BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the party's newly-elected panchayat samiti members to provide services to the people in an honest and transparent manner.
In the wake of BJP's rise in the state rural polls, BJD Supremo held brain storming , where the peoples’ representatives raised the problems faced by the people in rural areas.
They raised the issues like severe drinking water crisis, corruption at lower level and absence of power infrastructure in the rural zones.
Mr.Patnaik interacted separately with the newly elected members from Jajpur and Koraput districts.
"Panchayat representatives presented various suggestions which they want to be fulfilled. I also asked them to work honestly and hard for the people," Mr.Patnaik told Media.
BJD Chief Spokesperson Surjya Narayan Patro said the BJD President would also undertake surprise visits to different areas in order to assess the ground situation.
Mr.Patro said that the Chief Minister asked them to keep in touch with people and make them aware of various welfare schemes being implemented by the State Government.
Mr.Patnaik's meeting with grass-root leaders as part of the post-panchayat poll review came ahead of BJP president Amit Shah's proposed meeting with his party's booth-level leaders of the State.
The BJD president, who had invited his party leaders for discussion, inquired about the reasons of defeat of BJD candidates in certain areas, BJD sources said adding the Chief Minister was worried about his party losing around 180 Zilla Parishad seats this time.
Though the BJD claimed that party candidates have captured about 72 per cent of the State's 314 blocks and maintained its status of being the single largest party in Odisha, the State leadership was worried as the BJP has won 297 Zilla Parishad seats in the rural polls, compared to its earlier performance of 36 Zilla Parishad seats in 2012.
The BJD, which has been successful in retaining power since 2000, was also apprehensive that BJP could make significant gains in the coastal region, considered a BJD stronghold.
Dharmasala MLA Pranab Kumar Balabantaray said, the elected panchayat raj representatives were asked to ensure the government programmes reach the rural areas.
Besides, they are directed to strengthen party organisation in their areas as well, he added.
Dasarathpur Block Chairperson, Sujata Sahu, said, the elected panchayat members assured the BJD Chief of dedication to serve the people and ensure their upliftment.