Arvind Kejriwal to officials: Go more on field to understand impact of policies

Arvind Kejriwal directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to ensure all Secretary-level officers submit reports after spending half a day every week on the ground.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 5:45 pm
Arvind Kejriwal, AAP, Kejriwal directive to officials, AAP governance Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI Photo)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered top officials in the state to conduct more field visits to help understand the impact policies are making at the grassroots, reported NDTV on Wednesday. He directed Chief Secretary MM Kutty to ensure all Secretary-level officers submit reports after spending at least half a day every week on the ground. This is the second order issued to Kutty by Kejriwal this week, the first regarding non-payment of dues to medical vendors.

“Unless we know the situation first hand, all policies will remain on paper only,” Kejriwal is quoted as saying in a directive to Delhi’s most senior bureaucrat, Kutty, by NDTV. Although he’s asked officials to make at least one visit a week, he is advocating as many field visits as possible.

Read: Vendor dues not cleared, CM Arvind Kejriwal seeks report from chief secretary. Read more here.

The directive comes a day after Kejriwal directed Kutty to submit a report regarding unpaid dues to vendors that supply medicines to government hospitals. He also asked Kutty to implement a system to ensure dues that have not been cleared are done so within a stipulated time frame, and if not are paid with interest. The interest will be deducted from the salaries of those held responsible for the delay, officials said.

In a separate order, he asked the Public Works Department (PWD) secretary to personally ensure drains in the city are cleaned ahead of the monsoons. Kejriwal last week revived the practice of officials and ministers meeting people once a day for an hour who have not set up an appointment with them.

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    Naren B
    May 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    What action did you take against Satyendra Jain for non payment of bills for medical supplies to vendors ? When you removed Kapil Mishra you said Kapil was removed because of inflated water bills. Is this not double standards ? You should have removed Satynedra Jain when he appointed his daughter as advise without any interview or adverti t for the job. What about Nikunj Agarwal ? who is he? to whom he related ?
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      Bhadrapati Devi
      May 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm
      This funny IITian is innovating funny instruction to the experienced officials. Be practical Arvind otherwise officials will not listen you.
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        Manohar Sharma
        May 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm
        Kejriwal is a HAWALA King in Delhi.
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          National
          May 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm
          Since ACB is snatched away by Modi govt from Kejriwal govt, the bureaucrats are not afraid of kejri and are not implementing Kejriwal's policy in desired manner. They know that Modi's ACB would save them. All these mess has been created by HC by not giving practical ru s... more so because afraid of Modi that their promotion would not be approved by him if judgement was not as desired by Modi. People should understand all these
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            Bhadrapati Devi
            May 31, 2017 at 7:48 pm
            He has directed officials to encourage field visit at the cost of pending work. His third-cl policy is impractical in the real function of official duty on the ground. His call may be ignored by all wise and practical administrators. His Janata Darbar of addressing grievance of people Delhi failed due to lack practical wisdom.
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