Heís made a difference to Nawanshahr
Krishan Kumar interacts with students learning computer skills under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan
Commissioner of Nawanshahr Krishan Kumar is in news once again.
Sometime last year we mentioned in this column how well he had
streamlined and computerised the pubic utility services offered
by the Nawanshahr administration.
Now, he has
done the state proud by effectively checking the incidence of
foeticide. This one-man army did not use any dictatorial methods
to curb the killings of girls much before their birth. He not
only succeeded in motivating the youth to spread awareness
through demonstrations and protests but also plugged all
loopholes in the system, which were instrumental in increasing
foeticide in Punjab.
has ensured that the greedy and self-centred politicians do not
take advantage of voters. During the last assembly election, it
was shocking to note that many politicians had distributed not
only free alcohol but also drugs along with injections. As
expected, this time the quantum of alcohol and drugs for
distribution is bound to rise because of the obsessive desire of
the politicians to grab power.
It is for the
first time in the history of Punjab that a deputy commissioner
has used his powers to obstruct the free flow of alcohol in his
district. Krishan Kumar passed an order under Section 144 of the
CrPC, banning vends to sell liquor without recording the
identity and age of the buyer. Besides, except to the licence
holders, vends would be able to sell only two bottles to a
person at a time. The buyers will have to show a proof of
identity, be it their voter card, driving licence, ration card
or passport. Also, persons below the age of 25 cannot buy liquor
as per the Punjab state excise policy.
But this policy
has never been enforced in the state as even children are
frequently seen buying liquor for their fathers and teenagers
for themselves. After Krishan Kumarís orders, liquor vendors
in Nawanshahr will not be able to flout the rules openly.
Politicians will find it difficult to freely distribute alcohol
to the voters.
the liquor lobby has gone to the court against this order.
However, what is significant to note is that Krishan Kumar is
driven by that passion of a public servant that is largely
missing in the bureaucrats of the country. This is visible in
his every action.
another example wherein he has not only used Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan
to make girls of Nawanshahr computer savvy but has also ensured
that the companies outsourcing should make use of their services
for data compiling. These girls were earlier unable to get
employment, as the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan lay underutilised.
For optimum use
of this scheme, he opened as many as 14 centres in Nawanshahr
district in addition to the one already being run by the Red
Cross. The Department of Sainik Welfare also runs a centre to
train girls in computers. As computers have become an integral
part of our lives and all official dealings are bound to become
online, the job prospects of these girls have brightened. With
the Punjab Government going in for computerisation in a big way,
Nawanshahr district itself will need hundreds of
computer-skilled workers in the immediate future. Trained girls
from these centres have already been picked up by private banks,
insurance companies and call centres. These centres are also
being utilised for outsourcing by the local Lions Club, Rotary
continues to surprise with his innovative approach to serve
people. Just recently he handed over the Red Cross Canteen on a
rather reasonable rent to a womenís self-help group. The
members of this group are young widows and other needy women.
There are 10 women working in this canteen, which now speaks of
improved hygiene and a sparkling sitting area.
Remember the Suvidha Centre
that Krishan Kumar founded in his district? It has become a
model worth emuating for the entire country. All inquiries of
the public are attended to at this centre within minutes. Nobody
has to slog in queues. Any dealings with the deputy commissionerís
office, which are always in plenty, are handled in a jiffy. NRIs
of Nawanshahr could not have been happier and proud of India as
now whatever certificate or information they want is made
available to them on phone or online and the delivery is
guaranteed through courier within 15 days.