Mamata lauds role of officials in Bengal's development
Kolkata: Appreciating the role played by officials in ensuring development in the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that officials here are having both merit and vision to make all departments of the Bengal government "number one".
Banerjee was speaking at the Civil Service Day event organised by the state government on Friday at Uttirnya Open Air Theatre.
She said that vision and intention to do a work is most important. "First we had initiated doing the administrative review meeting at the state level. Samar Ghosh was the Chief Secretary then. Then, we decided to take it to the grassroot level and initiated the administrative review meetings in districts. I am proud to say that these meetings have acted as a bridge and ensured better coordination among officials of all ranks. Everyone has started to work by maintaining proper coordination among themselves.
Banerjee said that six police commissionerates have been set up in the state and 85 new police stations have come into existence, including the 45 women police stations.
She said that with steps taken to improve infrastructure to provide better service to common people, 19 Human Rights Courts, 88 fast track courts, 16 Mother Child Hubs, 300 SNSUs, fair price medicine shops and diagnostic centres were set up after the change of guard in the state in 2011.
She said that the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department has become number one in the country. "I feel the departments that are yet to become number one have all potential to be the best," she said, adding that the state was in 23rd or 24th position in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB).
"I recollect that the then Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra came to me one day and subsequent steps were taken in connection with EoDB. Now the state is number one in this sector," she said.
The Agriculture department has also received the Krishi Karman Award for five consecutive years. Information and Cultural Affairs department would also be number one, once the marketing for the Lok Prasar artistes are done in a better way, the Chief Minister added.
She further said that the officials work with all commitment for the state. So it is a responsibility of the government to take necessary steps for the well-being of them and their family members.
"It would not have been possible for the state government to become successful in carrying out the development work without their support," she said, adding that the Civic Service Award will be given on Civil Service Day from next year.
In a Facebook post, the Chief Minister stated: "Civil Services Day is observed on April 21. Since last year, our government has started celebrating Civil Services Day. This year's programme was held today at Uttirnya."
"Members of Civil Services play a very crucial role in implementing the policies of the government and carrying forward the development agenda for the benefit of people at large. We are proud of our Civil Services. I take this opportunity to convey my greetings and best wishes to all IAS, IPS and Members of Civil Services throughout the country and the world and their family members, on the occasion of Civil Services Day," she added.