On the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, IAS officers working as secretaries in the central government are fanning out into the districts of their first postings to prepare a report on the progress of government schemes and suggest ways to improve their implementation.
The officers have been asked to give their feedback by the end of this month.
Punjab's former chief secretary Rakesh Singh, who is presently posted as secretary in the ministry of steel, would visit Hoshiarpur, where he underwent district training in 1979-80, for three days starting January 19.
He will be accompanied by IAS officers G Vajralingam, DK Tiwari and Dipinder Singh, all of whom have previously served as deputy commissioners of the district.
Singh would pay a field visit to different parts of the district to observe changes in the social and economic landscape of the district over the past three-and-a-half decades.
During his interaction with the secretaries in the first week of this month, the Prime Minister had asked them to visit the districts where they had worked on their first assignments, stay there for at least three days, talk to the stakeholders involved in developmental activities and submit their reports by January 31.
The initiative is aimed at enhancing the government's interaction with the public and improve the implementation of schemes.