Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das has aired his priority of rural infrastructure development during a high-level meeting of the administrative officials held in view of the next financial year.
The meeting was held at Project Bhavan in the presence of heads of various government departments. The CM has observed that without enhancing basic amenities like water, road, power, health care services and education development of villages will remain incomplete.
In that case Naxalite menace could not be wiped out, he said.
The CM on the occasion asked the officials to monitor construction of roads and bridges in villages and conduct a survey on progress of the work. He said that disciplinary action would be taken against the concerned officials found lacking commitment while executing their official work. “Misuse of development funds would not be tolerated anymore,” he said.
Reviewing health services the CM said that the concerned department would have to ensure that doctors attend patients in rural health centres and there is enough stock of medicines at hospitals at far flung areas.
“Our government is committed to provide better health care services to far out villages. There is a need of extended publicity of health helpline no 104 and ambulance services no 108 among rural population. Appointments of expert doctors in Sadar Hospitals have to be ensured. Filling up vacant posts would also have to be ensured as per the directives of Medical Council of India,” Raghubar Das said.
Discussing affairs of department of energy the Chief Minister directed the officials to ensure power connectivity in every village. He ordered for surprise drives to check illegal power theft and installation of meters. He asked to officials to set up mechanism so as to monitor power theft and revenues generated in a particular area. He said that tapping solar energy would help rural electrification.
On rural development the CM urged the departments to involve local villagers and Gram Sabha for executive development projects. Partnering with the villagers will help setting up good governance and arrest problems such as displacement and extremism, he observed. The CM on the occasion announced Panchayat Award scheme under which awards would be given to panchyats doing good work in rural development.
He passed order to renovate ponds ahead of the monsoon.
The CM also advocated for strengthening cottage industry and launching skill development programmes for new employment opportunities. Laying stress on e-governance he said that each department must appoint IT managers, programmers and skilled computer operators.
Besides CM others including his chief secretary, Sanjay Kumar, chief secretary (Finance), Rajbala Verma, chief secretary (IT), NN Sinha, chief secretary (Project), Arun Kumar Singh, and health secretary K Vidyasagar were present in the meeting.