Dehradun: Taking cues from the NDA ruled states like Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, the Uttarakhand government introduced Right to Service Act in the state.

In a bid to empower people in the state to get timely service and relief from corruption prevalent in government set up, the state Governor gave consent on the act and published the notification.

Secretary General Administration, Manisha Pawar informed, under the act, all the government departments 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. Officers and employees found guilty will have to pay penalty and can face stern legal action as well.

Also, first Appellate and second Appellate officers will be appointed for different services like revenue, health and family welfare, transport, potable water, social development, urban development and other sectors.

Notably, the draft bill was tabled by Chief Minister BS Khanduri in the monsoon session of the State Assembly this year.