Ministers back to business - CM clears files, colleagues pledge result-oriented work

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By SANJEEV KUMAR VERMA
  • Published 21.06.13
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Patna, June 20: Ministers resumed work today with the intent of delivering results, a day after the JD(U) sailed through the trust vote.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar showed the way clearing pending files after meeting some supporters at 1 Aney Marg in the morning and announcing to give Rs 5 crore to the Uttarakhand government for deluge relief work. His cabinet colleagues followed suit — some were absorbed in clearing files, while few others conducted review meeting.

The hard and result-oriented work sermon of the chief minister ringing in their ears, the JD(U) ministers returned to their workstations — a pleasant departure from empty chambers in the past few days because of the political turmoil.

Sharing Nitish’s message to the ministers after breaking away from the BJP, food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak said: “The chief minister has specifically asked for result-oriented work and be ready to work harder for meeting the expectations of the people of the state.”

The minister appeared to have understood the message well as he convened a review meeting of his department today and directed the officials to expedite the computerisation work for brining transparency in the functioning of the department. He also directed the officials to complete the contractual appointment of block-level data entry operators latest by July 15.

“Regular procurement and timely delivery of foodgrain to people through fair price shops is another priority I have set for the department,” he said. “While I would spend two days in office for doing the routine works, the remaining five days of the week would be earmarked for field visits,” he added.

Rajak’s emphasis on field visit too appears to be a result of Nitish’s s priority on this front, as sugarcane industry minister Awadhesh Kushwaha said the chief minister had laid special emphasis on field visits.

“The chief minister is of the opinion that apart from holding review meetings, the ministers should regularly undertake field visits as it helps in monitoring work,” Kushwaha said, admitting that the responsibilities of the ministers had increased manifold with the JD(U) government replacing the alliance regime.

Water resources minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, considered to be the number two in the Nitish government, echoed Kushwaha. “We have enhanced responsibility now and our goal is not just to maintain the pace of work. We will try to better it,” said.

The minister, seen in tow with Nitish at every important occasion in the past few days, was seen clearing the pending files today.

Energy minister Bijendra Yadav said: “Had the performance been not the priority, the chief minister would not have suggested on his own to win the trust vote within 72 hours after snapping ties with the BJP. Political questions having been settled, we will now focus on our work,” he said.

Yadav agreed that ministers’ work did get affected during the recent political developments because they double up as leaders.

Some ministers appeared to have the inkling about the directives of the chief minister well in advance. They had started preparations for result-oriented work even during the course of the political turmoil.

“I had recently convened a meeting of the department officials in which works related to around 80 items were chalked out and the officials concerned were given the task to complete the works in a stipulated time. I will hold a review meeting in the third week of July to check whether the officials have done the assigned work or not,” rural development minister Nitish Mishra said.