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It's time for Vasundhara Raje's 'power' payback

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 2:12pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
CM directs collectors to ensure 24-hr power supply to domestic consumers & six-and-a-half-hrs supply to farmers.

First they gave Vasundhara Raje the power (read: elected her), now she has started exercise of fulfilling her poll promise of giving them (people) continuous power (electricity).

On Wednesday, the chief minister directed district collectors to provide 24-hour power supply to domestic consumers and six-and-a-half-hour uninterrupted supply to farmers.

The CM gave these directives on the inaugural day of Collector-SP conference that began at chief minister’s office (CMO) on Wednesday.

CM directed the collectors to boost public grievances redressal system, against which she received umpteen complaints during ‘Suraaj Sankalp Yatra’.

Raje said the government would draft ‘Good Governance Act’. For this, a taskforce would be formed which would suggest provisions of the Act.  She said several provisions of the Right to Hearing Act and Public Guarantee Service Act are contradictory, which slows the pace of redressal of grievances. “The new Good Governance Act would not only have provisions of both these Acts but also include innovative ways of redressing grievances rapidly,” she said.

Addressing the collectors, the CM laid emphasis on effective monitoring and fast implementation of 60-day action plan and directed the collectors for weekly review of it.

In her address, while underlining poor grievances redressal system, the chief minister said that it leaves people “hopeless”. She said committees for redressing grievances have been formed at district and sub-division level. And, now the grievances would be heard on state-level. “The performance of district committee would be evaluated on the basis of the number of grievances heard at state level,” said Raje.

Raje also laid emphasis on good governance originating from accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive administration which follows the rule of law. She urged the collectors to make Rajasthan a healthy, educated, gender-sensitive and prosperous state with strong infrastructure. “Views of minorities would be taken into account and the voices of the most vulnerable in society would be heard in decision-making,” she added.

“During our last tenure we had left no stone unturned in ensuring that Rajasthan is no longer a BIMARU status. Now, once again we start working with a resolve to pull Rajasthan forward in every sector. Team Rajasthan is competent,” Raje said.

‘Green Monday’ gets applauded
Raje applauded collectors who took initiative to bring about a change in the bureaucracy. Sikar collector SS Sohta was applauded for his environmental concerns. Sohta had decided to cycle to work every Monday. Two days ago as well he was seen riding his bicycle. Inspired, district SP Haider Ali Zaidi also started cycling to work. The CM asked all the collectors to conceive novel ideas and set an example. Raje also appreciated Jhunjhunu collector Arushi Ajey Malik for performing well.

Prepare for the worst to be best
Rural development minister Gulab Chand Kataria pulled up Rajsamand collector Pritam B Yashwant for not making any plans to conserve water. Kataria interrupted Yashwant as the latter reported “zero drinking water supply problems in his area”. Kataria reminded the collector how the district had to depend on trains for water a few years back when rains had failed. He said, today drinking water is available only due to good rain during past few years and said the collector should prepare for worst case scenario.


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