Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil today launched Himachal's first of its kind City Livelihood Centre in Solan town. This centre will provide 20 different services on fixed charges to citizens through a Call Centre set up in the Municipal Committee Solan.Dr. Shandil on the occasion said that this centre would help the citizens in solving their day to day problems. In the beginning electricians, plumbers, driver, beauticians etc. will be made available and more services would be added in a phased manner.Social Justice and Empowerment Minister said that the City Livelihood Centre will provide better employment and self employment avenues to skilled unemployed youth. This centre will prove beneficial especially for elder people as they will be able to seek much needed services at their door steps, he added. Centre would also provide Wheel Chairs in the near future.He said that door to door garbage collection started in 8 wards of the town was a step in right direction. He exhorted the people to make this campaign successful as it would help in making Solan town clean along with environment protection. He directed the officials to develop parks in the town as was being done at Ganj Bazar and directed the police to keep a vigil on these parks.Chairman of Solan Municipal Council, Shri Pawan Gupta assured that MC will provide all possible help in making the project a success.
Deputy Commissioner Solan Shri Rakesh Kanwar while welcoming the Chief Guest said that the project was part of the district administrations plan to make Solan the safest, citizen friendly and clean city. Massive cleanliness drive will be undertaken in coming months especially on the National Highway so that the visitors coming to the State feel happy. He said that it was a pilot project and every effort would be made to make it a success. He welcomed suggestions from the citizens to improve the services and urged them to keep on giving the feedback.Deputy Commissioner said that Citizen Service Centre had been made functional by the MC Solan in collaboration with the ITI Solan with the guidance and support of the district administration. The MC Solan thus became the first MC in the State to start these services. He said that citizens could call on the phone number 220745 from 10 am to 5 pm to get services of trained professionals on fixed charges. The list of services include electrician, plumber, computer repair and other computing functions, housekeeping, mother and baby massage, stitching and knitting, beautician, driver, painter, tiffin services and hospitality services such as cooks for party and stewards.
Shri Rakesh Kanwar said that trained professionals from twenty different fields had been registered by the MC Solan in the first phase. In the second phase medical attendants, part-time and full time nursing care professionals and other service providers will be added. MC Solan had fixed the rates for the first visit and service charges in all these cases and the effectiveness of the service would be monitored on day to day basis by the District Administration.Proposed designs and architectural plans to improve the existing parks in the town namely Children’s Park, Jawahar Park and Mohan Park along with plan for new Park at Ganj Bazaar was also unveiled.Progress of the Door to Door collection of Garbage was also reviewed and deadlines were set to ensure that entire Municipal area came under the scheme by the month of August.Sh Yadvender Paul, DFSC Solan informed about the facilities being extended by the LPG service providers such as online booking and home delivery. Secretary APMC Solan informed about the online order and door to door delivery of fruit and vegetables in the MC area. Experts from National Urban Livelihood Mission and from other concerned fields dwelled upon various schemes of the project.Councillors of MC Solan, Senior officers and people in large number were present on the occasion.