Bhubaneswar, Dec 4
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today directed officials to ensure service and create mass awareness on various welfare initiatives launched by the State government.
His directives came at a high level meeting a day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced his Government’s ambitious ‘PEETHA’ (People’s Empowerment – Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives).
He directed the Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj Department Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh to prepare an action plan for the successful implementation of the schemes announced by the State Government.
Padhi said the PEETHA camps will be organized in every Gram Panchayat across the State from December 15 to 20, January 15 to 20, February 15 to 20 and March 15 to 20.
“PEETHA programme is mainly to focus on creating mass awareness and delivering services at the micro level (Panchayat level). It has been aimed to see that all the services delivered by the State Government are made in an organized manner in the next three months,” he said.
He later told reporters that the meeting discussed about working out in details with the respective departments on the timings to hold what programme and what benefits to be distributed to the beneficiaries.
Singh said as announced by the Chief Minister benefits such as LED bulb, Old Age pension, Artist pension, Mission Shakti will be distributed to the beneficiaries during the camps.
“Besides, awareness will be created among the people on the various schemes and programmes of the State Government being implemented,” he added.
During the camp, cultural events will be performed, leaflets, posters and banners will be distributed, films shown to the people installing TV sets.
“Also people’s grievances will be heard there and redressed at the camp organized by the Panchayati Raj Department and the nodal departments,” Singh added.
Notably, the Chief Minister yesterday had announced that the Collectors will coordinate at the district level while the BDOs will coordinate at the Block level and the Gram Panchayat officials will coordinate at the Panchayat level.
New beneficiaries will also be benefitted at the camp.
The Chief Minister has informed yesterday that PEETHA is a sub-scheme of Ama Gaon Ama Bikas.
He had stressed awareness generation about the important initiatives of the State Government on various themes.
The Panchayat in each Block will be awarded with Rs 5 lakh for organising PEETHA. Upon completion of camps, the best Panchayats in each district will be awarded at the district level.
Similarly at the State Level Panchayats, Blocks and best Districts will be felicitated and awarded with special funds.