Friday, August 21, 2009
IN THE first ever get-together to brainstorm on issues related to administrative reforms, secretaries of departments of administrative reforms of various states and union territories are taking part in a conference to be held in New Delhi on Friday. The conference will focus on the implementation of second Administrative Reform Commission (ARC) recommendation pertaining to the states. The conference, to be inaugurated by Prithviraj Chavan, minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions, aims to create a national platform to share experiences of the states in the field of reforms or initiatives undertaken by the department of administrative reforms in the states. According to a government release, this is a part of an agenda to improve public service delivery, make the administration effective, transparent and accountable. The conference will provide a forum for the various states to highlight the issues being faced by them in the area of administrative reforms, the release said. Issues that are likely to come up for discussion include organizational structure of the administrative departments in the states, budget allocation and reform activities in addition to brainstorming challenges faced by them in the execution of reforms activities and assistance required by them from the Centre. babu blogger in his post “Quick fix: Govt discusses cutting down of file movements” dated June 27, 2009, said how the number of level through which a file passes for a decision would not exceed three if a 26-page note that was doing the rounds in power corridors had its way. Govt issues yet another memo on prevention of sexual harassment Issuing yet another office memo, the government reiterated its commitment regarding prevention of sexual harassment of women in government. The memo issued recently by department of personnel and training (DoPT) was related to CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964 - Guidelines regarding prevention of sexual harassment of working women in the workplace. It had earlier issued a memo dated July 21, 2009. In fact, a provision was added in 2004, on inquiry procedure which was laid down in the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965. Also read, “DoPT reminds government officers and staff of guidelines on “sexual harassment” dated July 25, 2009. Spotting the babuz With the announcement of the fifth most powerful bureaucrat in the country, the BoI (Babus of India) list of 5 top babuz will be completed. Watch out this space to get the complete list of India’s 5 most powerful bureaucrats based on feedback received from senior bureaucrats and politicians.