Saturday, June 27, 2009

Quick fix: Govt discusses cutting down of file movements

THE government may succeed minimizing layers of file movements and cut down delays that an official file may take from its creation to the date when the decision is finally taken. If a paper doing the rounds in power corridors has its way, the number of level through which a file passes for a decision would not exceed three. The 26-page note titled, “Organizational Structure of Government of India” prepared by the Administrative Reforms Commission has suggested that only in cases where minister’s approval is required, the file should be initiated by deputy secretary or director, and moved through the joint secretary (or additional secretary/special secretary) and secretary (or special secretary) to the minister. If the file requires the approval of the secretary, there should be just two levels --- either under secretary and director, under secretary and joint secretary or director and joint secretary. The note has further suggested that in case approval of joint secretary or director or deputy secretary is required, it should come through just one level. If a consensus is built, suggestions would be prescribed in the Manual of Office Procedure.

Appointments A) Retired official Ms Omita Paul, an IIS of 1973 batch, has been appointed as adviser to the finance minister in the rank and pay of the secretary to the government of India, for a period of three years or until further orders.

B) Anil Verma, a 1989 batch West Bengal cadre IAS, has been appointed as minister (economic), in High Commission of India, London, under the department of commerce, in the Pay Band of Rs 37400-67000/- (PB-4) plus grade pay of Rs. 10000/- for a period of three years or until further orders.

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