June 16, 2011
CM takes Food Department by surprise, instruct changes
Kolkata, June16: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a surprise visit to Khadya Bhavan on Free School Street. Some employees loitering downstairs were taken aback as she entered. After observing the sorry state of the department, Ms. Banerjee sought suggestions within 72 hours about what should be done to improve administration in the Food Department.
Food Minister Jyotipriya Mullick accompanied the Chief Minister as she inspected rooms in the building. Ms. Banerjee was visibly displeased with the way files were stacked. She asked officials to ensure proper file management. The Chief Minister also wanted to check the attendance register to know the time employees present had reported for work. The Chief Minister then held a short meeting with senior food department officials. The Chief Minister also expressed her displeasure over the lack of database in the department and stressed on the formulation of an electronic database. Adopting a tough posture, she asked the officials if they had ever inquired why they cannot reach food to all the needy, since the government provides funds. She stressed on strict monitoring. The Chief Minister also enquired about the system by which the applications for ration cards are sorted out. She also discussed about the various problems faced by the employees. The Chief Minister was unhappy about inadequate staff in the department.
With a vision to improve the administration of the food department, five vigilance committee each consisting of five members are to be formed to monitor the working of the department.