The concept of holding night halt administrative camps by the deputy commissioners, and sub-divisional officers (civil) every month in Haryana seems to have succeeded not only in providing an avenue to field officers to interact with masses, but is also proving to be a boon for people.
Punam, a resident of Bargat Jattan village, approached deputy commissioner Nikhil Gajraj during a camp at her village on Thursday to seek financial help for higher studies.
Punam told the DC that she had passed her Class-12 examination with good marks and wanted to study higher technical education (BTech), but was unable to do so due to her parents' limited income.
To this, the DC asked the villagers to be proud of such youth besides helping them study further. Thereafter, village sarpanch Saroj Devi assured financial help to Punam.
Many villagers were happy with the direct interaction with the DC, which, they said, helped them in lot of ways.
Subhash, another villager, said he got his driving licence made during such a camp with ease. He said 275 people got their driving licences made in the 6-hour official "darbar" organised on the occasion.
He said officials of many government departments came to the village, which helped in resolving their problems. While 222 people were examined medically and 44 Aadhar cards were issued, the DC and other officers disposed of 74 complaints.
As many as 35 youths donated blood at a blood donation camp organised on the occasion, while most of the villagers were happy that they had got a well-developed park at the village. Besides highlighting the social-benefit schemes initiated by the government, the DC spoke against female foeticide. He said `5,000 were deposited by the government in the name of every second daughter of a family, which, at the girl's marriage would come to `95,000.
The night halts by the district administration is not a new concept in the state. In 1970s, 90-day touring and 60 night halts were compulsory, while the SDOs were required to tour the district for 100 days and have 60 night halts every year.
In 2005, 60 days touring was compulsory for the DC and the SDO (civil), while no night halts were fixed. It was left entirely to the administration, which gradually did away with the concept.
Gajraj said night halt camps were introduced with an idea of hearing and redressing public grievances and "feeling the pulse of people". "Such camps have provided solutions to people's problems at their doorstep," the DC said.