Report by OD bureau; Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has decides to implement Right to Public Service Act from 1st January, 2013. This was decided at high level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
It was decided at the meeting that 25-30 services to be implemented in 1st phase, 75 services in next phase. The act would make mandatory for public functionaries to provide such services to the people within a fixed time frame. In case of deviation, citizens will have the right to appeal and the erring officials may draw penalties for faltering on their deadlines.
During the meeting CM Patnaik stresses on need for effective implementation of the act. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik said: “This act will ensure time-bound delivery of important public services to the citizens of Odisha.” Nearly 90 types of services would covered under the proposed act. Under the proposed act, certain officers in every government office will be designated as the first appellate authority and second appellate authority to redress grievance concerning disposal of cases pertaining to the services under the act.
Chief Secretary BK Patnaik, Principal Secretary of Finance Department JK Mohapatra, CM's Principal Secretary AP Padhi, Principal Secretary of Revenue department, Principal Secretary of home department and others attended the meeting.