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Odisha : CM asks collectors to act as agents of change

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Bhubaneswar, June 11 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday asked the district collectors to act as agents of change to improve public service delivery and governance by focusing on ‘3Ts’ — Teamwork, Transparency and Technology.

“I expect all the collectors to act as agents of change for the betterment of the public service delivery mechanism of the government,” said the Chief Minister while inaugurating a three-day workshop here for collectors.

“Encouraging team spirit, ensuring transparency and effectively using technology to provide last-mile delivery of services to people will be the focus of our administration,” he added.

Asserting that people come to different government offices with faith and belief in the delivery mechanism, the Chief Minister asked the collectors to try their best to vindicate that faith of people and never let their belief in the officers to be destroyed.

He said feedback from people would also be obtained for improving service delivery and a web portal for collecting feedback from citizens has also been developed.

Patnaik launched a web portal seeking people’s feedback by June 30 for improving service delivery.

He will review the performance of collectors about improvement achieved by them through the use of the 3Ts formula.

“I will be reviewing the performance of collectors regarding improvement in Public Service Delivery through the use of 3Ts on a regular basis,” he said.

Patnaik listed rural housing, water supply, paddy procurement, schemes related to farmers, facilities for students, municipal services, youth and skill development, implementation of the Forest Rights Act and welfare schemes for construction workers and improvement of health service as the pro-people initiatives that his government has launched.

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DMK protests against Tamil Nadu Governor, Stalin detained

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Chennai, June 23: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday staged a protest against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

During agitation DMK working President MK Stalin was detained by the state police.

He told media “Protest is against Guv’s interference in federal structure”.

On Thursday, around 192 DMK cadres were detained in Trichy while they were holding a black-flag protest against Governor.

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Lalu Yadav’s provisional bail extended till July 3

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Ranchi, June 22: The Ranchi Court on Friday extended a provisional bail of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav till 3rd July.

Besides this, the court fixed June 29 to hear the plea of extending the bail period.

Earlier in the month, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief returned to Patna from Mumbai, where was undergoing treatment for his heart-related problem.

However, he was brought to Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai on Tuesday, following chest pain and low hemoglobin count.

On a related note, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi awarded 37 accused to jail terms between three to 14 years in April, in connection with the aforementioned case.

Among the 37 people, public servant O. P. Diwakar was sentenced to imprisonment of 14 years and a fine of Rs 2 crore; while 15 other public servants were given seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 crore each.

The case was filed by the probe agency on April 15, 1996, in compliance with the orders of the Patna High Court.

It involves fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 34.91 crore from the treasury of Bihar’s Dumka between 1991 and 1996.

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Kejriwal attacks Modi, Says How can PM deny time to elected CM

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New Delhi, June 22: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for denying time to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and termed it “unprecedented high-handedness”.

Kejriwal raised the issue while referring to a media report on Twitter which claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office has refused an appointment to the Kerala Chief Minister for the fourth time in a row.

“How can duly elected Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan be denied time by the Prime Minister. They wanted to discuss important issue of ration concerning poor people. The Prime Minister refusing to meet a Chief Minister for four times in a row! Unprecedented high-handedness. Whither federalism?” Kejriwal tweeted.

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