‘Dhool’ or ‘Dust’ as the hallmark of Governance

Published By : Admin | June 15, 2023 | 14:57 IST

PM Modi has always believed that challenges related to governance has to be resolved at the grassroots level and only then can government benefits reach every individual at the last-mile. An innovative initiative taken by Shri Modi in this direction, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, was the ‘Lok Melas’.


Varesh Sinha, Former Chief Secretary of Gujarat narrates an interesting story when PM Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. When Sinha was in the Panchayat Department, the Lok Mela (Garib Kalyan Mela), a brainchild of CM Modi, was implemented with full The programme was aimed ensuring last-mile delivery of government schemes and benefits to the beneficiaries. Sinha adds, “In one of the instances CM Modi remarked that it is important that Government servants cut the bureaucratic lines and ensure that the government benefits reach the people directly.”


Sinha recalls the time when one of these Lok Kalyan Melas was held in North Gujarat, the surroundings were very dusty and that the various bureaucrats on-ground were not used to these conditions. Later, in one of the cabinet meetings, CM Modi remarked that the recently concluded Lok Kalyan Mela was the first instance where ‘dhool’ or ‘dust’ was seen on the coats of the bureaucrats.


With this instance ‘Dhool’ or ‘Dust’ became a buzzword under CM Modi’s administration. CM Modi later added that a bureaucrat must not confine oneself to an air-conditioned room but must physically visit villages and the areas of administration. He said that it was only through such efforts that problems at the grassroots level could be solved.

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