Ranchi: Taking cue from other NDA ruled states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Punjab; Jharkhand is all set to implement Right to Service Act.

The Act would empower the people in the state to get timely services from the government employees, be it age certificate, caste certificate or ration card.

The state government intends to implement the Act from November 15, on the occasion of Foundation Day celebrations of the state.

The draft bill will be presented before the state Cabinet on August 23.  Thereafter, it will be forwarded to the State Assembly for its approval in the ongoing Monsoon Session.

Under this Act, all the government department will be bound to provide citizen centric services within stipulated time period, as a matter of right. Also, the Act fixes the accountability of the concerned government officers in case of delay. The Act provides for punishment of the government employees as well.

To take action on the complaint filed by the denizens, first Appellate and second Appellate officers will be appointed in different services. Officers and employees found guilty will have to pay penalty and can face stern legal action as well.