Friday, June 12, 2009
PRIME Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has asked key government officials to think creatively, and stressed the need to be believers in equity, innovation and public accountability at work. In the first structured meeting with officers of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday, Dr Singh, who has just begun his second term as the country’s Prime Minister, discussed the government’s agenda and ways of improving delivery, a PMO release said. Prime Minister also emphasized the need to rethink systems of monitoring and evaluation. He wanted the PMO officials to follow up pending reform of regulatory institutions in the areas of health and education within the first 100 days. Prime Minister reiterated the need to think creatively on the agenda put forward by the government. Babu Blogger’s Take: I have been saying it from the Day 1 of Dr Singh’s second innings that there would be a lot of stress on efficiency and delivery this time, which means performers are bound to be winners. So why are you waiting for? Enjoy your work. Party hard, and work harder! A few railway officers may end up washing dirty linens, quite literally If you are a railway officer, you may end up washing dirty linens, quite literally. If railway ministry’s new proposal gets it way, the Indian Railways (IR) will own its laundry units to wash bedsheets, blankets, pillow covers, towels etc which are used by passengers in trains. That work has so far been outsourced, and hence no railway officer needs to take the responsibility of managing any laundry unit. Two state-of-the-art laundry units are likely to come up in Delhi and Lucknow under Northern Railway Zone.