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Guv-led administration for making Babus accountable
7/13/2019 12:07:23 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
Srinagar, July 12: All it seems that Governor-led administration wants to make bureaucrats accountable, as it has issued several directives during the past few weeks.
One such directive is that government has directed administrative secretaries and divisional commissioners to ensure that heads of departments are not called for meetings and discussions frequently.
"Heads of departments should not be called either to the secretariat or to the divisional headquarters for meetings unless it is absolutely essential. Use of technology like video conferencing, telecom be maximized for meetings with the heads of departments," the directives reads.
"The non-availability of heads of departments at their respective headquarters is bound to cause disruption in the functioning of their offices and inconvenience to the general public," the directives read.
"The Advisors to the Governor are also requested to dispense with the participation of heads of departments during their public outreach programmes, Durbars as far as possible," it adds.
These directives have been issued to ensure availability of officers for redressal of public grievances.
A source said that government has received complaints that some administrative secretaries as well as divisional commissioners call the heads of departments frequently to their head quarters for meetings. The non-availability of heads of departments has been affecting the functioning of the governance, the source said.
An official at Divisional Commissioner office Kashmir said these officials have been directed not to go unnecessarily outside the headquarters instead attend the meetings through video conference.
"The government has also directed officers to install and operationalise bio-metric attendance system in those offices where such system has not been installed so far," the official said.
A source in Chief Secretary's office said there are complaints that some officials were attending their duties late in the morning and also leaving their office early without seeking proper permission from the concerned authorities.
Similarly, the government has also expressed concern over slow pace of works.
An official document reveals that in a meeting it was pointed out that bills are not being furnished, which was viewed seriously and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works.
Crores of funds get lapsed annually in the state due to non-utilisation of funds in a scheduled time. The departmental heads have been directed several times in the past for timely utilisation of funds.
Despite that developmental works get affected due to lack of funds or lackadaisical approach of authorities.
"Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during first month of the current financial, primarily due to Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time," the document reveals.
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