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Babus must report to ministers concerned as well as PMO: RSA

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The Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan’s unit has suggested to the government that it should introduce a dual reporting system for bureaucrats as it exists for financial advisers who are responsible and accountable to both executives and their own audit authorities. This makes them more sensible and prudential while taking decisions, the RSA believes.

A similar system can be thought of wherein the personal staff is both accountable to the minister concerned and the prime minister or his office; one of them could write the APAR and the other would review the same, KN Govindacharya’s outfit has proposed. This gives a better tool in the hands of the goernment wherein a two-layer assessment is done as it happens to the other babus.

These proposals were mooted at a meeting yesterday, which was convened to discuss efficent utilisation of government staff. Members of the organisation presented their views on how to make government staff more accountable and evolve a system immune to corruption. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Jayraj Naik.

Under the current system, a minister’s personnel are accountable only to him or her. All powers pertaining to disciplinary matters, including writing of Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APAR), is vested with the minister concerned and nobody else. This makes the staff insular to all other agencies except when a case turns into a scam. Even there, the matter gets diluted due to various stakeholders getting involved.

Speaking on the occasion, Naik said that the Government of India under Prime Ministership of Narendra Modi has already initiated a welcome step of preventing the appointment of relatives of ministers as the staff of the latter, breaking away from the practice till the previous governments.  “This has certainly ensured reduction of interference of power brokers,” Naik said.

The meeting concluded that dual reporting could be a made a policy decision and announced at the commencement of a government to prevent bad elements from entering the system and encourage sincere and honest workers to come forward and work.

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Surajit Dasgupta
Surajit Dasgupta
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sirf News Surajit Dasgupta has been a science correspondent in The Statesman, senior editor in The Pioneer, special correspondent in Money Life, the first national affairs editor of Swarajya, executive editor of Hindusthan Samachar and desk head of MyNation

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