BY RIMSHA AROOJ
Lahore: Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman on Tuesday warned the officers against absence from duty and laxity in work, saying that they would have to work diligently to address peoples’ problems.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting of all administrative secretaries at Civil Secretariat. The meeting reviewed steps to speed up digitization of departments and paperless working, annual development programme and timely disposal of pension cases. Those among present were Chairman Planning and Development, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary Home, administrative secretaries of all departments and Chairman PITB.
In the beginning of the meeting, the Chief Secretary, through video calls, conducted virtual visit of offices of director anti-corruption Faisalabad, district health officer Bahawalnagar, assistant director land record Sahiwal and sub-registrar Rahim Yar Khan. He checked the presence of officers in their offices and directly interacted with people. He asked visitors about resolution of their problems and behavior of officers with them.
The Chief Secretary directed the administrative secretaries to expedite work on digitization of departments and paperless working as progress in this regard would be reviewed on a regular basis.
The meeting reviewed, in detail, the uplift projects under annual development programme. The meeting was told that out of total Rs 350 billion allocated for development schemes in financial year 2019-20, the planning and development department has released Rs 205 billion while finance department has issued Rs 194 billion. So far the departments have utilized Rs 115 billion from the released funds. The Chief Secretary was briefed that 702 of total 943 new development schemes have been approved. The meeting also decided to strengthen pension wing of S&GAD to ensure early disposal of pension cases.