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Cut down on red tape: PM tells senior bureaucrats

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 21, 2006

Cut down on red tape: PM tells senior bureaucrats
New Delhi | July 20, 2006 3:08:47 PM IST




A promise of good governance that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made from the ramparts of the Red Fort in his maiden speech, today again got a fillip when he told the Chief Secretaries of various states to cut down on red tape of every kind so as to ensure that any public-administration interface turns out to be a “pleasant” one.

Addressing the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories here today, Dr. Singh said: “A key problem faced by citizens when they interact with any government organization is red tape” and to remove it “both procedural and attitudinal changes” are required.

Suggesting that a large number of options are available to them to cut down on red tape, like simplification of transactions, strengthening accountability, using IT and e-governance tools, Singh said that the Right to Information Act would help in promoting behavioural and attitudinal changes in government employees.

Asking them to see the RTI Act “in the right spirit”, Singh said that this act should be viewed as “an aid for good governance and to use it for transforming governments into citizen friendly bodies.”

With the Mumbai serial blasts forming as the backdrop of the meeting, Singh emphasized that the threat to internal security must be dealt in new ways as “past responses were inadequate in dealing with these problems which are of a different intensity, magnitude, scale and scope.”

Terming Naxalism as “the single biggest challenge” faced by the country to our internal security, Singh called on the bureaucrats to utilize all available technologies and improve the capabilities to meet these challenges.

“These threats have to be met firmly, with determination and with a will to destroy them” Singh added, promising full support and cooperation of the Centre to the States in this regard. (ANI)


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