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Babus to come under public glare

Tapan Das, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, February 24, 2013
First Published: 14:41 IST(24/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:43 IST(24/2/2013)

All sarkari babus right from the top most chief secretary and down to block development officers (BDOs) would soon come under public glare if the current plans to fully computerise the state’s home, personnel and administrative reforms department (PARD) goes through smoothly.

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Anyone interested in obtaining relevant information about a particular official of the department or about the fate of a particular case of public interest being dealt by the department would just with a click of mouse get the relevant details, claimed a top official.

Efforts are now on for training the required personnel of the department by the National Informatics Centre, Delhi (NIC). A group of computer savvy energetic officials selected from the headquarters at Writers’ Buildings and also from each of the 18 districts are now being imparted the imperative training on all the intricacies of not only an efficient ‘file tracking system’.

They are also being initiated into the modern method of storing every relevant data in the computers about all important files involving appointment, posting, transfer, service records of each and every officer of the department, their ‘annual confidential reports’ (ACRs), public complaints and grievances against PARD officials, vigilance cases etc.

Asserting that performance of nearly 10,000 PARD officials including those employed from amongst the state ‘secretarial services’ (IAS, IPS, WBCS, audit and accounts, information, commercial tax, ‘personal assistants’) play a decisive role in the smooth functioning and public delivery system of any government of the day, the official stressed that the archaic system of moving rusty and brittle files through the labyrinthine setup concerned by ‘foot soldiers’ same way as in the hoary past has lost its relevance in the modern age of technological advance.

But although the old lackadaisical method is not to be discarded abruptly, any dutiful officer would now be provided a far easier alternative about all the ‘jobs on hand’.

Any officer keen to act promptly on any matter of public welfare would sitting at his desk get all information about urgent pending tasks before him, or about any glitches that might have held back execution of any particular decision and tasks, he added.

Prompt recording and restoration of all relevant information about official decision regarding matters of public interest in the department’s computers would surely help a lot in dumping the old oft-repeated practice of important files being ‘misplaced’ and not being ‘traceable’ during dire needs, he admitted frankly.

Also, arguing strongly that the proposed method would help identify both ‘performers’ and ‘laggards’ promptly and impartially, the official expressed hope that a fair and long overdue “reward and punishment” system for all richly deserving ‘public servants’ would become an imperative sooner than later.


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