Arunachal MP to table Bill on public services

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HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR, March 5: Lok Sabha member from Arunachal East constituency Ninong Ering will table a Bill – ‘Right to Public Service Bill’ – during the current session of Parliament.

The Bill proposes to confer right to every citizen regarding time-bound delivery of services and redressal of grievances.

The legislation is meant to reduce corruption and to bring in transparency and public accountability, Ering said in a statement on Monday.

According to the MP, several states have introduced legislations in this regard after Madhya Pradesh government tabled a Bill in this regard in 2010. “By now, more than twenty states have introduced similar acts,” Ering said adding that these acts have fetched fruitful results in those states.

On the Bill, Ering said, “The basic essence of having a representative form of democracy in a nation is to entitle the citizens with basic services by the state. Therefore, it becomes the primary duty of the government to deliver services to the public.”

“Failing to deliver public services to the citizens within the specified time limit, the government would have to pay compensation to the public,” he said.

“Corruption takes place in government offices in the name of delivery of public services,” he said hoping that this bill would become a milestone in preventing corruption.

Prasad gives ‘vague’ response to Ering question

Union minister for IT and communications Ravi Shankar Prasad has failed to give satisfactory reply to a question tabled by Arunachal East constituency MP Ninong Ering regarding data breach of Aadhar card in Arunachal Pradesh in Lok Sabha.

Ering’s supplementary on the government’s inability to deliver Aadhar cards to people in Arunachal as often Aadhar cards are found dumped outside various post offices in the state also did not get a satisfactory response from the minister.

According to Ering, Prasad failed to state the reason behind the failure of the ministry to deliver the Aadhar cards and instead gave a very meaningless and vague statement.

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