RSTV SUMMARY – 3rdJULY, 2019

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The Big Picture – Administrative Reforms

 

Acting strictly on the policy of ‘zero tolerance’, the Yogi Adityanath government warned over 400 corrupt officials of severe punishment and decided to give early retirement to around 200 employees. According to the government officials, the state government has asked 200 officials to take voluntary retirement as they were found guilty in corruption cases. At the same time, more than 400 corrupt officers and employees have been warned of severe punishments. On June 20, Adityanath had reviewed the work of the Secretariat Administration department at Lok Bhawan and said that there was no place for corrupt officers and staff in the Government. He had said that corrupt officers could be shown the door by giving them compulsory retirement. In fact, the Chief Minister had directed the officials to prepare a list of some corrupt officers and advised firm action against them. Recently the Modi government had “forcibly retired” 15 senior IT officials on similar grounds.

 

What is the government’s agenda for administrative reforms in the short term?

  • The government has identified some agendas for administrative reforms
  • A national workshop on e-governance would be held every year which would provide a platform to improve the e-services rendered to the common man and to end service delivery.
  • Reform of central public grievance redressal mechanism – the complainant will be able to address grievances to the office at the lowest rank as well unlike now, where redressal of grievances follow a top down approach.
  • National service delivery – A study is being conducted on the performance of services delivery in states and UTs focusing on 8 departments – finance, health, social welfare, education, labour, employment, environment – which is in consonance with the UN DESA (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) which is conducting a biennale survey on the same. A report generated on the same will be analysed to monitor the performance of the states and the UTs in each year.
  • The personnel administration is being refurbished and the central secretariat manual of office procedure has also been updated after a long period. Some of the chapters included in the new manual are digitization processes, knowledge management, record management practices etc. Also e-office has been integrated into the manual which will be implemented at the lowest rungs on a 50-50 sharing basis or by the states.
  • 15 themes have been identified from the Administrative Reforms Commissions for implementation starting from the local level to the central level. 

 

Challenges

  • Millions of criminal cases are pending in the judiciaries besides cases being delayed for years.
  • The conditions in jails are pathetic and are continuing from the pre-independent days.
  • Though laws are present police officials are not very keen in enforcing them. This is evident in mob lynching to beating of officials to misbehaving with the Chief Secretary.
  • Though 60-70% of the money are spent from the states, there is no focus on governance in the states.
  • Police reforms have been completely neglected over the years. Things have never moved forward though there have been committees like the Saxena committee and the Malimath committee. The number of police personnel is abysmally poor.
  • There is no account of the best minds of the country or where they are serving whether inside of outside India.

 

Way forward

  • The government should focus on efficient delivery of services and make use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the same.
  • The government should enact the All India Judicial Service to recruit more judicial officers which would help in speedy trial of cases.
  • A general plan for construction of jails having basic amenities should be made on the basis of availability of area – plains, hills or deserts- which should be the same throughout the country. A general construction plan would also help in quick construction of the jails as well.
  • Reforms should be introduced at the state level in civil services from the lowest level bureaucrats to the top most civil servants.
  • Systemic reforms, both at the centre and the states should be introduced. Reform groups led by the PM at the centre and the CM in the states should be formed to monitor the effective implementation of public services and to ensure that the money reaches the intended person.
  • Probity in the system should be improved further both at the ground level and at the senior level.
  • Police reforms should be brought out and the states should recruit the required number of personnel to implement the laws effectively.
  • India should have a database of the educated and the intelligent people in India and see whether they can be employed at the central and the state levels.
  • The Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) programme adopted by the central government should be carried forward focusing on quality.
  • The atmosphere of innovation through startups by the young people should be expanded which would bring forward new ideas for solving problems.

 

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