Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at the Collectors Conference at Secretariat on Thursday
Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at the Collectors Conference at Secretariat on Thursday
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, while addressing the one-day Collectors Conference on Thursday advised the district Collectors to hear the voice of people and hold grievance days sincerly.

Patnaik directed the Collectors to be in touch with the people to achieve the fullest impact of the welfare and developmental schemes in operation in the State.

“I expect you to tour extensively, hear the voices of the people and hold your grievance days sincerely with commitment,” Patnaik said.

Patnaik also suggested the Collectors to hold the grievance day on Monday, the first day of the week, instead of conducting it on Saturday, which would allow them five days to redress and follow up.

“Let the message go that-People welfare and grievances comes first,” Patnaik said.

Adding more, Patnaik said that he would personally monitor different Collectors grivance day hearing exercises.

During the meeting, Patnaik reviewed and pointed out specific programmes, and said that the poorest of the poor should get the benefit and no one should have complaint against implementation of the welfare schemes.

Asking the collectors to focus on certain schemes designed by the State Government keeping an eye on the welfare of the vulnerble section of the society, Patnaik said, “School going children, pregnant women, persons with disability, poor families needing treatment, indigeneous artist groups and SC & ST population are our priority.”

Patnaik also made it clear that his government was giving importance to 13 such programmes including the Joint Grievance Cell, State Treatment Fund, ‘2-per-Kg rice’, welfare of the differently abled, Mamata yojana, PDS reforms, concrete roads, Biju Sahranchal Vidyutikaran Yojana, SC/ST hostels, School cycle programme, Biju Setu Yojana etc.

Giving top most priority to the Rs 2 a kg rice scheme, Patnaik said that the collectors must ensure that the people in the remotest pockets get two sqaure meals a day.

Source: 360 NS