Officials in Sikkim asked to allot time to listen to common people

Report by: 
SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
18 Aug 2018

Bureaucrats and government officials in Sikkim have been admonished for neglecting to listen to grievances of common people and asked to allot time for this. The State Chief Secretary has issued a notification to this effect following a Facebook post by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. It is understood that the notification has come after a series of complaints from village people that when they visit offices in Gangtok they are not able to meet officials in the departments.
The Chief Secretary’s post, titled ‘Need to give adequate time to the members of the public,’ reads: “In a democracy there is always a necessity to listen to the grievances of common man. In view of the fact that the same is neglected, it has been desired that the first half of every day, to be specifically 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. has to be devoted and earmarked for meeting the members of the public right from the level of Block Development Officer to Secretary.”
Chief Minister Chamling’s Facebook post reads: “I have reiterated my direction to the State administration that officers should specifically designate the time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for meeting members of the public. In case meetings are required to be held, then these may be convened after 1 p.m. All officials must ensure that the public visiting government offices may not be inconvenienced at any time.”