Reduce mother, child deaths: CM
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday directed divisional commissioners to take necessary steps to reduce infant mortality rate (IMR) and mother mortality rate (MMR) in the State.india Updated: May 21, 2006 14:23 IST
CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday directed divisional commissioners to take necessary steps to reduce infant mortality rate (IMR) and mother mortality rate (MMR) in the State.
Addressing a divisional commissioners’ meeting at Mantralaya, Chouhan expressed concern at Madhya Pradesh registering the highest IMR and MMR, ahead of Orissa. “It is a matter of shame that performance on these health indicators are not up to the mark,” he said.
He emphasised that hospital (institutional) deliveries should be promoted in rural areas where babies were given birth in unhygienic conditions. The CM asked the commissioners to start implementing measures taken up under Jalabhishek Campaign, and addressing the malnourishment problem. Lack of doctors and teachers at villages came up for discussion at the meeting attended by Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni and principal secretaries.
Principal Secretary, School Education, said recruitment of teachers was going on and it would be completed before the next academic session.
Describing Lok Kalyan Shivirs as vital for quick redressal of public grievances, Chouhan said minor problems should be addressed in these forums.
He said long queues for payment of power bills and other charges for civic facilities could be addressed by using information technology. Common people must get hassle-free supply of kerosene and essential commodities from the fair price shops.
Chouhan said collectors and commissioners must visit rural areas regularly toboost development at the grassroots. Welfare of SCs and STs, the CM said, is the Government’s priority. He reviewed the progress in recruitment of teachers on contract, of small irrigation projects, marriages of poor daughters, rehabilitating of differently abled persons and supply of seeds.
Chief Secretary Sahni said the commissioners could take effective steps for maximising public facilities while keeping a strict watch on development.
Divisional offices to be revived
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan assured divisional commissioners of more pro-active role in administration. After disbanding divisional offices of many departments, role of commissioners was reduced in direct administration.
“We have realised that the old practice should be revived to enable commissioners to play an active role in administration and monitor developmental schemes and programmes in more effective manner,” said the Chief Minister.