Guwahati, May 2: Dispur today asked district heads to involve the elected representatives of local bodies for smooth implementation of government schemes and policies.
The observation was made by chief minister Tarun Gogoi at the inaugural session of the two-day review meeting with the deputy commissioners and superintendent of police at the Assam secretariat conference hall here today. The review was being held after over a year.
Gogoi said the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police must be more responsive towards the needs of the people and they should make more field visits to feel the pulse of the people which will help them redress their grievances thus taking the administration to the doorsteps of the people. “Respect should also be given to elected representatives so that implementation becomes smooth. And we should be having this review every three months from now,” he said.
He underscored the need to focus on rural development as majority of the populace lives in rural areas. “Our government’s focus is rural centric. There will be a sea change in the economy of the state if the rural areas flourish and prosper,” he added, apparently with an eye on the ensuing panchayat polls.
The government would be introducing a grading system based on the performance of the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police with evaluation and monitoring will be done by retired civil servants so that only the best performing districts get the award,” he added.
Gogoi warned that the government would not spare those who neglect their duties on flimsy grounds. “However, we will give full protection to those who make genuine mistakes while discharging their duties,” he said.
On the law and order front, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said though the law and order situation in the state has improved, the incidents of abductions and extortion are on the rise and matters of serious concern. “Though the overall law and order situation in the state has improved following the laying down of arms by major militant outfits and coming forward for peace talks. This has resulted in a steep fall in civilian killings, the incidents of kidnappings for ransom, extortion, woman and child trafficking have gone up. These are serious matters that need to be tackled by the police administration with a firm hand,” he added.
Gogoi gave away the best trophy to the deputy commissioner, Nagaon, P. Ashok Babu, for registering the highest revenue collection.