Having discontinued “Janata Darbar”, the Bihar government is set to introduce a “Lok Samvad” programme in an effort to get public feedback and suggestions to help improve its different programmes.
The Bihar Cabinet Friday gave its nod to “Lok Samvad” under the Cabinet Secretariat department. It is set to start from December.
Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said under Lok Samvad, people will advise the government on its various programmes. “The idea is to incorporate public suggestions,” he said.
Janata Darbar was stopped with the implementation of Public Grievances Redressal Act in June this year. “Lok Samvad would come in a different format, under which people can make suggestions on speedy implementation of welfare programmes,” a government official said.
Sources said the new programme would be held Mondays, preferably on two or three Mondays a month, depending on CM Nitish Kumar’s availability in Patna.
The opposition BJP, however, said Lok Samvad cannot replace Janata Darbar, which was held at all levels — from the level of the CM to the local police station SHO.