The Telegraph
Wednesday , June 4 , 2014
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CM fiat on petty crimes

Ranchi, June 3: Chief minister Hemant Soren today directed officials to ensure proper implementation of all welfare projects and asked the police department to curb petty crimes along with fighting against Naxalites.

Hemant also directed deputy commissioners to seek permission from competent authorities before leaving their respective district headquarters.

The chief minister, who returned to the state capital after a vacation, touched down at Birsa Munda airport around 2pm and immediately summoned acting chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty, who was busy presiding over a review meeting at a city hotel.

Senior officials of various departments, deputy commissioners from districts and heads of urban municipal bodies were also present at the meeting held to assess progress of various welfare and development schemes and general law and order situation.

“The chief minister inquired about what surfaced during the deliberations. I told him that discussions were still on. He asked me to tell senior police officials present at the meeting to take effective measures to check petty crimes as well, especially thefts, instead of focusing only on anti-Naxalite operations,” Chakraborty to The Telegraph.

Later, the chief minister, turning up at the meeting venue around 3.30pm, announced that he review performance of every department from tomorrow.

After that, he would start a statewide tour to see himself the real status of various projects at the grassroots level.

Later speaking to mediapersons, the acting chief secretary said, “It is very difficult to say which district is excelling, but performance of East Singhbhum district is apparently better.”

State DGP Rajeev Kumar told mediapersons that he had raised the issue of filling up around 18,000 vacant posts of constables at the earliest. Significant police achievements in the recent past and problems being faced in routine functioning were also discussed, he added.