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Hard at work

india Updated: Apr 22, 2012 23:01 IST

Wheels of govt turn too slow
The agenda of the Union Cabinet's last meeting included a proposal to approve a post of an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the ministry of Rural Development. Some ministers were curious on why an additional bureaucrat is required, soon it was discovered that it was actually a post-facto approval for a post that was already created in February. In a classic show of how files move slowly in government departments, the post — that lasted for a month — was already abolished before the proposal to clear it came before the cabinet in April.

Circular on ministers’ discretionary power
A call to Union ministers to surrender their discretionary powers nearly two years ago culminated in a circular from the department of personnel and training this month asking departments to lay down parameters for exercise of their discretionary powers and make it public. Of course, this will not change anything because the official line is that most ministers do not have any discretionary powers. As the group of ministers on corruption also noted, even those who did mention some were "in fact, powers exercised by the ministers in performance of their bonafide duties". A three-paragraph office memorandum hopes to cap the discussion with its advisory to draw guidelines and make them public.

Govt moves in to cap quick ascent of state officers
State service officers who were climbing the bureaucratic ladder a little too fast will have to slow down. The government has decided to reduce the seniority to be granted to state police, administrative and forest officers on their promotion to the All India Services if they moved up too quickly.