MINISTERS FOUND themselves at the wrong side of the cannon again on Sunday at the concluding session of Manthan-2007. If there was a suggestion to curb their powers to transfer, one more group was far more forthright suggesting withdrawal of the power.
There were also recommendations to close down the Public Works Department and to make working in the Forest Department moe transparent. The forest department was dubbed as ‘obstruction’ in the way of development.
During presentation of their recommendations this evening the governance group recommended withdrawal of the transfer powers of the ministers as the transfers were being politicised affecting the administration. It suggested that the power should be vested with the officials as they managed the administrative affairs.
There was also a recommendation to introduce Maharashtra like system to expedite clearance of files. A group alleged that often the ministers had files with them for months together.
The CM listened to the recommendations patiently. He had asked each group to feel free to give their recommendations. Each of the seven groups were given 15 minute each to present their recommendations after the deliberations among the groups came to an end this afternoon.
Bureaucrats felt that PWD was not doing justice to its job. The road construction was often delayed and the quality was poor. The CM, however, suggested a workable solution to bring about changes in the department’s functioning. Several bureaucrats felt that the functioning in the forest department lacked transparency and it proved to be an obstruction in the way of development.The CM agreed that concrete steps were required to make the department more accountable.
The infrastructure group recommended creation of 10 lakh jobs every year and allocation of Rs 2500 crore for the same. The CM in his speech asked the collectors to focus on any specific development project in their respective districts so that the district could become a role model for development.
Major recommendations from different groups
State security: Strengthening of intelligence system; constitution of special task force; recruitment against vacant posts in Naxalite affected districts; transparency in inquiries against police officials; 9400 new posts in police force; special battalion for VIP security; public prosecutor post for every court; legal office at every SP office; 100 doctors posts for jails; setting up of high security jails;
Governance: Complaint box against corruption in all administration units; disposal of employees matters- departmental enquiries and promotion on time, no DE at the time of retirment; promotion of knowledge sharing.
Livelihood: Cooperative sector should continue to run public distribution system (PDS), panchayat, van samiti and self help groups should also be involved on alternative basis; allied activities with agriculture, developing model for gaushalas.
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan was faced with an unusual situation during Manthan-2007 on Sunday when he came to know about demise of his maternal uncle Randhir Singh at his native village in Raisen district. His maternal uncle passed away at Khampadia village. The Chief Minister first decided to proceed to the village but later went against his decision keeping in view the importance of the occasion. The CM will now leave for his maternal uncle’s native village on Monday.