Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Haryana on Sunday concluded its first three-day-long Chintan Shivir (Brainstorming Session) targeting to speed up the pace of reforms and development works in next two years.

Addressing the mediapersons after the conclusion of the Chintan Shivir, Khattar said that his government was going in the right direction and more efforts would be made to step up the pace of development in the state in coming years.

Patting his own back, he said, “During the three days of the Chintan Shivir, we reached the conclusion that so far the government in the state is going on right track. In past three years of our government, we have done a lot for the welfare of the people that the previous regime failed to do.

Transparent governance and reducing discretionary powers are among of such initiatives. However, Group of Secretaries would be formed to speed up the pace of reforms and other development works in the state.”

All senior officers of Haryana government would now work together as a team to ensure that the benefits of development reached the last person in the queue, he added.

Describing the first Chintan Shivir organised by the state government as an unprecedented success, he said, “It produced encouraging results and infused new energy in the participants for building a new Haryana.  Good team spirit has been generated at the Chintan Shivir and everyone has agreed that there is need for greater involvement among government servants in the concerns of the state and its people.”

Khattar said that during the Chintan Shivir, several parameters to speed up the pace of the governance under which each official would be given a block to implement his or her “out of the box idea” to bring reforms in rural development and the best one would be honoured by the government on the occasion of Civil Services Day in coming year.

Initially this would be experimented in 47 blocks, he added.

The Chief Minister further stated that during the last day of the event, saw unveiling of working drafts for new action plans of various departments to double the income of farmers, to enhance efficiency of utilization of water, make more youth of Haryana Saksham (capable) and to rejuvenate urban life which will be reviewed on regular basis in every two years.

To achieve this target, we would encourage diversification of crops, increase productivity, cattle-rearing, direct marketing of produce, agri service, value additional packaging, branding and integrated farming, he added.

The Chintan Shivir held at Timber Trail resort in the foothills of Shivalik Ranges in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, was attended by Khattar’s Cabinet Colleagues, senior officials and others.