GUWAHATI, Nov 11 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today asked the departments to come up with innovative projects for inclusion in the next year�s budget, said an official press release.
At a meeting with senior officials of different departments at his office conference room here today, Chief Minister Gogoi asked them to come up with innovative projects that would be announced on January 1 next year. �Every department has to come up with innovative projects that could be included in next year�s budget,� he said.
The Chief Minister asked Principal Secretary, IT, Rajeev Kumar Bora to expedite the process for launching e-district governance with focus on public grievance redressal system. Bora apprised the Chief Minister that the mechanism was in place and it would be operationalised from January next year. He apprised the Chief Minister that efforts are on to revive some Community Information Centres (CICs). Bora further informed the Chief Minister that the less-paper office concept would be introduced in eight to nine departments at the Assam Secretariat by December.
The Chief Minister also asked the Principal Secretary, GAD and SAD, MGVK Bhanu to put in place the Public Facilitation Centre at the Assam Secretariat to receive public grievances. The Chief Minister said that he would review the status once in a month. Bhanu apprised the Chief Minister that the centre would be in place within a couple of months.
The Chief Minister agreed to the suggestion put forth by Chief Secretary, Jitesh Khosla to hold Lok Adalat every month to clear the backlog of works in departments.
Gogoi asked Khosla to direct the Deputy Commissioners to launch the Raijor Padulit Raijor Sarkar (People�s Government at People�s Doorsteps) with full vigour from January 1, 2015. �The administration has to come closer to the people and to redress their grievances at their doorsteps,� he said.
The Chief Minister also directed the Commissioner and Secretary, Information and Public Relations Department, Dr Ravi Kota to gear up publicity focusing on the achievements, new initiatives and targets of every department and to engage consultancy agencies to prepare a comprehensive action plan for publicity campaigns in print and electronic media. He asked the department to produce documentary focusing on development that has taken place in different sectors in the past almost 14 years. The Chief Minister further asked the department to publicise the major events coming up in the State.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Additional Chief Secretary, SC Das, Principal Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development, SK Khare, Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development, Simanta Thakuria and Director, Information and Public Relations, Ranjit Gogoi.