BHUBANESWAR: For the first time in 14 years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has issued a set of guidelines to BJD MPs and MLAs to help them improve their performance.
Sources said Naveen has warned law makers against forming groups or factions as it may tarnish party’s image and effect the performance of Government. The BJD supremo had convened district-wise meetings of MPs and MLAs for discussion on distribution of Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds and other issues.
The Chief Minister asked the MPs and MLAs to ensure that family members or relatives are not employed or engaged as their representatives as it would create resentment among the party workers. He also said he does not approve of family members of MPs or MLAs being appointed as block or municipality chairpersons.
He also asked the legislators to solve the problems of farmers, rural youths and women SHG groups on a priority basis since they form the mainstay of the BJD vote bank. In order to win the trust of people, Naveen advised the MLAs to be easily accessible to people of their constituency and meet them on a regular basis. He also asked the MLAs and MPs to attend public events and programmes in their respective constituencies.
The party has planned to conduct a massive Statewide membership drive from December and asked the MLAs to devise plans to include new members in the party. He has advised party legislators to keep in mind people’s interests - and not individual interests - while finalising works under MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) fund. MPs have been advised to consult their MLAs while utilising the funds under MPLAD.
The Chief Minister has directed the MLAs to chalk out a plan for three years and submit it to their respective district observers by August-end as part of preparations for the three-tier panchayat polls due in 2017.