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Darbar plan at resident doorstep

Darbhanga, June 6: District magistrate and collector R. Laxmanan has decided to hold his janata darbar in sub-divisions this month to listen to residents’ grievances and dispose of them on time.

Keeping in line with the tradition, the magistrate, till last month, held the meetings at his office in the district headquarters.

To start with, Laxmanan would hold a darbar in the Benipur sub-division on June 14, while the residents of Biroul sub-division could meet him with their grievances on June 21.

The administration has asked the sub-divisional officers concerned to arrange the meetings in a way that the residents could directly approach the magistrate.

With Laxmanan deciding to move out of the district headquarters, the residents of Biroul and Brenipur sub-divisions, about 60km and 25km respectively from Darbhanga, would not have to cover long distances to attend the darbar.

“We would, for the first time, conduct the janata darbar outside the district head-quarters. The darbars would be held in close vicinity of the sub-divisions so that the residents do not have to travel long distances,” Laxmanan told The Telegraph.

Alok Kumar Jha, a resident of Biroul Bazaar, said, “Many applicants, particularly women, widows, elderly and poor people, avoid visiting the janata darbar because each has to spend at least Rs 100 to go to the darbar. Besides, it takes at least five hours to go to the district headquarters and return. It would be convenient for us if the darbar is held in the sub-division.”