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Tour villages, CS tells field officers

CHIEF SECRETARY Rakesh Sahni on Friday asked field officers to undertake tours of villages and stay there during the night saying this would ensure regular monitoring of Government services and facilities. He said no negligence would be tolerated and disciplinary action would be taken against those who failed to perform their duty sincerely.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 14:59 IST

CHIEF SECRETARY Rakesh Sahni on Friday asked field officers to undertake tours of villages and stay there during the night saying this would ensure regular monitoring of Government services and facilities. He said no negligence would be tolerated and disciplinary action would be taken against those who failed to perform their duty sincerely.

While addressing officials through video conferencing under the monitoring programme of these activities here the other day the Chief Secretary’s emphasis on village tours indicated those posted in districts and divisions were not visiting villages regularly, despite repeated instructions.

According to an official release, Chief Secretary warned officials no negligence or laxity would be tolerated in making available basic facilities to people in rural areas as per the Government’s desire. The Collectors should ensure that officers of all departments discharge their duties with honesty and sincerity. Disciplinary action should be initiated against negligent officers and employees, the Chief Secretary stressed.

Sahni said to ensure optimum benefits of basic services and facilities in rural areas regular monitoring was necessary. He asked all Commissioners and Collectors to undertake tours of the villages and carry out physical verification of these services and facilities to bring about qualitative improvement in them.

Chief Secretary stressed the need of officials’ night stay at villages during their visits. He said data to be received by nodal officers should be fed in time and accurately. He stressed that Commissioners and Collectors at their level should also ensure this. He instructed that all entries in this regard be physically verified by November 10.

Chief Secretary said in some of the cases, variations were observed in information received at the State-level from districts. Therefore, information to be compiled by nodal officers should be tallied from the department concerned. Sahni said during visits to villages if any lapses in basic amenities or services were found, officials should ensure they were corrected in the stipulated time period. He instructed that non-functioning handpumps and transformers were repaired on a priority basis.

All Divisional Commissioners and Collectors apprised the Chief Secretary of the progress of the monitoring programme in their respective areas, the release said.