Bhubaneswar: From now on, lunch in government guest houses have become out of bounds for state ministers.
On Tuesday, chief minister Naveen Patnaik directed his ministerial colleagues to take lunch in orphanages, childcare institutions, schools and Aahaar centres while making surprise visit to these places.
The ministers, who visit the districts every month to monitor implementation of various programmes, generally have their food in government guest houses.
But this practice will now come to a stop with the latest directive.
“The ministers will be able to understand the problems of orphanages, childcare institutions, schools and Aahaar centres and test the quality of food by making surprise visit to these places,” said a statement issued by the chief minister’s office.
Frequent visits of ministers to these places will also lead to better management, it added.
The move is an extension of Naveen’s pro-people approach and emphasise on good governance.
The chief minister has also asked the ministers to ensure that their tour programme be kept secret and they should not take more than three to four people with them during their visits.
Given that the ministers submit monthly reports to the chief minister on various activities of their departments, Naveen has also asked his colleagues to write about their visits to places suggested by him and to give feedback to help improve the condition in those areas. Official sources in the chief minister’s office also said that similar instructions have also been issued to senior bureaucrats.
During a recent visit to Boudh district as part of the ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative, chief secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy and 5T secretary V K Pandian had lunch in a government-run Aahaar centre, where a person can have a meal for Rs 5 only.
In another visit to Keonjhar district, development commissioner Suresh Mohapatra, Pandian and senior officials had launch at Manoj Manjari Sishu Bhawan, a childcare institution run by the district administration.
In July, Naveen had asked his ministers to travel to districts and make surprise visits to different offices and institutions to ensure better governance and to improve service delivery. Later, he also sought monthly report from the ministers on those visits, said an official.