January 3, 2020

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5Ts, One Mission

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VK Pandian, 5T secretary

He’s(5Ts, One Mission) known to all and sundry over the years as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s most bankable confidant. Some have given him the epithet of ‘super chief minister’, others the face behind the mask.

V Karthikeyan Pandian(5Ts, One Mission), private secretary to the Chief Minister has been running the show, spearheading all proceedings, official or personal for the adored Patnaik.

However, of late, Pandian has stepped out of the archetypal mould of a profoundly influential, backroom mandarin. His coronation as the 5T secretary has mandated fresh responsibilities for the canny bureaucrat on the field.

In sync with the Chief Minister’s avowed 5Ts(One Mission)- technology, teamwork, transparency, transformation and time, Pandian is working his way through the heat and grime.

It is widely rumored that the ambitious launch of the 5T governance model and Pandian taking to fieldwork has exalted the people’s perception of hands-on administration.

Surprise checks and surveillance on state-run hospitals and subsidized ‘Aahar’ meals centres have fixed enormous accountability on the officials manning them.

The suspension of one of the chief district medical officers was testimony to Pandian’s zero tolerance for slack and errant officers. Pandian has also been connecting with the expectant people queuing up to avail key services at hospitals or even checking in to a police outpost for filing cases or grievance redressal.

The quality of service at strategic government-run institutions has gone up several notches higher in a span of just a few weeks. Full marks to Mr. Pandian and his team for leading the 5T initiative from the forefront!

Pandian, a 2000 batch IAS officer has been working as the Private Secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik since 2011. He is credited with the efficient handling of Patnaik’s works.

With an aim to ensure better service delivery to public and ensure good governance, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, after assuming the office of Chief Minister for the fifth consecutive term in May has laid emphasis on 5Ts – Transparency, Teamwork, Technology, Time and Transformation – and advised the Ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats and Government officials to follow the mantra.

Recently, Pandian embarked on a surprise visit to Lingraj Temple to review the infrastructure development work of the Ekamrakshetra.

Pandian accompanied by works secretary Krishan Kumar, Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Anup Sahoo and Khurda’s Additional District Magistrate Manoranjan Mallick took stock of the redevelopment and beautification work in the area surrounding the temple.

This is an unprecedented field level appraisal where the aam aadmi who never had the scope to interact with Pandian is now having a brush with the state’s most powerful bureaucrat and ventilating grievances in the delivery of public services.

Accompanied by senior officers, Pandian has been setting off on whirlwind tours to get a taste of governance on the ground. His team has also been assiduously taking feedback from the public.

They are being asked about the behavior and professionalism of government officials who dealt with them. The officials would be ranked as per the people’s feedback. The CM himself has spoken to 120 people over the phone in the past 10 days.

Scenes of Pandian, a 2000-batch IAS officer known for keeping a low profile while reportedly having the CM’s ears and eyes for years, and his team having lunch with villagers at an Aahar center in Boudh district and then with inmates of an orphanage in Keonjhar district have brought whiffs of fresh air into people’s perception of Odisha’s governance mechanism.

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