Checks Work as Balances
The Assam government this year reintroduced the concept of Raijor Podulit Raijor Sarkar (People’s government at people’s doorstep), first initiated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in 2002. The government will create a grievances cell in every department. “The people’s government model will go all the way to the micro level with block officials going to the villages to inquire about problems,” says Gogoi.
The government is also filling up all vacancies on a priority basis. “The Finance Department had sanctioned 88,298 posts in various departments. So far, 36,443 appointments have been made. All ministers have been told to fill vacancies,” says Gogoi.
The youth brigade in the Cabinet has played its part in ensuring governance reaches the grassroots. As education minister, Gogoi’s trusted aide Himanta Biswa Sarma started the practice of sudden office inspections.