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Joint Conference of District Collectors-District Development Officers chaired by the Chief Minister

“Heads of district administration need to work as public servants in a democracy under the Constitution with devotion and honesty as per expectation and satisfaction of people”

“Good governance is built on the four pillars of transparency, sensitiveness, decisiveness and progressiveness”

“Officers’ performance is measured as per people’s perception”

– Vijay Rupani


Gandhinagar, Monday: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today directed District Collectors and District Development Officers (DDOs) of the state at their one-day joint conference here today to proactively apply technology through transparency in good governance to serve people’s welfare programmes.

He described this conference as a platform for deliberations and as the guiding path for the coming days. He asked the officers to discharge their responsibilities and duties as district level public servant in a democratic system as laid down in the Constitution with full devotion and honesty as per the aspirations and expectations of the public to create a bright image and perception about the government.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, Revenue Minister Kaushikbhai Patel and Minister of State for Co-operation Jaydrathsinh Parmar also joined the conference.

Mr. Rupani exhorted the newly appointed Collectors and DDOs to apply technology with the help of internet and websites, which disseminate any information around the world in real-time. People also expect the benefits reached them in time. In such a situation, it demands change in work culture particularly for Collectors and DDOs in discharging their duty in their respective districts.

Even as the entire administration was busy day and night to combat and control the coronavirus Covid-19 during the crisis, he complimented the officers for spiritedly rising up to the occasion on a mission mode.

The Chief Minister said that this government functioned as all its schemes are built on the four pillars of transparency, sensitive, decisive and progressive. The objective is to take good governance to the last man in the last mile, down to the lowest level. The district administration has to play a big role in building perception of good governance. He said public service is divine service. Feeling towards the public, fast clearance of pending works, zero tolerance against corruption, taking initiative as district heads, taking office and field karma yogis along, and improve the government’s image on all employees.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has handed over good governance to Gujarat and the state is developing on that path to make it even more developed. He expected the newly appointed officers’ posting in Gujarat cadre in the beginning of career will help them deliver good governance for time to come. He suggested the officers try to solve people’s problems and keep track of development works online as far as possible, so that they do not have to make rounds of different offices.

Mr. Rupani said that government officers are not expected to be thick-skinned but sensitive to people’s problems and in no case allow wrong-doers. The public should have faith on the administration. The Collectors and DDOs have to prove their ability in this challenging age of social and electronic media as well. There could be bona fide mistakes, the government will stand by them. But there is no place for deliberate mala fide mistakes.

He asked them to ensure law and order situation in their respective district and also give an impression of the rule of law, particularly in enforcing Acts to check goondaism, land grabbing, forcible religious conversion like jehad.

Mr. Rupani asked them to regularly upload data onto the state-level CM Dashboard for real-time monitoring of day-to-day feedings of key indicators, a necessity for strengthening the district’s performance. They should be proactive, assertive, go on field visits and have first hand feel at Seva Kendra, encourage others, seek feedback and follow-up. Their performance is measured as per the people’s perception.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel said that field visits, followed up with instructions have salutary effect on the working of different works – be they roads or buildings, CHC, PHC, general hygiene. He unveiled the Action Plan for likely third wave of coronavirus.

Chief Secretary Anil Mukim explained the objectives of this joint conference, laying stress on priorities of the time like vaccination drive and flagship progrmmes.

Senior Secretaries made presentations on important programmes of the government like Nal Se Jal.

Others who attended the conference included Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan and his Additional Chief Secretary M.K. Das and other Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat