Sunday, June 14, 2009

Naveen Patnaik Means Business

While the 100 days agenda of Congress government is heading towards a “failure” yet Orissa is all set for socio-economic reforms. It would be a good idea if the Congress led government takes some clue from Orissa for effective implementation of various socio-economic policies. A special emphasis upon ICT policy and e-governance by Naveen Patnaik is really praiseworthy. It is apparent that Naveen Patnaik is not only serious about the election promises but is also taking active steps to get them implemented. This is the desired shift from promises to achievements that Congress is lacking presently.

In a bid to ensure that his government’s flagship programmes benefit the poor, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has asked the secretaries of various departments to go to the villages instead of functioning from the State capital. The secretaries have also been asked to prepare a five-year prospective plan within 15 days in consultation with the ministers concerned. Naveen’s direction to secretaries came after he advised the BJD MLA s and ministers to work like servants of people, instead of trying to rule over them. Presiding over a meeting of all secretaries here today, the Chief Minister said that the objective of the prospective plan should be to realise the promises made by his party in its election manifesto.

Emphasising on e-governance, the Chief Minister asked the secretaries to ensure that each department should introduce the management information system (MIS) for better flow of information from gram panchayats to the State headquarters. While information technology has made it easier for online monitoring of development projects, MIS is an effective tool for monitoring the activities of field-level officials.

Field visits by secretaries have been made mandatory. Instead of making district-level review, as has been the practice till now, the Chief Minister said each secretary should go to the villages and interact with the people. From now onwards, the district visit of the secretaries will be videotaped, sources said.