Not many citizens are aware about the fact that it is their right to meet anyone occupying an official position in their region/state/country. The chief minister of any Indian state is also obliged to meet the people of his/her state as long as citizens follow the due process to prove their request for a meeting is genuine.
So, how can citizens of Gujarat meet their chief minister? VOI brings you the explainer.
To meet the chief minister or any minister in the state, citizens need to visit the state secretariat in Gandhinagar’s Sector 10, where all ministers, including the CM, have their offices. This building is named Swarnim Complex, where, on an average, around 2,500 passes are issued to visitors every day to meet the chief minister, the ministers, and the bureaucrats.
Swarnim Complex is divided into two – Swarnim Complex 1 and 2 – with the chief minister’s office located on the third floor of Complex 1.
Of the six gates of the new secretariat, two are for VIP entry, two are restricted, and the two main gates are for the general public. The window to collect the passes is located at Gates 1 and 4. Citizens need to show a government issued ID, such as Aadhaar Card or voter’s card to get the visitor’s pass. There are three categories for the pass queue: for the general public, for those from other states, and for the physically challenged.
The chief minister, and other ministers, prefer meeting as many visitors as possible on Mondays and Tuesdays when in Gandhinagar. According to the secretariat security sources, the chief minister meets around 700 people on Mondays and Tuesdays when he’s in Gandhinagar. The ministers allot time for meeting people on Mondays and Tuesdays, and sometimes even on Wednesday. Also, please remember, we are talking about very busy people here. If your reasons are frivolous, you will not be able to get past the security clearance.