Thursday, October 20, 2011

Discarding antiquated laws will bring in transparency: Cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth

CABINET secretary and 1974 batch UP cadre IAS Ajit Kumar Seth has described the use of computers and electronic medium and doing away with antiquated laws and procedures as important steps to bring in transparency in government. Seth was addressing senior officers at the rank of joint secretary and director from 42 ministries or departments of government of India. Seth inaugurated a workshop on capacity assessment and enhancement process organized by the department of administrative reforms and public grievances (DARPG).
Seth further noted that the government is in the process of taking a number of initiatives for ensuring better service delivery, enhanced transparency and accountability and in general, about improving governance.
DARPG secretary Ramesh C Misra highlighted that the basic mindset of the civil servant has to be oriented towards timely and quality service. He further noted that the civil servants have to remember that citizen centricity is the essence of any vibrant democracy which is linked to good governance.
The workshops mainly aimed at sensitising the participants on integrating and translating the commitments made in the Citizen’s Charter into their day-to-day functioning with a view to ensuring effective delivery of services to the citizens and faster grievance redressal. This was the second in a series of four workshops on capacity building for Sevottam in 2011-12.
S Dutt Mazumdar, chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs and industry body Ficci’s Quality Forum head Sanjeevan Bajaj participated in the workshop.

Action and Appointments
a) The appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal of the
ministry of home affairs for extension in Central deputation tenure of PM Nair,
a 1978 batch Bihar cadre IPS officer and additional Director General of Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) for a period of six months up to April 17, 2012.

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