Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday told officials to be more connected to people and respond to concerns expressed by people’s representatives.
She was speaking at the inaugural session of conference of collectors and SPs at the secretariat in Jaipur.
Her directive came in the wake of several MLAs complaining about non-responsiveness on the part of officials.
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During the recent temple demolition row too, RSS leaders and MLAs had complained of official high-handedness in the process of removal and relocation of heritage temples.
“If I can reply to 5,000 letters and return calls that I missed, why can’t you,” asked Raje, instructing officials to respond to calls and return missed calls.
Raje also asked district collectors to be more sensitive in their working style and “more connected” to the people.
The CM directed officials to monitor the implementation of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan closely in order for the state to be Open Defecation Free by 2018.
She asked collectors to learn from the experience of Udaipur, which had attained higher levels of cleanliness through people’s involvement.
Raje said officials should work to remove “wide stretches of encroachment on industrial land” and seriously monitor power thefts since the power companies were under a debt of Rs 80,000 crore.
“The administration must participate actively in ‘electrification camps’ and ‘bijlee choupals’ starting from August 16,” she said.