Payment of relief to farmers should be made on war-footing

Strict action to be taken on delay in beneficiary-oriented schemes

6 employees including joint director suspended for negligence in complaint redressal

CM Mr. Chouhan directs during video-conferencing

lead2.12.15Bhopal, December 2, 2015 (Muslim Saleem):   Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that top priority should be attached to distribution of relief to farmers and this work should be undertaken at war-footing. He directed to abolish condition of income tax payer for this year. Besides, he made it clear that collectors will be responsible for easy and timely distribution of benefits of schemes to beneficiaries. Strict action will be taken on irregularities in it. The Chief Minister was addressing officers through video-conferencing here today. Earlier, he took stock of disposal of public grievances at Samadhan Online. He directed for suspension of five personnel of Mandi Board including a Joint Director due to negligence.

Mr. Chouhan directed officers to take work of distribution of relief to farmers as a challenge. This should be done on top priority and war-footing. Services of employees of various departments should be availed for this. He said that this year, condition of not being income tax payer for purpose of relief is being abolished since it is delaying process to distribute relief. Besides, he also said that strict action should be taken against the employees causing disturbance in relief distribution. He also sought district-wise information about relief distribution.

He directed collectors to distribute relief within a prescribed time-limit. It was informed that relief worth Rs. 337 crore has been distributed in the state so far and deposited directly in bank accounts of farmers. The Chief Minister made it clear to collectors to ensure that benefits of various schemes are extended to the lowest level within time-limit. No delay or irregularity in it will be tolerated. He said that be would himself learn ground realities from common people during visits to districts.

Delivery mechanism of various schemes should be rectified so that beneficiaries face no problems. He directed to distribute pension at Gram Sabha announcing this by beating of drums a day before so that beneficiaries are not forced to take rounds of banks. He also said that collectors work as representatives of Chief Minister. There should be no irregularity in implementation of schemes. The Chief Minister expressed displeasure with Damoh Collector Mr. Shriniwas Sharma for talking to others during video-conferencing. He directed the Chief Secretary to issue notice to him. He gave clear-cut instructions to officers to improve their functioning and conduct.