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Delay in services defy purpose of Sewa Kendras

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: Even though the Sewa Kendras, which were set up by the government to ease out the process of giving birth and death certificates, are not being able to deliver on promises.

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Manmeet Singh Gill

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, March 28

Even though the Sewa Kendras, which were set up by the government to ease out the process of giving birth and death certificates, are not being able to deliver on promises. The issuance of certificates takes at least 30 days, when these are meant to be issued within seven days from the date of application.

Even employees at Sewa Kendras ask applicants to visit after the Kendra after 30 days, so that they do not have to return empty handed. “The time mentioned on the receipt is seven days, but we do not get certificates before at least 30 days. A lot of time is consumed at the Birth and Death Registration Office of the Municipal Corporation,” said an employee.

Sources at the MC’s Birth and Death Registration Office said the lack of sufficient manpower with the office and incomplete digitisation of records resulted in delay of services.

Even though the Right to Service Act empowers applicants to file a complaint if they fail to get the service within stipulated time frame of seven days, there are seldom any complaints. The lack of awareness on the part of applicants about the appellant authority with which complaint is to be filed and the apprehensions of inconvenience result in almost no complaints.

“A month’s time has almost become a norm. If the MC gets fully equipped to deal with such applications, it will help people get certificates quickly,” said an applicant, Joginder Singh.

Sources at the Birth and Death Registration Office said they get nearly 400 applications daily through Seva Kendras, most of which are related with name entry, correction in spellings and issuance of new certificates. “Before the certificate is issued, the office is responsible to check all facts which takes time,” said an official.

Delay in services defy purpose of Sewa KendrasThe Sewa Kendra near the Celebration mall in Amritsar on Tuesday. Photo: Sunil Kumar

Blind murder case of petrol pump worker solved, two held

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AMRITSAR: With the arrest of two persons, the Amritsar rural police today claimed to have solved the blind murder case in which a petrol pump employee, Anil Pal, was shot dead at Shamnagar village in Majitha on February 23.

Moneylender booked for abetment to suicide

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: Baljinder Singh, a resident of Jandiala Guru, allegedly committed suicide by consuming celphos tablets here yesterday. He was taken to a private hospital where he died late last evening.

DC honours special Olympians as they return to rousing welcome

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Pehal resource centre launches creative campaigning to sensitise people on disability

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: The Pehal resource centre, to promote education for disabled and create awareness regarding the rights of the disabled, has been collaborating with local artiste and theatre groups for creative campaigning.

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100 delegates take part in two-day conference

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: The two-day national conference on wastage and losses in agricultural marketing concluded at Khalsa College here today.

People urged to support police in eradicating drug menace

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: Continuing their drive against drug traffickers and bootleggers, the city police today conducted police-public meetings at various parts of the city.

Teachers’ body accuses GNDU VC of favouritism

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: In yet another salvo against outgoing Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Dr AS Brar, the GNDU Teachers Association today alleged that the Khalsa College Charitable Society gave undue financial benefits to Dr Sarvjit Kaur Brar, who was the principal of Khalsa College Public School.

Aujla takes up Amritsar airport issue with P Raju

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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MC collects Rs 15-cr property tax, three days still to go

MC collects Rs 15-cr property tax, three days still to go

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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Concepts of sustainable development discussed

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29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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Central jail grapples with problem of staff shortage

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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Married woman raped, 1 booked

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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Dak Sevaks hold protest

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

AMRITSAR: Members of the Gramin Dak Sevaks Union organised a protest outside the main post office here today. The union leaders stated that the state government is deliberately denying them the benefits of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

Auction of liquor vends today

29 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

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Sukhbir, wife pay obeisance at Golden Temple

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AMRITSAR: Former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, accompanied by his wife and Union Minister for Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, paid obeisance at Golden Temple today.

16 mobiles seized in surprise check

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AMRITSAR: Alarmed over the recent jail break at Gurdaspur Central Jail, the authorities tightened security and launched a search operation on the premises of Amritsar Central Jail.

City surgeon gets int’l fellowship

28 Mar 2017 | 1:51 AM

AMRITSAR: An oral and maxillofacial surgeon and associate professor of Sri Guru Ram Das Dental Institute, Dr Amit Dhawan, has brought laurels to the city by getting a coveted international fellowship at Hannover Medical Hospital, Germany.

Rlys to replace obsolete lever-frame system

Rlys to replace obsolete lever-frame system

28 Mar 2017 | 1:51 AM

AMRITSAR: After years of hue and cry by passengers over arduously long waiting period of trains on the city outskirts, the Railways has finally commenced the process of replacing the obsolete lever frame system with state-of-the-art electronic interlocking.

For matters related to heart tune in to Rabb Da Radio

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DC holds meeting with officials

DC holds meeting with officials

28 Mar 2017 | 1:51 AM

AMRITSAR: Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha held a meeting with officials of various departments, including Education and Health, and exhorted them to conduct a session with teachers to encourage them to lift education level and teach students to maintain cleanliness.

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