Sj. Tathagat Satpathy, Hon'ble M. P. Dhenkanal
District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committees (DISHAs)
have been formed to ensure better coordination among all the elected
representatives in Parliament, State Legislatures and Local Governments
(Panchayati Raj Institutions/Municipal Bodies) for efficient and
time-bound development. It is a government wide initiative that seeks to
promote participative governance and deliberative democracy.
DISHA seeks to achieve this by facilitating a quarterly review of all
development activity at the district level. The Chairperson of a DISHA
committee is the senior most Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) elected
from the district and nominated by the Ministry of Rural Development.
DISHA committee meetings will be held on a quarterly basis, under the
chairmanship of the MP, and will be attended by all elected
representatives and officials from the district.
The DISHA committees will have powers to seek information and demand
effective follow up on issues raised during the deliberations at the
DISHA meetings. The District Collector is the Member Secretary
responsible for convening the meeting and ensuring effective and timely