23 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's advice to his ministerial colleagues to have their lunch at shelter homes for specially-abled children, orphanages, schools and Aahar centres during surprise visits has been welcomed by Ministers.
Ministers felt that the move would go a long way in transformation in the quality of food served at these places as well as make the persons responsible for the delivery more accountable and alert.
"This directive of the Chief Minister is definitely a welcome step. This is certainly going to bring transformation; be it mid-day meals in ashram schools, cooked food in orphanages, food served at Aahar kendras," said Padmanabha Behera, Minister Commerce & Transport and Planning & Convergence.
"By taking food in these places we will come to know about the quality of the food served in these places. People with these responsibilities will be more careful and alert," he added.
"This is a welcome step. We used to do it earlier, now the Chief Minister has issued a directive. This will result in improving the quality of mid-day meals served at schools," said Susanta Singh, Minister Rural Development, Labour & Employees' State Insurance.
Minister School and Mass Education Samir Ranjan Das has said that surprise visits by Ministers have yielded very good results in the past.
"Especially in my department, it has yielded very good results. Yesterday's advice by the Chief Minister will be certainly accepted by Ministers and officials. Taking food at Aahar Centres, in schools etc. by Ministers and officials will surely bring in qualitative change," he added.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kisore Das termed the Chief Minister's advice as a gesture of the latter to repay the debt he owed to the people for electing him as the Chief Minister for the fifth term in succession.
"This is a very good step. Since people have elected him for the fifth time he wants transparency. We the people of Odisha should thank the 5T Secretary and our Chief Secretary for visiting hospitals. Secretaries are touring districts. We have been also asked to do the same, this will lead to transparency. This is an attempt by the honourable Chief Minister to repay his debt to the people of Odisha," Das said.