Chandigarh on its way to cashless city

August 23, 2017 03:26 PM

Punjab News Express/Y.S. RANA
CHANDIGARH : When one’s services were recognized by the society that was the real award, said Bikram Rana, State Liaison Officer, NSS Cell, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh while talking to HTW. He was awarded by the Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (ROTTO) -PGI for his outstanding contribution in spreading awareness and motivation for organ donation campaign on August 21. Dr Jagat Ram, Director, PGI has special mention about Mr Rana. Mr Rana belongs to Patlandhar, a village in district Hamirpur of Himachal Pradesh. Because of this effort, ROTTO-PGI tops the list of organ transplantation in the country.
Mr Rana has a number of feathers in his cap. He brought back dead NSS Cell to life which is now one of the best Cells in the country. He has been patted a number of times by the Ministry of HRD and Chandigarh Administration. Himachal Youth Brigade also played key role in the campaign started on August 3.
Established in March, 2016 under the aegis of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the Union Ministry of Health, PGIMER designated as ROTTO comprising seven states –Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, J and K, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh has been spreading awareness among people on deceased organ donation to garner traction for the cause, said Mr Rana. “I always want to contribute my bit for the welfare of student community and society,” says he.
As an outcome of these consistent efforts, PGIMER is witnessing an increasing trend in organ donation with 33 cadaver organ donations already in this year till date as compared to 27 throughout in 2016. Till date, the transplants done by PGIMER are as follows :  Kidney : 3586 (Live 3340; Cadaver 246); Liver : 32; Heart : 4; Pancreas :11, Lung : 1 and Cornea : 3405, stated Dr Vipin Koushal, Nodal Officer, ROTTO-PGI.
Better still it, buoyed up the success and overwhelming response to its e-Governance experiment, the Chandigarh Administration has decided to make it “cashless city.” On experimental basis, onus was given to Mr Rana and who had implemented it in the education department successfully. With start of this academic session, Chandigarh Administration has decided all admissions in government as well as private colleges in Chandigarh would be done online. Mr Rana was made nodal officer of the project. He had successfully implemented online admission and over Rs 18 crore admission fees was deposited online thus saved the parents and students from time consuming admission process. Admission-seekers can apply from anywhere online with harassment of running from one college to other and purchase of different prospectus for different colleges, said Mr Rana.
Even prime minister lauded efforts of Chandigarh Administration for doing away with public distribution system (PDS) and he has successfully implementing DBT scheme. It enabled the Administration to plug leakage of lakh of rupee which is being diverted to social welfare schemes and since then amount is being released to eligible beneficiaries through Aadhaar linked bank accounts, said Mr Rana.
Apart from foodgrains, the Chandigarh Administration has made Mr Rana as nodal officer for implementing 24 centrally sponsored schemes which included post-matric scholarships to SC, OBC, disabled students, minority and UT merit scholarships along with pre-matric scholarship for SC students.
Under these Schemes, Mr Rana revealed that a sum of Rs 8.80 crore has been directly transferred to 23,785 beneficiaries to their bank accounts in 2014-15. In 2015-16, Rs 8.27 crore has been transferred directly in the bank accounts of 20,825 beneficiaries while in 2016-17, Rs 7.05 crore has been transferred in the bank accounts of 21538 beneficiaries, stated he.
Mr Rana further stated that the initiative can be replicated elsewhere because of the robust nature of technology and the wide array of services it can provide. He gave credit to this success the hard work put in by his teams, supplemented by a sustained campaign and effective coordination by all. In fact, the optimistic and enthusiastic approach of Mr Rana to complete the assigned jobs successfully, the Chandigarh Administration is pacing up the process of achieving distinction from “smoke-free city” to first ‘cashless city.’ EOM

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