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CS directs Collectors to ensure Minimum Guaranteed Service in remote areas of State




 Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today exhorted District Collectors to ensure Minimum Guaranteed Service (MGS) in remote areas.

In his address at the concluding session of the three-day Collectors’ workshop held today here in State Secretariat, Padhi said service delivery connectivity needs to be established in all remote areas of the State. He, suggested to keep track of the all the service providers serving in the far flung areas along with the frequency of their visit to unconnected areas, the service that they provided and the suggestions that they submitted. 

 “Collectors were advised to form homogenous and sustainable mission shakti groups in each block at the rate of five per Anganwadi Center area. They were advised that these mission shakti groups should not be confined to mere borrowing, lending and some economic activities. They should also be oriented towards social mobilization”, the chief secretary said. He added that the collectors were also asked to expeditiously deal with the forest clearance issues for extension of rural electrification and were advised to provide all support and assistance to both the central and State level executing agencies at field level.

Padhi said quick sanction and timely delivery of benefits under Chief Ministers’ Relief Fund was highlighted in the meeting. He told the collectors that Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) is aimed at most vulnerable sections of the society. “Sufficient funds have been provided to the districts for the purpose. The Collectors have also been delegated the powers of sanction and disbursement under CMRF”, he informed.

The chief secretary said the collectors should intervene immediately as and when  sufferings of a deserving case is noticed and provide the relief immediately utilizing the fund. “They were also asked to ensure timely disbursement of sanctions under Harischandra Yojana aimed at death rituals of the poor person”, he stated.

Padhi advised the collectors to open official Facebook and Twitter accounts at the district level and keep responsible officers in charge of quickly responding to the issues and grievances raised by the people. They were also asked to follow Chief Ministers Facebook and Twitter accounts through their official accounts. “Collectors were further advised to form Whatsapp groups involving district level officers for immediate resolution of the issues and redressal of the grievances. Further, the collectors were advised to sanitize the data base of the ration card holders by exclusion of death cases and inclusion of new births regularly. Carrying forward of the Aadhar seeding of the ration card holders was also highlighted”, he stated.

As of now, around 88 pc of the ration cards have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers. The Collectors were also directed to look into field level implementation of the reforms introduced in “ease of doing businesses”. 

Padhi said as many as 15 major  interventions areas including Mission Shakti, Rural Electrification, sanction of relief under Chief Ministers’ Relief Fund , Internet connectivity to gram panchayats, use of social media, Inclusion and exclusion under National Food Security Act,  Aadhaar Enrolment,  extending the outreach of social security measures, promotion of handloom & textile units, identification of land bank for land bank and alienation of category –A land to IDCO , ground level implementation of the reforms in ‘ease of doing business’, implementation of the programme  Unnati in urban areas, reduction of fatalities in road accidents, computerization of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, revitalizing the Govt Industrial Training Centers were reviewed in the last session of the workshop.






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