Centre Empowers Joint Secretaries To Instantly Report To Secretaries

The step is aimed in the direction of growing effectivity in resolution making, he mentioned. (Representational)

New Delhi:

The Centre has taken a serious step in the direction of growing effectivity in resolution making and empowered joint secretaries to report back to secretaries straight, officers mentioned on Wednesday.

Joint secretaries often route information through extra secretary or equal, they mentioned.

“A serious step of delayering is being carried out in virtually all of the central authorities departments. With this, all joint secretary (JS)/equal report on to the secretary and an below secretary (US)/deputy secretary (DS) report on to extra secretary/equal,” a senior official mentioned.

The step is aimed in the direction of growing effectivity in resolution making, he mentioned.

The division of administrative reforms and public grievances (DARPG) below the Personnel ministry mentioned all ministries have been requested to make sure that a file doesn’t transfer by means of greater than 4 officers.

All ministries have been suggested that no bodily papers or receipts needs to be generated for inter/intra ministerial circulation, it mentioned within the report.

“The ministries ought to be sure that a file shouldn’t transfer by means of greater than 4 ranges,” reads the latest report.

Full implementation of delayering implies that every one JS/equal report on to secretary or US/equal report on to JS/equal and DS/equal report on to AS/equal, it mentioned, explaining the method.

“Out of 74 ministries/departments which have submitted self-assessment types, 91% of ministries/departments have delayered. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless few ministries the place joint secretary is reporting by means of extra secretary,” the report mentioned.

The DARPG had in August final yr requested all central authorities ministries to implement a “four-pronged strategy” together with “delayering” for growing effectivity in resolution making.

“Governance reforms by means of environment friendly resolution making have been seen to be one of many prime priorities of the federal government to make the administration responsive, accountable and citizen centric,” it had mentioned.

On this context, the central secretariat had in 2021 adopted the initiative for growing effectivity in resolution making within the authorities.

“Below this initiative, a four-pronged strategy was adopted by the central authorities with DARPG being the nodal division for implementing the identical,” the order had mentioned.

Reforms of delayering, delegation, digitisation and desk officer system have led to outlined work allocation, decreased channels of submission and well timed decision-making, embodying the precept of ‘minimal authorities, most governance’, one other senior officer mentioned.

The railways ministry, highway, transport and highways ministry, exterior affairs ministry, ministry of textiles, tradition ministry, tribal affairs ministry, central board of direct taxes, division of youth affairs, division of biotechnology, division of atomic power, division of empowerment of individuals with disabilities and DARPG amongst others have been “totally delayered”, in response to the most recent report.

Apart from these, the civil aviation ministry, metal ministry, minority affairs ministry, ministry of recent and renewable power and ministry of ability improvement and entrepreneurship have additionally been “totally delayered”.

Whereas, the ministry of electronics & info expertise, mines ministry, energy ministry, company affairs ministry, info and broadcasting ministry, labour and employment ministry, housing and concrete affairs ministry, coal ministry, ministry of water assets, river improvement & Ganga rejuvenation and the division of personnel and coaching (DoPT) have been “partially delayered”, the report mentioned.

The house ministry, panchayati raj ministry, ministry of surroundings, forest and local weather change, division of agriculture, cooperation and farmers welfare, division of army affairs and division of well being and household welfare have “not been delayered”, it mentioned.

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