Karnataka CM throws open office; video camera in office soon

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Sadananda Gowda Happy
Bangalore, Oct 22: With D.V. Sadananda Gowda having to bear the tag of the 'accidental-CM" for long now, he is slowly emerging out of the shadow of his mentor BS Yeddyurappa. Speaking to media, he was confident that he will be able to take the state towards progress and transparency. He added that he will soon install a video camera in his working office.

Also in the pipeline, he said was the opening of a counter that would be functional 24 hours. The counter will receive complaints from any part of the state at any time. He said, “Anybody can see with whom the chief minister is interacting, adding that these plans would be sorted out within a week's time."

Adding that transparency was important, he commented that special steps are being put into place to ensure the same. The efforts include the speedy disposal of files, transparency in administration and identification of priority projects and their completion which is a major issue. The CM stated, “When I assumed charge there were about 4000 files pending; now I have cleared off everything. In my office, there is no file more than 10 days pending. I started from my office. I wanted to show a transparency in that, for that reason I am bringing a citizen charter; any officer who keeps the file for more than 10 days, he will be penalized."

He also lauded the law and order situation in the state and mentioned that the situation in the state was much more stable compared to the last two-three decades.

On employment generation, Gowda said, "Since last three and a half years, the government has created more than three lakh jobs in Karnataka. Steps have also been taken to boost farm production, ensure welfare of farmers and attract investments in the State."

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