Govt wants babus with human face – Focus on Implementation of RTI Act too.. and others
Posted by egovindia on July 4, 2006
NEW DELHI: Government has convened a conference of chief secretaries of states on July 19 to discuss the changes necessary for making the administration more responsive to the requirements of the 21st century.
The conference, an initiaive of cabinet secretary B K Chaturvedi, will focus on revamping the delivery system with regard to issues which touch upon the lives of people, and sensitise the officials to the new needs of the populace.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has appreciated the move, will address the conference on July 20.
According to sources in the government, Chaturvedi, who plans to write regularly to chief secretaries a significant innovation aimed at promoting experience-sharing among peers is particularly concerned about the procedural bottlenecks that keep many from accessing a ration card, copies of land record and similar crucial documents.
He is likely to stress that umpteen unnecessary verification requirements that come in the way can easily be done away with.
Sources said the forthcoming meet of top bureaucrats will also focus on the implementation of all-India schemes like Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, National Rural Health Mission, Right to Information Act, and Bharat Nirman the successful implementation of which will have a vital bearing on country’s aspirations for double-digit growth rate.
In a way, the ensuing conference will help underscore Centre’s recognition of the role that states have to play in ensuring the success of all the flagship schemes of the UPA regime. Mention is made of the slippages in the implementation of the polio eradication scheme in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
The two northern states have seen the scourge crawl back just when largely justified celebrations were on for getting rid of it. Immunisation exercises have also begun to falter. Likewise, while the mid-day meal scheme has picked up, it is acknowledged that a lot needs to be done to increase the reach of the scheme.