In a move to make officials accountable and governance more transparent, the Devendra Fadnavis government has taken a slew of decisions including vesting of powers to transfer executive and deputy engineers in the contentious irrigation department with the principal secretary, Water Resources department, and chief engineers concerned, respectively.
Similarly, food and drugs inspectors, scientific officers, food security officers and administrative officers will now be transferred by the food and drugs commissioner concerned.
Earlier, the powers to transfer executive engineers were vested with the chief minister, and the others were transferred by ministers concerned.
“The officials with powers to transfer will henceforth be accountable for results in the respective areas and the delegation of powers to them will effectively decentralise authority,” said a top government official.
For the success of ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Maharashtra, all licences under Shops and Establishment Act, Factories Act, Labour Contractor Legislation Act and their renewal will be made online. And renewals will be automatic for 10 years, top sources told The Indian Express.
These licences have to be granted within 3 days or else the application submitted with payment of fees will be legally recognised as deemed licence and deemed renewed licences.
“Applicable with immediate effect, the decisions have been taken to increase ease of doing business in Maharashtra,” said the official.