Bhubaneswar: “My Government is a people’s government. Nobody could be more important than people themselves. Mo Sarkar initiative demands accountability of the highest order from the public servants,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today at the inclusion of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department under Mo Sarkar at a function at Loka Seva Bhavan.
Congratulating the Department for launching the Mo Sarkar Initiative, the Chief Minister said, “This is one of the most important departments of the State Government that has engaged about 3.30 Crore beneficiaries, nearly 79 per cent of the State’s population, with food security provisions.
Managing work at such a gigantic proportion needs exceptional skills, suitable systems with an extensive database, and commitment by the workforce. The effort of the department in this direction is appreciated.
Mo Sarkar, as an innovative governance initiative, has caught the imagination of all including policymakers and the general public. It aims at developing a mindset among the public servants that treats the general public with dignity and is ready to provide service with absolute professionalism.
The initiative demands accountability of the highest order from the public servants. “We are a people’s government, and nobody could be more important than people themselves. `Portability’ in PDS distribution in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is encouraging. This will empower beneficiaries to have their choice in collecting ration from any shop. It should be replicated gradually in the entire State.”
Home delivery of ration to old, infirm, differently-abled, terminally ill and other similar persons is a very benevolent step. Identify more such beneficiaries who are in need of this service and provide ration at their doorsteps. Participation of Women Self Help Groups as retailers in the Public Distribution System should be encouraged to empower women, Naveen added.
“Officials on the field must ensure that not a single eligible and deserving person is deprived. At the same time, intensive effort must be put in place to sanitize the database of beneficiaries. All these transformational initiatives will be fruitful if officers deliver public services in a professional manner.”
During the programme, Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said that the Department is committed to serving the people in a professional manner. “We have developed and put in place an efficient feedback system for the purpose,” he added.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that accountability is the soul of the Mo Sarkar initiative. The Government will reward or punish an employee depending on the kind of feedback received. “The Government has the confidence that the employees can perform better and provide better service to the people of the State. If the feedback till now is any indication, the future of the Mo Sarkar initiative looks very bright,” he said.
5-T Secretary VK Pandian interacted with officers of the Department including CSOs of Nuapada, Balasore and Mayurbhanj, MIs of Remuna, Simulia, Thakrumunda, Titlagarh, Daringbadi, Phiringia and Similiguda. Most of the officers could satisfactorily reply on the basic tenets of Mo Sarkar initiative.
Providing further information under Mo Sarkar, Pandian said that anybody who comes to a Government office is a beneficiary under Mo Sarkar. In the case of Food Supplies Department, the Women SHGs, Panchayat officials, Whole seller, Retailers whoever comes to the office, is a beneficiary, and he or she should be provided all the services available with dignity and in a professional manner.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary VV Yadav, outlined the initiative of Food and Civil Supplies Department. A small documentary was also screened on the activities of the Department.