Checks Work as Bal­ances

India Today - - THE STATE OF THE STATES -

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.

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