Officers of the State Government, particularly field officers like Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police must work with greater dedication and commitment to convert the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic into opportunities. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the Deputy Commissioners/Superintendents of Police Conference . Chief Minister said that today the entire world was going through a difficult period due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Himachal Pradesh was also not untouched by this challenge. He said that all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police have played a pivotal role in containing this pandemic in the State.
He appreciated the role of administration during corona period. He said the unlock phase and casualness of general public has resulted in sharp spike in cases of corona infection during about two months and several people have lost precious lives. He also appreciated the role of district officers in making ‘Active Case Finding Campaign’ a success. Jai Ram Thakur said that officers must work with such dedication and commitment so that they leave an unforgettable impression on the people of that particular district and area. He said that the priorities of the State Government must also be the top most priorities of the officers.
He said that schemes such as Jan Manch, Himachal Pradesh Grihini Suvidha Yojna, Mukhyamantri Swavlamban Yojna, HIMCARE, Sahara Yojna, Khet Sanrakshan Yojna, CM Sewa Sankalap Yojna, Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein were a few schemes which must be accorded top most priority, so that people could take benefits of these schemes upto the grass root level. Chief Minister said that the district officers must think out of the box to deliver best to the people of the State. He said the benefits of the development must reach to desired targeted groups, for this the officers must work with missionary zeal and renewed vigour. He said the officers must take new initiatives to make the Government policies and programmes a success. He said that Government would not hesitate in taking stern action against the officers who fails to deliver the goods. He said that all the complaints received under Jan Manch must be redressed immediately, but at the same time the Deputy Commissioners must not hesitate to take action against the person who makes complaints in a bid to cause hindrance. He also directed to speed up the progress under ‘Nai Raahein Nai Manzilein Scheme’. Expressing his concern over the increase in drug abuse in the State, Chief Minister said that this social vice should be dealt firmly. He said that special campaign must be launched in the State to tackle this social problem and role of the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police was very vital in this respect. Jai Ram Thakur said that all the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police must regularly interact with the masses for proper feedback. He said that direct contact with the masses also goes a long way in framing policies and schemes as per the requirements and aspirations of the people. He said that the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police were the eyes and ears of the Government thus it becomes further more vital that they must function with greater commitment and zeal. He also directed the Superintendents of Police to launch massive campaigns in their respective district to check drug trafficking. He said that property of those involved in drug trafficking must be confiscated. He said that effective policing must be ensured in border areas. He also felt the need for taking concrete steps to check illegal mining. Chief Minister said that the Deputy Commissioners must ensure time bound completion of all the major projects under execution in their respective districts. He said that special thrust must be laid on completion of those projects which were nearing completion. He said that it must also be ensured that developmental projects do not suffer due to delay in FRA and FCA clearances. Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government has decided to provide road connectivity to all the left out panchayats within next two years. He said that most of these panchayats have been deprived of this facility due to non approval of FRA and FCA. He said that all the wood electricity poles would be replaced by iron poles by 31st March, 2021 in order to provide uninterrupted power supply particularly during the winters in snow bound areas where several wood poles get damaged due to heavy snow. Chief Secretary Anil Khachi said that the Corona pandemic has adversely affected the world economy and our state was not an exception. He said that the officers of the State would ensure that the pace of development does not get affected due to this pandemic. He said that effective steps were being taken to check the menace of drug abuse. He said that the present State Government has completed three years in office and the officers were working with utmost dedication and commitment to achieve the desired results. He assured the Chief Minister that the officers would work with more dedication for ensuring effective implementation of various policies and programmes of the State Government. Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu while making presentation on law and order situation in the State said that the police force was making special focus on curbing crime against the women and girls. He said that the special initiatives taken by the State Police has resulted in sharp decline in crime against the women and girls. He said that Himachal Pradesh has emerged as the first State in the country to ensure passport verification within twenty four hours to facilitate the people of the State. He said that predicting policing was being done in the State to check crime. Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and other officers in the meeting. He also conducted the proceedings of the meeting. All the Deputy Commissioners made detailed presentations on Covid status, ten important projects, progress in flagship schemes of the State Government, construction of Gau Sadans, road connectivity to left out panchayats and vision for their respective districts including innovative practices etc. on the occasion. Similarly, Superintendents of Police made presentations on law and order, narcotics, crime against women and children, traffic management and Covid-19 management etc. in their respective districts. Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister J.C. Sharma, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners and SPs of all the districts of the State, Head of Departments and other officers also attended the meeting.