Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN: Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri has ordered all district magistrates in the State to make it a point to listen to public grievances on a particular day every week so as to provide better governance and justice to the masses.

Addressing the district magistrates and police chiefs at a meeting here to review development programmes and the law and order situation in the State on Thursday, Mr. Khanduri expressed displeasure over a large number of complaints about old-age pension and widow pension coming to him during the weekly “Janata Milan” programmes. These and most other issues should be sorted out at the district level itself, he said, adding that action would be taken against officials from whose districts such complaints come in future.

By resolving grievances at the local level the officials could ensure better development and also save time and money spent by the poor in coming to the Capital, he added. Mr. Khanduri took strong exception to district officials failing to identify land for setting up industries in the hills under the new industrial policy.

The Chief Minister ordered the police chiefs to step up vigil in the face of the increased threat perception in the country and identify mischief-mongers and any outsiders staying in their areas for no valid reason.