31 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: A total number of 1465 cases were heard and disposed of during the first phase of Promotion Adalat held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and five Additional Chief Secretaries at six different places over three days January 28, 29 and 31.
Presiding over the Adalat at Chief Ministers' Grievance Cell, Chief Secretary Tripathy directed the administrative departments to ensure definite action on observations and directions of various adalats within the scheduled date.
In most of the cases, the departments were asked to complete the action in February under intimation to General Administration & Public Grievance Department.
Further, the Chief Secretary directed various departments to fix responsibility on erring officers for whom the eligible personnel did not get promotion in time.
Available data shows on January 28, a total number of 402 applicants registered their names in all these six adalats, followed by 616 registrations on January 29.
Moreover, a total number of 447 applicants serving under the administrative departments like Forest & Environment, Skill Development & Technical Education, Excise, Information & Public Relation, Fisheries & Animal Resource Development, Cooperation, Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Home, General Administration & Public Grievance, Industry and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise registered their names in 6 Adalats.
The cases were heard by Development Commissioner S C Mohapatra, Agriculture Production Commissioner P K Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Steel & Mines R K Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Rural Development P K Jena and Additional Chief Secretary Forest & Environment Mona Sharma.
Replying to a media query after presenting their own cases individual applicants from Phulbani, Koraput, Chandaka, Khordha, Keonjhar, Balasore and Bhubaneswar said "promotion adalat is a bold revolutionary step of the State Government. It has given us new assurances of getting our legitimate benefits. It has also given us a chance to present our grievance frankly before the Government. Government officers will not be required to approach judicial forums if the directions of these adalats are implemented properly in their true spirit. This system should be continued in corning years also".
It may be pertinent here to mention that a total number of 8909 applications were received online for the adalat.
Out of these 2309 applications were listed for the first phase. This included 2273 online applications and 36 hard copy applications received at the level of various departments.
In reality, around 1465 officials turned up and all of them were heard by presiding officers of the adalats.
"The second phase of the adalat will be held on February 27, 28, and 29 in which the balance applications will be heard," informed Special Secretary GA & PG Ganesh Patra