The Manohar Lal-led BJP regime in Haryana is waxing eloquent over the “successful completion” of the three-day “Chintan Shivir” (brainstorming session) involving the high and mighty,including Ministers and senior bureaucrats held at the famous Timber Trail resort at Parwanoo in the neighbouring hilly state of Himachal Pradesh unfazed by criticism by the opposition parties why the jamboree was organised at a private resort in another state.
The exhortations to the “Babus” by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Manohar Lal and his team to serve with passion,dedication and zeal is nothing new and could have been made at the Haryana Niwas or CM residence in Chandigarh, the State Capital, or at Red Bishop Tourist Resort or Inderdhanush Auditorium in Panchkula for that matter, say not only opposition leaders but the vox populi also and they seem to have a valid point. One does not know the cost of organizing the “show” in an expensive tourist resort in another state.
Haryana Governor, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki said that public representatives and bureaucrats should serve the society with utmost sensitivity, cooperation and dedication in order to move forward with a vision.
Speaking on the concluding day of the “Chintan Shivir” , he expressed happiness that members of the cabinet, including the Chief Minister and senior bureaucrats, “have taken collective decisions for the development of state in multiple brainstorming sessions”.
Talking to the media at Pinjore in Haryana, Mr. Manohal Lal said that officers who were part and parcel of the sessions would take up one block each and ensure bringing them to a prescribed level. Necessary funds would be allocated for any special project or scheme in that block, he added.
The officers would prepare a new scheme for the selected blocks by identifying five to ten parameters from the “vision” emerging from the Shivir. He said that the blocks would remain the officers’ “selected blocks” even after their transfer to another department and they would work for the development of these blocks. The blocks which achieved the prescribed level, the officers concerned would be honoured on the Civil Services Day on April 21, 2018. If all blocks are bought above the prescribed level, irrespective of when the status is achieved, all officers would be honoured, he added.
The Chief Minister asserted that the faith of the people in the functioning of the present State Government had been enhanced. ” The officers have been asked to work freely without any pressure. “During the three years tenure of my Government, there has been a revolutionary change in the system. No person could get any teacher transferred in Haryana out of the system. Besides, every sarpanch, panch and member of the Block Samiti in Haryana has cleared Class X or Class VIII examination,” he added.
On the criticism by the opposition parties on the Chintan Shivir, he remarked that it was the job of the opposition to oppose anything even the good works done by the government but “we would continue to work for the betterment of the people of the State.” He further asserted with vehemence that the Chintan Shivir has been organized with minimum budget.” It had been decided to hold the Chintan Shivir at Parwanoo as the aim was to deliberate issues of public interest at a peaceful and isolated place without any disturbance.”
Mr.Manohar Lal said the officers were afraid as they were made to do wrong deeds by the previous governments. “But we have assured them not to be afraid of the five Cs – Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), court, Central Vigilance Commission, Comptroller of Accountant General (CAG) and Central Information Commission (CIC) and work in the public interest without any fear. The Government would fully assist them in this endeavour,” he added.
He further claimed that the first Chintan Shivir organised by the state government was an unprecedented success. It produced encouraging results and infused new energy in the participants for building a new Haryana. Good team spirit has been generated and everyone has agreed that there is need for greater involvement among government servants in the concerns of the state and its people, he added.
He asserted that all senior officers would now work together as a team to ensure that the benefits of development reached the last person in the queue.He urged them to introspect if they had gone off track. And if they had, then see how far they had deviated. “I have full faith that the officers can reignite the emotion of that first moment when they resolved to be the force that changes the system, and to serve the people,” he added.
The first session of the last day saw unveiling of working drafts for new action plans of various departments to double the income of farmers, to enhance efficiency of utilization of water, make more youth of Haryana Saksham and to rejuvenate urban life which will be reviewed on regular basis in every two years.