‘Officials should not think their job is over with implementation’
District-level officers should not only implement various government schemes meant for the people but also ensure that the benefits reached them through regular follow-up, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat K.M. Narayanaswamy has said.
Speaking at the Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) review meeting here on Friday, Mr. Narayanaswamy said that instead of merely getting involved in paperwork, officials should visit villages and check whether schemes were reaching the targeted beneficiaries. “If the officers think that their job is over with implementing schemes, then the purpose of introducing them will be defeated,” he said.
When officials of some departments failed to provide accurate information about various development schemes, Mr. Narayanaswamy directed them to come prepared for meetings. Any information about schemes taken up by the department should be at their fingertips, he said. When his attention was drawn to a complaint that the officers of the Horticulture Department were clearing bills of various schemes for payment only if they were submitted through agencies and others were being rejected, Mr. Narayanaswamy said that none of the bills submitted after completion of scheme should be kept pending for any reason. The Deputy Director of Horticulture Department would be held responsible for delays in releasing payment for completed projects.
While reviewing the progress of projects taken up by the Forest Department, he told the meeting that assistant conservators of forests were unwilling to take up planting of saplings on roadsides under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
Zilla panchayat president Geeta Basavaraj and vice-president Dyamanna were present.
‘Instead of getting involved in mere paperwork, officers should visit villages’ ‘Bills submitted after completion of scheme should not be kept pending’
‘Instead of getting involved in mere paperwork, officers should visit villages’
‘Bills submitted after completion of scheme should not be kept pending’