Top officers the Bihar gvernment should forget about leave, at least this year. That was the level of commitment Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sought from the secretaries to the government after a marathon meeting on Saturday, which incidentally was a government holiday.
Describing the current fiscal year as one of consolidation during which results had to be made visible so that any residual misgivings of the people may be removed, he told the officers, "Each day is a new opportunity to deliver. If we can do it this time, the next year will be easier. Forget about leaves and holidays and concentrate on the job on hand. If there are still any service condition issues they can be considered," he added indicating the government was ready to give more to get more.
The marathon six-hour-long meeting began at 10.30 am and ended at 4.45 pm with a half-hour lunch break in-between. It was yet another ‘unstructured’ meeting, this time with the secretaries to the government, besides the Chief Secretary, Member Revenue Board, Power Board Chairman where the Chief Minister reminded his administrative heads of the Gandhian talisman.
"The issues of the last man have to be addressed. He has to be given due respect. Concentrate on delivering on the programmes of Sushashan," he told them. Besides Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Power Minister Vijendra Yadav was the only minister present at the meet.
Public grievances came up as one of the main worries of the government. The Chief Minister told the heads of all departments not only to ‘ensure’ the grievances were redressed but also to evolve ‘systemic solutions’ so that similar complaints did not keep recurring.
If that was the overall target, the ways and means to achieve it were also discussed. "In the last one-and-a-half years, most of the procedural issues have been addressed. Now is the time of consolidation, to execute with speed and efficacy and produce results. Prepare your action plans for the year and get the clearance, be it from the empowered committee or the Cabinet at the earliest. If any procedural or policy issues remain unaddressed bring them up early so that work is not affected. We have little time to waste. Do not be administrative heads, be partners in the progress of the state," the chief minister told the officers.