PATNA: In a record of sorts, 5,200 field officers conduced surprise inspections of different government schemes at 36,397 locations across the state in a single day on Thursday. The inspections were conducted on CM Nitish Kumar’s directive to verify whether the benefits of different government schemes were reaching to the targeted beneficiaries or not.
Chief secretary Deepak Kumar had asked the selected officers to ensure ‘spot visit’ to know the actual status of schemes. Interestingly, they were informed about their places to visit only at 8pm the previous night. They were asked to interact with the intended beneficiaries and local people to get a realistic picture for proper review of the schemes.
Sources said 366 field officers of social welfare department inspected 728 anganwadi centres in different districts, while 712 from food and consumer protection department visited 977 PDS shops and inquired about the foodgrain distribution. Similarly, 37 officers of the SC/ST welfare department inspected 37 hostels run by the department. The maximum 3,818 officers of rural development department inspected altogether 34,180 houses under construction under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin.
Similarly, 407 officers of education department inspected 407 primary and secondary schools across the state. Altogether 67 officers of health department visited 67 primary health centres and inquired from public about the facilities provided there.
The inspection outcome could not be known on Friday as the departments concerned were yet to receive reports from field officers. “The state government will meticulously scrutinize the inspection reports to know the ground realities and take corrective measures to ensure effective implementation of different schemes,” a senior official told TOI.
Earlier in June, the chief secretary had instructed the officers to tone up the administrative arrangements and make the bureaucrats more sensitive towards common people’s problems. All prominent field officers, from principal secretary/secretary/ divisional commissioners/DMs to circle officers/block development officers and from DGP to SSPs/SPs to SHOs, were asked to remain present in their office on every Friday and meet the visitors/common people to hear their grievances.