Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday administered the ‘Mo Sarkar’ (My Government) pledge to IAS officers at the Senior Officers’ conference here, reiterating that people visiting public institutions should be treated with dignity.
“People are the soul of democracy. Every institution in a democracy is for the people …… created by their money….. to empower and serve the people. Every institution exists for serving the people ……..they own the institutions. Every person visiting any institutions will be treated with dignity and his issues have to be treated in a professional and ethical manner. People are the masters and those who work are paid by the people,” read out the Chief Minister and all the Ministers and IAS officers present on the occasion repeated it.
Terming the four and half crore people as members of his family, the Chief Minister urged senior officers to work for transformative changes in people’s lives. He also urged them to share transformational game changing ideas with him directly which can bring in transformation.
On October 2 last year, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Patnaik launched the ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme, a first of its kind initiative in the country, with an objective to provide service to people, coming to Government offices, with dignity, all the departments dealing with delivery of public services.
The State Government organised the day-long Senior Officers’ Conference at the new convention centre inside the Lokseva Bhavan premises here which was first of its kind.
Though the State Government generally organises Collectors’ conference every year, it was the first instance when such a conference involving Collectors to Secretaries is being held.
While group of Secretaries made presentations on themes, namely, new-age technology and innovation, Odisha: leveraging soft power, infrastructure for growth, livable, sustainable and inclusive, the future cities of Odisha and inclusive governance in the first half of the conference, the second half was dedicated for the issues and challenges faced in day to day administration and public service delivery, wherein presentations made by the groups of Collectors on the themes, “Livelihood, health, school education, women empowerment and governance challenges at district level.
All IAS officers of Odisha, including all Secretaries and district Collectors attended the one-day brainstorming.