After a gap of over two years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is all set to revive his so-called ‘Janata Durbar’ to hear the grievances of the general public.
The program is expected to resume from April or latest by May, Kumar announced at an informal press conference at his office in the state Assembly.
While the administration has touted Durbar’s huge success in the past, it has been anything but successful.
“While some people have definitely benefited from this one-on-one dialog with the Chief Minister, overall, it is just a huge waste of time particularly of those who come from faraway places hoping they will have a word with the Chief Minister only to go back home without a meeting,” said a senior official who has had the opportunity to be at the Durbar in the previous terms of Nitish Kumar.
Earlier, the Durbar was held at the Chief Minister’s residence at 1 Anne Marg but due to some ongoing construction at that place, the new Durbar will be held at Chief Minister’s conference room at the Secretariat, officials said.
It may be noted that the Patna Secretariat is a high-security zone and it is not clear how the administration plans to screen the visitors who come in large numbers from every corner of the state.