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During ministers’ visits, DM’s presence not mandatory now in Uttarakhand

It will not be mandatory for the district magistrates to remain present during a minister’s visit to the district, the state cabinet decided on Wednesday

dehradun Updated: Jan 24, 2018 21:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand News,Madan Kaushik,Rastriya Swayamsewak Sangh
Minister Madan Kaushik (C) and CS Utpal Kumar (L) brief the media on cabinet decisions in Dehradun on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

It will not be mandatory for the district magistrates to remain present during a minister’s visit to the district, the state cabinet decided on Wednesday.

“This has been decided that DMs (district magistrates) can skip minister’s meetings unless something very important arises. This has been decided so that DM’s can focus on the public interaction meetings to sort out grievances on the spot,” Madan Kaushik, the government’s spokesperson, informed media persons soon after the cabinet meeting.

At present, the DM remains present during a minister’s visit to a particular district. It is also mandatory for the DM to be present in the meetings called by ministers in a district. Normally, such visits by ministers are made on Monday.

According to Kaushik, the government’s focus is on holding the public interaction programmes more frequently. The cabinet also decided that on every Wednesday, the block level officials will hold meetings at the block headquarters and address the public grievances.

In another decision, the cabinet waived off stamp duty of ₹28.3 lakh on Vivekanand hospital in Dehradun district, which is run by people associated with the Rastriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), an ideological mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The cabinet also decided not to charge late fee on traders filing returns till March 31. Besides, it was also decided that no penalty will be charged on the real estate developers if they register their business under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act by February 28.

MINISTERS TO COME UP WITH REPORT CARDS

On the sidelines of the briefing, Kaushik said the government has decided that ministers will come up with a report card of their ministries in February. The government will complete one year in office on March 18. The government intends to showcase its “good work” to the public before that.

Meanwhile, social welfare minister Yashpal Arya took a meeting of his department at Vidhan Sabha office and expressed resentment over the slow progress of welfare schemes. According to a government note, the minister categorically asked officials to “improve working style”.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 21:34 IST