IEP Chandigarh, April 6
Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal took the initiative to change the direction of the state politics as soon as he took over the power on October 26, 2014. Several new schemes were implemented to redress the grievances of the people; including the CM window. The CM window system started on December 25, 2014, on the occasion of Good Governance Day; which garnered appreciation from the general public. In the period of more than 8 years, so far over 10.92 lakh people have sent their complaints on CM Window, out of which over 10.09 lakh have been resolved. Later in his second innings, the Chief Minister started the Jan Samvad programme following the concept of ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ and listened to the complaints of the people by sitting among them. This simplicity of the Chief Minister not only enthralled the people, but they also expressed appreciation for this effort. After starting the Jan Samvad programme from Rohtak district, the Chief Minister organized Jan Samvad in Sirsa, Sonipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Fatehabad districts; in which he listened to the problems of the people. Apart from people from far-flung villages of these districts; people from other districts also reached the Chief Minister’s Jan Samvad programmes.Chief Minister’s initiative to meet newly elected panchayats The result of the Chief Minister’s initiative to give educated panchayats in the state was that in the year 2016, 33 percent posts in Panchayati Raj institutions were reserved for women and after the decision of the Supreme Court, 42 percent women were elected; as they fulfilled the condition of being educated. Also, to give equal representation to women in panchayats, the Chief Minister brought a bill in the Vidhan Sabha and in the elections of the Panchayati Raj Institutions held in November, 2022; the participation of women in the elected panchayats was 50 percent. Taking a new initiative to meet the newly elected panchayats, the Chief Minister decided to take the Jan Samvad programme towards villages and in this regard; he visited more than 12 villages of Bhiwani district for three days from April 2 to April 4. On several occasions, the Chief Minister instructed that woman sarpanches should be present in the programme instead of sarpanch representatives. With this initiative, the women sarpanches also realized the importance of the elected public representative in a democracy; that the head of the state has come to interact with them.