CM takes stock of progress

Reviews functioning of 11 departments along with ministers

The CM on Tuesday sat through the day in Vidhana Soudha and reviewed the progress of 11 major departments along with the ministers concerned. Agriculture, RDPR, Co-operation, Water Resources, Animal Husbandry are among 11 departments. It is perhaps for the first time he went into a huddle with his ministerial colleagues and took stock of the progress.

Yeddyurappa will continue holding meetings with other ministers in the next two days in Vidhana Soudha, followed by two day Manthana programme scheduled to be held on June 27 and 28 at a resort on the outskirts of Bangalore.

The common grouse among the State BJP leaders was that the CM was not interacting properly with the ministers. It was said, some ministers were least bothered about the administration and that the CM had no control over them. In fact, BJP State President D V Sadananda Gowda has recently circulated a questionnaire to all ministers with an aim to bring in accountability.

Areas of improvement

The questions include problems, if any, they are facing in running the department, whether the officials are co-operating, how are they interacting with people in their constituencies and what needs to be done to improve their performance. Gowda’s move is also seen as the performance review of ministers.

On the other end, the CM has already cracked the whip against the officials. He has warned to send them on voluntary retirement if they fail to deliver. During the meeting, the CM gave a patient hearing to the problems being faced by the departmental heads in implementing budgetary programmes. He solved many of them on-the-spot by issuing appropriate directions.

The Tuesday’s meeting was mainly pertaining to agriculture and related activities. Yeddyurappa took stock of supply of seeds, fertiliser, water level in reservoirs, disbursement of farm loans at 3 per cent interest, progress made in the implementation of various irrigation projects.... so on and so forth.

“I have given a clear message to both officials and ministers that we need to come out of the election mood and are concentrating on the administration.... I am satisfied with their response,” he stated.

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