NEW DELHI: With the deadline to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directives to Ministries and departments to ensure an improved work culture and work environment due on Wednesday, the division heads in all the Ministries have been asked to submit a compliance report on action points circulated by the Cabinet Secretariat on June 5.
A note from ministries to division heads said that to ensure desirable progress, action taken report may be sent by July 30, for further necessary action.
Among the 11 directives, four were related to important tasks such as repealing the archaic acts. The Cabinet Secretariat has asked every department to identify and repeal at least 10 rules of processes and even archaic acts that are redundant and would not lead to any loss of efficiency.
The departments were also asked to identify the forms that are in vogue and shorten them to one page only. The message from the Prime Minister was clear that seeking unnecessary or irrelevant information should be discouraged.
In order to break the bureaucratic logjam and policy paralysis in the governance, the PM had also asked to reduce the decision-making layers, keeping a maximum four layers in the departments. To improve the work environment, the Cabinet Secretariat had also asked the ministries to weed out old files and papers in accordance with the rules of record-keeping.
After the PM’s directive in June, several ministries had launched a special ‘office cleaning’ drive to spruce up offices and rid of unwanted old files.