Nitish's janata durbar, a lesson for Kejriwal

Nitish's janata durbar, a lesson for Kejriwal

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been successfully holding the janata durbar for the last eight years, the exercise might serve as a lesson for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal whose attempt at holding a similar event ended in chaos.

Ever since he came to power in November 2005, Kumar has put in place a forum where citizens can register their grievances and get it redressed at the highest level. And unlike Kejriwal, all and sundry are not allowed to rush to the durbar in droves. A systematic approach is in place to deal with pre-identified specific area every Monday.

On January 20, the third Monday of the month, Nitish will be holding a janata durbar. The chief minister will be addressing problems related to road, power and water. Similarly, the first Monday of the month will deal with cases related to law and order, besides land disputes.

The second Monday has been reserved for cases related to education, health, welfare, SCs/STs and minorities. The fourth Monday is reserved exclusively for party workers, if people do come with a petition from far-flung areas, they are not shooed away.

If the month has a fifth Monday, Udyami Panchayat is held where issues related to the industrial sector will be dealt with.Though the programme has been a success, it is equally true that not all the complainants go back fully satisfied.

Nitish said: “It’s not possible to satisfy all the people all the time. There are many who come with bizarre petitions. Then there are few who are more interested in shouting and drawing media attention. There are some people whom I deliberately send them to the media so that if their case is highlighted in newspapers or TV channels, their grievances are redressed fast.”

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