CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked ministers and officials to think and act ‘out of the box’ to deliver the goods to society and meet people’s aspirations.
Addressing the gathering attending Manthan-2007 at Academy of Administration on Saturday, the CM said working in a particular system for a long time tended to straitjacket one’s thinking and blinker the views. Brainstorming sessions like this help ‘de-compartmentalise’ thinking and approach. “There is need to work ‘on’ the system and not only ‘in’ system,” he added.
The programme was organised for senior administrative and police officers and heads of departments. About 200 participants attended the day-long sessions.
The programme saw brainstorming by seven groups of officials and ministers on seven major topics of governance to find out ways and means to accelerate the pace of development, more efficient implementation of welfare schemes, effecting necessary changes in the administrative system and fixing priorities.
Chouhan said members of the State Council of Ministers and senior officers would deliberate for two days on ways to eliminate inordinate administrative delays in implementation of development programmes and construction work, to bring about a positive change in the psyche of the administrative officials, as well as the common man, and to ensure optimum utilisation of available resources.
He said implementation of development schemes sometimes lacked efficacy and thus failed to meet their objects. “Irregularities keep coming to light and construction works are not completed on time despite availability of budget due to procedural lacunae. The common man’s grievances are not redressed satisfactorily.”
The Chief Minister expressed concern at the widening gap between people and the system and emphasised the need for serious thinking for radical change in the situation and to evolve practical solutions.
The Chief Minister urged the council of ministers and officers to discuss all issues threadbare and to come out with abiding solutions. He expressed the hope that the deliberations at the workshop would go a long way in bringing about positive change in the system and in the manner that schemes are implemented.
At the outset, the CM extended New Year greetings to all present and hoped everyone would do their best to realise the full potential of Madhya Pradesh and help it become a leading state of the country.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni said the discussions at this novel workshop, the first of its kind in the State, would yield good results.
He stressed the need for innovative approach to meet the challenges ahead and hoped that all officers would air views without any hesitation.
Sahni said the administration of Madhya Pradesh had always lived up to expectations at the time of crisis, which was a matter of pride, but the need was to show the same efficiency and promptness in normal times as well.
The participants at the workshop included State Planning Board vice-chairman Sompal Shastri, Chief Secretary Sahni,
Director General of Police Anandrao Pawar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests V R Khare, principal secretaries and secretaries of all departments, Divisional Commissioners, Collectors and heads of departments.
The workshop is discussing seven subjects including governance, state security, livelihood, infrastructure-one and two, social sector and education for which separate groups have been formed. The conclusions of the group discussions would be presented in the concluding session on Sunday.
Seven groups of senior officials met for a brainstorming session to come up with innovative ideas to put the State on fast track of growth and development.
Principal Secretary, GAD, IM Chahal is heading the team comprising officers from GAD, Revenue, Panchayat, Finance, Planning and Grievance Redressal departments. The group headed by Chehal is dealing with Governance.
Principal Secretary, Home, Satyaprakash is heading a team of Home, Law and Jail Departments. This group deliberated on State Security.
The team headed by Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Pradeep Bhargava discussed ‘livelihood’. Rural Development, Agriculture, Cooperation, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Gramudyog, Forest and Food and Civil Supplies departments also participated in this group.
Principal Secretary, NVDA, Uday Verma headed the team for Infrastructure-I. Officers from PWD, Water Resources, NVDA, Rural Development, PHE Departments also participated in it.
Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry, OP Rawat led the group for Infrastructure-II. The group comprised of Energy, Urban Administration, Tourism, Housing and Environment, Information Technology, C&I and Employment.
Principal Secretary, Women and Child Development, Prashant Mehta headed the group constituted to deliberate on Social Sector. Public Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Women and Child, Social Justice, SC/ST Welfare, Transport and Labour Departments are part of this group.
Principal Secretary, Finance, Sumit Bose is the group leader on Education. School Education, Higher Education and Technical Education Departments are part of the group.