In a bid to give an early start to the Congress plan of strengthening the party ahead of the 2014 polls,senior Congress leaders on Friday met Jan Sevaks of the party from across the state. The leaders were in turn met with several demands from Jansevaks,who are responsible for seeing that flagship programmes of the state and central governments are implemented in their areas.
At the meeting,the Jansevaks presented Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Manikrao Thakre and All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash with a volley of demands. One was to elevate Jan Sevaks to Special Executive Officers (SEOs). They said it was being delayed.
Addressing them,Thakre said the party is now ready with an exhaustive Jan Vikas Sampark Abhiyaan or outreach programme under which the party would get a firm structure for rural development programmes to build the partys base. The partys Gram Vikas Samiti and Ward committees will all be appointed before the May 31,he said.
He said his vision is to see 25 lakh members of these development committees working at the grassroots level,he said.
Chavan as well as Prakash talked at length about providing relief in water scarcity-hit areas of Maharashtra.
Prakash said If we dont go to the prime minister for seeking drought relief,whom should we go to,the IPL, he asked in an apparent dig at ally NCP. Senior Congress leaders have been facing criticism over the drought relief package being sought from the Centre.
Prakash told Jan Sevaks to visit each and every household.
Chavan said the Central and state governments flagship programmes including employment guarantee would hold the party in good stead if implemented thoroughly. He said expectations were high from Jan Sevaks to work as friends of the poor.
Firm measures are essential for prioritising irrigation projects,Chavan said.
Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said Chavan also spoke about the 12 districts where the Human Development Index (HDI) is lower than the national average.