A meeting of officers of Irrigation and Public Health Department in order to review the progress made during the financial year 2007-08 and lay down targets for the year 2008-09 was held in which Ravinder Singh Ravi, Irrigation and Public Health Minister directed the officers to redress the grievances of the public on priority and informed that the complaints were now being received through e-grievances software and were being disposed off at a fast pace.
He further announced that the state government has decided to install 2000 hand pumps in the drought prone areas of the state meanwhile simplifying the rules for obtaining water connections on private land. He informed that as per the newly proposed guidelines, the landowner would have to submit only an affidavit instead of certificate of Patwari. He said that every officer should be present at their headquarters so that people do not face any difficulty and the department has decided to make offices for JEs at their section headquarter in a phased manner.
The Minister said that farmers should be motivated to adopt modern irrigation techniques and stressed upon adopting drip and sprinkler irrigation techniques.