April 22, 2015 1:05:38 am
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday approved an ordinance for the Maharashtra Guarantee of Public Services Act, popularly known as Right to Services, to improve transparency and delivery of services to citizens from the government machinery.
As per the ordinance, about 160 services will be covered under the Act in the first phase.
The state government had tabled the Bill during the Budget Session of the state assembly, which ended on April 10. However, it could not be passed due to paucity of time, a press note issued by the chief minister’s office said.
Under the Right to Services Act, which was the first initiative that Devendra Fadnavis had announced after taking over as the chief minister, citizens will be promised delivery of services from the government in a speedy, time-bound and hassle-free manner.
The first draft of the bill, which was put before the public inviting suggestions and objections, had not spelled out the punitive actions against state government employees not adhering to the law.
The state government has corrected this with the ordinance providing for a penalty of minimum Rs 500 to a maximum of Rs 5,000 on errant employees, the press note said.
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