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Odisha : CM asks collectors to act as agents of change




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.



Dumka fodder case: CBI court to pronounce verdict against Lalu Yadav today




Ranchi, March 19: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Monday is likely to pronounce verdict in the fourth fodder scam case, involving Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and 30 others.

The RJD Chief,  who has been admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) after falling sick in the jail on Saturday, would not be present in the court, ANI reported.

On Saturday, the court deferred the verdict to March 19.

Lalu along with other is accused of fraudulently withdrawing Rs. 3.13 crore from Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996, when he was the chief minister of Bihar.

Prasad is already serving a jail term of 13.5 years in three fodder cases and lodged in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda jail.

Apart from the RJD Chief, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and 29 people, including former IAS officers and some officials are also accused in the matter.


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Sidhu apologises to Manmohan for past remarks



Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday publicly apologised to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his past remarks on him, terming him both “a Sardar and also Asardar (effective)”.

“I want to apologise to Sardar Manmohan Singh with my head hanging down… I want to say that Sardar Manmohan Singh, what your maun (silence) has done, the noise made by BJP could not do so,” he said in his address at the 84th Congress Plenary session.

“I realised it (about UPA’s achievements) after 10 years, Sir. But, you will say it is better late than never. I wish to say something about your silence,” said Sidhu and went onto recite an Urdu couplet: “Parindon ki manzil milegi hamesha, yeh phaile huye unke pankh bolte hain/Wohi log rehte khamosh aksar, zamane mein jinke hunar bolte hain (That birds will find their destination, this is their wings strewn about indicate/But the actions of those who remain silent ring around the world).”

Heaping further praise on the former PM, Sidhu also said: “Sir, you can become an astrologer, you had predicted a 2 per cent fall in GDP and it did. And during your time, economy was galloping like a ‘Arbi ghora’ (Arabic steed). Now the GDP is growing at a turtle’s pace.”

“BJP people should listen. An Arbi ghora can become weak and old, but is much better than a pack of donkeys. It was like taking a dip in Ganga bowing in front of you. You are a Sardar and also Asardar,” he added.

When a BJP MP, Sidhu had called Manmohan Singh “a pappu PM” and that he may be a “sardar” but he was not “asardar”.


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Modi pursuing personalised foreign policy bereft of direction: Congress



Anand Sharma

New Delhi, March 18: The Congress on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for pursuing a “personalised foreign policy”, saying it was “confused and bereft of focus and direction”.

In its 84th Plenary session, the party noted that the Modi’s tendency to disparage his predecessors and diminish India’s achievements since Independence has undercut the country’s credibility abroad.

Moving the resolution on foreign policy, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the Prime Minister was known for his “propaganda” and condemned his actions of showing disrespect to the party’s predecessors saying: “It is not an insult to the Congress party or its leaders, but an insult to the nation.”

The resolution said: “Foreign policy has always been marked with continuity with the backing of a strong national consensus. Unfortunately, the BJP government has disrupted it, and its ill-advised actions have unravelled the national consensus.

“The government is carried away by its own propaganda, and has mismanaged India’s relations with major partner countries. Its foreign pplicy is confused and bereft of focus and direction.

“The Prime Minister has pursued a personalised foreign policy. The foreign policy engagements and (Modi’s) visits abroad, have been reduced to being purely transactional.

“The discarding of India’s historic role in the Non-Aligned Movement, and the continuous dismissal of our past accomplishments in foreign policy, led to the piquant situation of foreign leaders hailing Nehru’s contributions at the Indo-African Forum Summit and the 50th Anniversary of the Bandung Conference.

“Regrettably, the official Indian speeches omitted all mention of his (Nehru’s), and India’s, major contributions.”

The resolution added: “The world today, is going through a comprehensive transformation in international relations.

“This is a period of unusual uncertainty and unexpected changes. This poses complex challenges for our foreign policy. A rapidly transforming and uncertain global landscape, demands a carefully crafted national security strategy.”


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