni’ programme at the Punjab Bhawan here, several people fumed outside the Punjab Bhawan premises, frustrated for not being allowed to meet the Chief Minister.

CM Mann said that this interactive program is aimed at ensuring a single-window platform for the people for redressal of their complaints. He said the endeavour through the programme is aimed at ensuring that people do not have to run from pillar to post for getting their work done.

Though several visitors questioned the rationale behind the ‘Lok Milni’ as only people with an appointment were allowed to meet the Chief Minister, the opposition slammed the AAP government. 

Lashing out at CM Mann, Mr. Sukpal Khaira, Congress MLA (Bholath) said, “If CM Bhagwant Mann has to address every problem by himself, he should disband the entire executive machinery of Punjab! It also shows the colossal failure of district administrations to address the grievances of the people at their level! Need to streamline official functioning! It’s humanly impossible to resolve the problems of 2.75 crore Punjabi’s at one doorstep of the Chief Minister. Need of the hour is to streamline district level official functioning, which has become inefficient and defunct that’s why everyone is approaching the Chief Minister.”

While Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring alleged that CM took people for a ride. “When the government had pre-decided the list of people it was to attend and entertain, why did it mislead people who travelled from every nook and corner of the state to meet the Chief Minister only to be refused entry into the venue in this sultry heat?” he asked.

Whereas the senior BJP leader Avinash Rai Khanna said that people came from far away places in scorching heat and spent money on their transportation, but unfortunately, CM could meet only a few of them. He termed the entire exercise as a ‘drama’ to mislead the people of the State.

Meanwhile, the AAP spokesperson Malwinder Kang said, “the CM met all the people who were called according to the procedure. It was just the first day. CM Mann is planning to take the initiative to district level in the days to come.”

This whole process was initiated two months back when CM Mann invited the people to register their grievances in the CM Office. He even called the officers of all the departments and inquired about the status of complaints received, they were held accountable for the status of these complaints.

Complaints included non-action against drug smugglers and encroachment on common village land. There were separate complaints from people selected for government jobs by previous governments because their process was not completed, citizens also wanted the government to act on power theft and shortage. The aim was to ensure that the CM had a personal hearing.

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