Orissa CM asks collectors to be pro-people

Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked district collectors to be innovative while implementing different welfare schemes.

Bhubaneswar: Orissa CM Naveen
Patnaik on Tuesday asked district collectors to be innovative while
implementing different welfare schemes including the public
delivery system.

"I will urge upon you not only to do routine works,
but also innovate to improve services," Patnaik said while
inaugurating the two-day district collectors conference here.

Stating that the collectors were placed at the right
place to provide service directly to the people, the chief
minister said they could change life of the vulnerable section
of society through different schemes and programmes.

"Collectors can reach out to maximum number of people
and they can involve masses in schemes and programmes in order
to make them successful," Patnaik said asking the district
collectors to take up service to people in mission mode.

The state government, Patnaik said, had always
encouraged dynamism in young officers. "I will request you to
adopt pro-people attitude," he told the collectors.

Stressing on transparent implementation of MGNREGA in
rural areas, the state government asked the collectors to
enhance capacity so that more developmental works could be
done besides providing jobs to poor villagers.

"We have asked the collectors to expand their spending
capacity under MGNREGA up to Rs 2,000 crore per annum," said
chief secretary BK Patnaik. The state government`s present
spending capacity remained within Rs 800 crore per annum.

The collectors were told how effectively they could
spend funds under the rural job scheme so that more and more
poor people could get benefits.

"Collectors are told how to ensure survival of
standing crop in 99 blocks of 16 districts where drought like
situation prevailed due to inadequate rainfall," said Revenue
and Disaster Management minister SN Patro.

The district authorities were also asked to assist
farmers to start rabi crop as they suffered during the ongoing
kharif cultivation due to scanty rainfall, Patro said.

Besides, the collectors had been instructed to ensure
that the people being given land under the Forest Rights Act
(FRA), get their land documents and other relevant papers, the
chief secretary said.


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