Chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, began his new year by personally wishing his 130-odd staff, including bureaucrats, security staff and the canteen staff, at Mantralaya on Saturday.
He said his New Year resolution was to ensure that the common man was the central focus of all government plans.
“People who come here should be attended to. They should not have to keep following up at the Mantralaya for small things. For that we will need to make changes in the system,” Chavan told his staff.
He said his ideas on development are different, and more people-centric. “My views on development are clear. But while achieving them, I would like the trust of the common man for which I will need your contribution.”
In his New Year message to people of Maharashtra, Chavan said he had a huge challenge of fulfilling his promise of a clean, transparent and surging administration.
“Improving social justice, removing regional biases in development, getting youth employed, increasing agricultural output but also making it available at affordable rates… will be my priority,” he said.
He also listed the challenges the state was facing in terms of unseasonal rains and the losses that farmers suffered.
He also said the development of Mumbai as one of his main priorities.
“We have got permission for the Navi Mumbai international airport. We have also got a nod for the 10,000 mw Jaitapur nuclear power project which will solve the state’s power crunch.”