Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today launched a campaign with an aim to reach out to the people to understand their problems. Named as ‘People’s government at their doorsteps’, the campaign was launched in Mohali district by Sidhu, who said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has “set a mission for all of us to provide a hassle-free and corruption-free atmosphere to the people”. The cricketer-turned-politician also made a surprise visit to the Nayan Gaon area near Chandigarh, along with senior officials of his department and district administration, an official release said here.
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Sidhu, who left the BJP to join the Congress months before the Punjab Assembly polls, also visited the proposed site for a sewage treatment plant (STP). He found it “not suitable” for the project as it was located near a residential area and directed the officials to send another proposal for a new site, the release added. During the visit, Sidhu gave a patient hearing to the locals and municipal councillors, besides directing the Nagar Panchayat officials to solve all the problems raised by the people in a time-bound manner.
He reiterated the Congress party’s poll promise of providing quality services and a corruption-free system to the people of Punjab. “Corruption and harassment of citizens will not be tolerated at any level,” the minister said and asked the officials to display “every detail” of the ongoing development works on flex boards to ensure transparency. Sidhu said he would visit towns and cities across Punjab as a part of the campaign and would try to solve the problems of the people with their participation.