Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: Never ever the visit to Rayagada of a senior bureaucrat was so glorified as in case of Sri V Karthikeyan Pandian, IAS, the man behind Chief Minister’s 5-T mantra. Upto the last minute, the scribes were also unaware of Pandian’s visit. It seems his move was kept top secret with necessary instruction to the district administration. Accompanied by Principal Advisor to State Govt Sri R Balakrishnan, IAS(Retd), National Health Mission Director Ms Shalini Pandit a almost all the district level senior officers including Collector, SP, ADM, PD-DRDA, CDMO, etc, Pandian, the most powerful bureaucrat having close proximity to the power corridor of CM Naveen Pattanaik and now Secretary to Chief Minister, Transformation and Initiatives (5T), made a surprise visit to the district headquarters hospital(DHH) on last Thursday to review “Mo Sarkar” initiative.
During his visit the DHH was alert with last minute cleaning of the surroundings and the mega building. The staff attendance was 100%. There were still lapses like water oozing out from AC, lack of amenities for attendants of the patients, etc, which were noted out by Pandian and necessary instructions were issued to concerned authorities. Both Pandian and Pandit briefly interacted with patients and their attendants regarding the health facilities, behavior of health staff, related amenities, etc. Lack of doctors and other medical staff alongwith health infrastructures in Kashipur was pointed out to him. Interestingly enough, though he had brief review with the district officials, he did not deliver any press briefings, may be to keep sanctity of the surprise visit.
“It is certainly a noble step by the Govt to monitor the service delivery mechanisms in DHH, RTO offices, where there is rampant corruption. Visit by super bureaucrats to these places confirms the extent of corruption and lack of facilities. This also opens up the pandora box of people’s woes and agonies at ground zero. Likewise, all the tehsil offices of the district need to be scrutinized where there are scores of irregularities. These visits must not be one shot and be done on a sustained basis or else it will have boomerang effect by denigration of 5Ts”, said Sri Pradip Das, a Senior Advocate of the district.