Odisha CS sets field task for top Babus: 4 days a month

Bhubaneswar, Oct 27: Four days in the first week of every month. That is the time Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi wants his Secretary colleagues to spend in districts. Reiterating Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's instructions to Secretaries to visit the districts, Padhi has asked 20 senior IAS officers to make extensive field visits to oversee implementation of Government schemes. In a letter to Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner-cum-Secretaries as well as EIC-cum-Secretaries, Padhi has stated that the Cheif Minister's instructions must be followed scrupulously.

'To supervise implementation of the schemes and programmes and ensure delivery of services to people, it is essential that senior functionaries make adequate field visits,' the letter says. While all Secretaries have been asked to make extensive field visits for four days in their allotted districts, the Chief Secretary has instructed that there shall be no meetings at the State-elevel in the first week of the month.

The senior IAS officers have been asked to oversee implementation of Mamata, Biju Pacca Ghar Yojana, Cluster Borewell, Mission Shakti, Niramaya, Nirman Shramik Kalyan Yojana, Drinking Water, Rural Electrification, PDS-NFSA, Pension Schemes, SSA and Hostels as well as ICDS. All the field visit reports must be submitted within two days of their return to headquarters while major findings and observations will be discussed in the all Secretaries meeting.

That is not all. Some of the officers will be randomly selected to make presentations before the Chief Minister after their field visits, the letter said. While allotting a first list of 20 officers with district assigments for visits beginning November, for a period of three months, the Chief Secretary stated that a fresh cycle will start thereafter.

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