Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth Saturday met departmental secretaries in batches to discuss follow-up action on the PM’s meeting with them earlier this week and the “11 commandments” sent to them subsequently. The meetings were brief, lasting an average of 15-20 minutes, during which the secretaries were encouraged to give feedback on the 11 points of action outlined in Seth’s note to them on Thursday.
The secretaries were told the points were more of a statement of government’s intent and spirit and “not something etched in stone”. Officers are to interpret them in the perspective of their respective departments.
Among the points listed in the note were cleaning up of government offices, disposing of old files not needed anymore and timely resolution of public grievances. Secretaries are to review progress on a weekly basis and the cabinet secretary will take bi-weekly meetings, it was decided.
Departments have also been told to identify “at least 10 rules or processes and even archaic Acts that are redundant”.
Disinvestment Secretary Ravi Mathur said at the meeting that in his department, there are no rules or laws that are archaic as it came into existence not too long ago.
WCD Secretary Shankar Aggarwal said the Urban Development department should be asked to be prompt in doing small repair works.
Among other issues discussed was the fact that the government record rooms were too small to accommodate large numbers of files.