Naveen asks ministers not to go by bureaucracy inputs alone

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked his council of ministers not to go by the feedbacks of the bureaucrats alone but cross check from the people while implementing welfare schemes.

“Do not always go by the feedback of the bureaucracy alone. You should have a mechanism to crosscheck directly from the people. I would appreciate if ministers make surprise visits and take prompt action,” Patnaik said.

He said this while addressing the council of ministers meeting held here on the completion of one year in office of his 4th term.

Promising to work whole-heartedly in years to come, Patnaik said, “My government does not believe in slogans, but in actual delivery.”

Referring to opposition allegations that his government failed on all fronts, Patnaik said, “I have been reviewing the performance of each department as one year has passed. I am satisfied that we are decisively moving towards the fulfilment of our promises to the people of our state in providing progressive, inclusive, transparent and clean government.”

During the past three consecutive terms, Patnaik said the party and the government have focused on the key and basic needs of the people.

“Our approach to the process of development has been inclusive covering all sections of the society. Our government has been specifically attempting to address the needs of farmers, women, youths and the disadvantaged and marginalised section of the society,” he said.

Stating that grievance redressal is the cornerstone of good governance, Patnaik said each department should strengthen their grievance redressal system and be closer to the people.

“Promote innovations, out of box thinking and new ideas to redress people’s grievances,” Patnaik suggested his ministers. .