Chandigarh: The Punjab government launched the 'Bhagwant Mann Sarkar Tuhadde Dwar' scheme, a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring 43 essential services directly to the doorsteps of citizens. The inaugural ceremony in Ludhiana featured the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann, who jointly flagged off the scheme.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lauded the initiative as a revolutionary step, expressing that such a move should have been implemented 75 years ago. He emphasized the transformative nature of the scheme, noting that citizens would no longer need to visit government offices, stand in queues, take leaves from work, or engage in corrupt practices. Kejriwal remarked that the scheme was initially launched in Delhi in 2018 and has now been implemented in Punjab, the only two states governed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He attributed the success of the initiative to the honesty and integrity of AAP governments, contrasting them with other administrations that set targets for departments to collect bribes.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, speaking at the event, expressed the sentiment that the martyrs were concerned about the post-independence direction of the country and the condition of its people. He highlighted that the sacrifices made were not for citizens to endure long queues at government offices and face administrative challenges. Drawing inspiration from Delhi, Mann declared that the light from Delhi's lamp had now illuminated Punjab, ensuring that citizens no longer needed to be harassed by government offices, as services and certificates would be delivered to their homes.
The 'Bhagwant Mann Sarkar Tuhadde Dwar' scheme offers citizens access to a range of services, including birth, marriage, death certificates, income and residence certificates, caste certificates, rural area certificates, pension-related services, electricity bill payment, and land demarcation. Nearly all government services will be available through this scheme, except for arms licenses, Aadhaar cards, and stamp papers. Malwinder Singh Kang, chief spokesperson of AAP's Punjab unit, explained that citizens could schedule appointments by dialing the helpline number '1076.' Once confirmed, individuals would receive an SMS detailing necessary documents, fees, and other relevant information.
Specially trained personnel would then visit citizens' homes or offices at the appointed time equipped with tablets to complete necessary paperwork, collect fees, and provide receipts. Digital copies of certificates would be sent to mobile phones, with hard copies delivered to their homes. Kang highlighted that the scheme aimed to provide relief to the common people of Punjab, eliminating the need to visit government offices and stand in queues for hours. Additionally, it would offer freedom from middlemen, reducing corruption in public service delivery.