Chief minister Raghubar Das asked people’s representatives to play an active role in the implementation of government programmes, instead of leaving the job only to officials.
Das told officials to reply to queries made by people’s representatives. “Please don’t confuse people, answer their representatives satisfactorily,” he said on Monday while presiding over the first state-level 20-point programme implementation committee (20-PPIC) meeting here.
“Be active and connect to the people,” the chief minister told officials. “It’s a competitive world,” he said, calling upon the participants to remain prepared to meet the challenges. “You people have definite roles to play.”
Suggestions made on issues at the meeting varied from rice procurement, disbursement of students’ scholarships, night patrolling, MNREGA payments to self-attestations.
MPs and MLAs, besides the appointed members, were invited to the meeting. The JMM and the Congress, the main opposition parties, did not attend.
“The government is looking into minimum wages,” Das said, urging the banks to open accounts for all so that payments could be credited into them.
He wanted operationalisation of e-banking in 15 days, and directed officials to suspend district labour commissioners if e-payment does not start within the period.
On people’s security, he welcomed the suggestion on surprise checks of night patrolling parties and PCR vans. “Night patrolling was started to instill confidence and provide security cover to the people, not to harass them or collude with offenders and criminals.”
On power front, Das reiterated his government’s commitment to providing electricity to all villages by March 2017 and to all houses by December 2018. About 30 lakh families out of 68 lakh in Jharkhand are yet come under rural electrification.
Das said his government was simplifying laws and would not backtrack on the decisions already taken.
State 20-PPIC vice president Rakesh Prasad, and planning and finance secretary Amit Khare said the meeting was successful. They told reporters that a website of the state 20-PPIC would be launched to make it accessible and transparent.
Prasad said suggestion on placing advertisements regarding around 400 rice procurement centres and minimum support price of ₹1,600 per quintal was welcomed.
Khare said 48.9% of the budgetary allocations for the current fiscal has been spent till December 17, and employment generation registered a growth in the state.
The next meeting will be held after six months.