Chief Secretary directed to focus on field level service delivery and scale up the use of social media

Bhubaneswar: 8th June :   Fiscal performances   of  the   State  till May, 2017  showed   an   upward   trend   with the comparative increase in both its ingredients viz. utilization of the budget allocations and revenue augmentation. This was reviewed in the all Secretaries meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya PrasadPadhi today in secretariat conference hall. Special Secretary Finance Sri Ashok Kumar Meena presented the fiscal updates for discussion.   Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed all departments to focus on actual service delivery at field level.He also advised the departments to scale up the use of social media to reach people and get their feedback.The  Principal  Secretaries   and  Secretaries   of   various  departments   were   asked   to   keep  the   departmental websites updated and link up departmental face book as well as twitter account with it. Available data show,so far around 31 departments have already developed face book and twitter links in their websites. Chief Secretary also advised all Secretaries to keep close watch over filed level implementation of the flagships programmes of Govt.  Further, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to take up online delivery of   caste certificates to the students at school level on a campaign mode. It was decided that for the purpose schools would be tagged to various common service centers. CMGI was asked to take up the focused awareness campaign and link schools with common service centers. The departments were also directed to put more public services online and develop mobile apps for the public services notified under Odisha Right to Public Services Act so that citizens can easily  apply from  their  own mobiles.  Special Secretary General Administration Sri Meena appraised that draft service delivery manual   and Odisha Right  to Public Service Act had already  been prepared and sent to respective departments.    Review of fiscal performance revealed around 29% increase in total budget utilization in current financial year (2017-18) till end of May in comparison to the corresponding period of last financial year.Expenditure in various programmes recorded an increase of around 70% in comparison to the last year. The programme expenditure up to May, 2016 was around Rs.3884 cr which increased to Rs.6619 cr during the current year during the period.  The total expenditure including programme and non-programme up to May in current financial year touched Rs.11609 cr against Rs.9021 cr in the financial year 2016-17.    Keeping in tune with the expenditure, the total revenue augmentation till May, 2017 also increased by around 7%. The Total revenue collection up to May, 2016 was around Rs. 3814 cr which increased to Rs.4063 cr by May, 2017. Own Tax revenue has grown by around 7% with total collection of Rs. 3170 cr. and the Non-Tax Revenue has grown by around 5% with total collection of Rs.4063 cr.    The   Development   Commissioner   Sri   R.   Balakrishnan   along   with  Additional   Chief   Secretaries,Principal Secretaries , Secretaries and Special Secretaries of all departments participated in discussions.

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