CM for holistic approach to govt schemes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Aug 2017 11:18:42


Staff Reporter,


Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh launched the comprehensive audio-visual on SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) amplifying the ideology of ‘antyoday’ and said, “Schemes should be made from heart. A holistic approach towards planning steps to achieve sustainable development goals will lead to effective implementation and also towards over-all well-being of people; especially those of the marginalised section of the society,” at the concluding session of the National Consultation on SDGs and Administrative Reforms jointly organised by State Planning Commission Chhattisgarh, National Foundation of India and State Administrative Reforms Commission Chhattisgarh Government, at Yojana Bhavan, Naya Raipur.`

Dr Singh said in his address that Chhattisgarh is a state with roughly 44 per cent of the forest cover, which has its own challenges. One cannot comprehend the development journey of Chhattisgarh only by looking at capital city Raipur, Durg and Bhilai. It is the positive changes in lives of even the marginalised section of Bastar and Sarguja region, which tells the tale of our journey. Chhattisgarh Government is formulating and enacting the schemes to bring about positive changed in lives of people of the last row.

Talking about the challenges at the time of formation of the state, Chief Minister said that Chhattisgarh Government has taken numerous measures for development in various sectors.

Dr Singh told that to provide education facility to the children of naxal-affected areas, Chhattisgarh Government has started pota-cabins, Prayas residential schools, and established education city in Dantewada, where thousands of naxal-affected children are availing education facilities.
As a result of State Government’s efforts, a large number of doctors and paramedical staff are serving in Dantewada and Bijapur.

To provide healthcare facility in naxal-affected region, we have appointed 26 doctors in Bijapur, 11 doctors in Sukma through Chief Minister Fellowship Programme. Likewise, State Government is also making consistent efforts to improve air, road and rail connectivity of the remote areas of State. Nearly 66,000 majra-tolas have been electrified and remaining villages will also be electrified soon, said Chief Minister. Dr Singh particularly mentioned about the major reform initiated by Chhattisgarh Government in the area of paddy procurement.

“We have created a strong network of production, procurement and distribution of food grains with zero-leakage. Now we are focusing on strengthening the system of minor forest produce procurement at support price”, said Dr Raman Singh.

Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Administrative Reform Commission S K Mishra said that healthy discussion on various topics took place in this national consultation, wherein many useful suggestions have been received from subject experts. Vice-Chairman of State Planning Commission Sunil Kumar read out the conclusions of the discussion held during the various sessions.

Towards the end of the consultation, all the panelists participated in drafting Naya Raipur Declaration, wherein they chalked out the guiding principles towards SDGs based on the suggestions received during the consultation. Accordingly the guiding principles were - Concerted actions with capacity enhancement of all stakeholders; Convergence of public actions at the level of rural and urban local self-governments is necessary in order to raise efficiency and effectiveness; Ensure availability of financial resources and efficiency in public expenditure through mobilisation of all resources at local levels, with a proactive roles of private players, non-government entities and communities; With its ability to facilitate responsive and people centric governance, technology would play a defining role in the endeavor towards these goals; Efforts for creating, developing, nurturing and customising technology for delivery of public services and governance; Information mechanism for monitoring of outcomes is essential for better decision-making in future; Public institutions, non-government entities and community institutions have to join hands, and make converged efforts towards SDGs; and Social audit and community based monitoring systems need to be institutionalised by engaging with youth in particular.