Janasanyog, Assam Press Release No. 504
AARC submits final report to Chief Minister on administrative reforms
Dispur, June7: The Chairman of the Assam Administrative Reforms Commission Shri Jotin Hazarika today handed over the final report of the administrative reforms measures to the Assam Chief Minister, Shri Tarun Gogoi at Janata Bhawan here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Shri Gogoi while thanking the officials and members of the Commission for preparing the report, said that the State Government would try to implement the recommendations as far as practicable. He said that the Government would leave no stone unturned to tone up the administrative so that the delivery system is streamlined. 'The administrative system has to change with the times to make it effective so that it could deliver the goods to the people,' adding that the Government would try to implement the recommendations as far as possible to make it people-friendly. He also suggested that recommendations need to be practicable otherwise there was no point in going forward with reforms. 'Most recommendations remain in paper only as they are not implement. As such, recommendations must be practicable whether it be short or long term ones,' he added.
He said that toning up the administration is the prime prerequisite before economic reforms can be ushered in. 'It is only through a quick, responsive administration that schemes can be implemented in letter and spirit and the the fruits can be enjoyed by the people for whom it was meant.'
Earlier, Shri Hazarika said that the commission strongly felt that if the recommendations in the report are implemented in toto a new era of citizen friendly, responsive and effective public administration could be ushered in the State within a very short span of time. He said that while there would no financial implication involved in implementing the administrative reform measures what would be required is only system restructuring and readjustment.
Some of the important recommendations as contained in the almost 300-page report included,among others, employee motivation and proper work culture, quick movement of files, effective redressal of public grievances and furnishing information to the visitors to the secretariat, rationalization of Government departments, utilization of Information Technology in Government administration, decentralization of powers up to divisional level, revamping of delivery system, single window facility for investors and entrepreneurs, abolition of schemes that are redundant and have not achieved the required objectives and merger of schemes that are similar in nature.
A host of ministers including Dinesh Prasad Goala, Gautam Roy, Misbahul Islam laskar, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and Ajanta Neog, Press Adviser to Chief Minister (I&PR), Dr. Bhagawan Lahkar , senior Government officials S. Kabilan Chief Secretary, PC Sharma and Ck Das, Additional Chief Secretary, Pk Choudhary, Principal Secretary , Administrative Reforms and Training Department and members of the Commission, Dr. Pk Choudhuri, Dr. Nk Choudhury, TL Baruah, JP Saikia and SK Khare, member-secretary were present on the occasion.
Assam Administrative Reforms Commission in association with National Informatics Centre (a Government of India Organisation) and U.S. Consulate General Kolkata organized a Video Conference on 7th March, 2005 to interact with Mr. Robert Cerasoli, an American Expert of international fame on Good Governance. Mr. Cerasoli gave an overview of the ethics in public administration enforced in United States of America through the institution called Inspector General which exists in Federal, State and sectoral levels. He highlighted the importance of ethical behaviour of the personnel running public administration which is imperative for Good Governance. Mr. Cerasoli also explained the concept of Global Compact, launched by United Nations in 2000 for voluntary enforcement of ethics in corporate sector.
On the basis of Mr. Cerasoli's presentation, there were interesting and educative interaction with him on different aspects of "Good Governance" where Shri Jatin Hazarika, Chairman Administrative Reforms Commission, Dr. Jayanta Madhav, Adviser to Chief Minister and Shri N.K. Das, Hony. Secretary Indian Institute of Public Administration and others participated. The one hour programme which was first of its kind in this part of the country was conducted through NIC network in the Video Room of NIC Assam located in the Janata Bhavan, Dispur.