OFFICIALS HAVE been directed to involve elected representatives in implementation of various government schemes. State Transport Minister and Minister in-charge Indore district Himmat Kothari who presided over the meeting gave these directions after MP Sumitra Mahajan, Minister of State for Forest Prakash Sonekar, MLAs Lakshman Singh Gaud, Ashwin Joshi, Antar Singh Darbar complained at the departmental review meeting this afternoon, that officials keep them in dark over implementation of government schemes specially those related to agriculture, veterinary and Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).
The discontent was there even before the meeting began when Ashwin Joshi demanded to know why district panchayat president Yogita Choudhary was not invited. He was told that her presence was not mandatory at the district level review meeting and
only MLAs, Indore Development Authority Chairman and Mayor receive invitation.
The meeting began with review of Jalabhishek Abhiyan. While Kothari expressed satisfaction over the work done under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s pet project, he warned officials against irregularities or slip-ups similar to those in Guna.
After Kothari, Sonekar was next to fire missive, as he expressed displeasure over Indore Municipal Corporation’s failure to stop Khan nullah water flowing along zoo from entering Shukla Nagar.
During the review of Nandi Shala project where a bull is given to cattle rearers on paying Rs 2,800, the MLAs demanded to know who were the beneficiaries in last two years. They said they were kept in dark over this welfare measure and inquired about criterion for selecting the beneficiaries. Their protests surfaced when Veterinary Department official informed that 52 bulls were to be given this year out of which sanction has been received for 44.
Another objection pertained to misuse of pattas allocated to weaker sections of society. MLA Usha Thakur and Tariq Khan, MP Obedullah Khan’s representative, complained about pattas being used for liquor shops, commercial activities. District Collector Vivek Aggarwal assured of action.
The MLAs also protested MPEB’s failure to repair defunct transformers and PHED’s indifference towards repairing tubewells on time. Besides, Sonekar complained about unauthorised recoveries made at check posts.
However, Kothari fired the parting shot when he said concerned officials would be held responsible if the beneficiaries fail to get civil supplies from fair price shops. “Chief Minister has asked to ensure that poor benefit from fair price shops. Therefore, there should be no irregularity. I will conduct surprise inspections,” he said.
Barring these objections, the public representatives were satisfied with progress of welfare schemes. The meeting concluded with a brief presentation on district health plan, which they appreciated.