Writier's building— the hub of Bengal’s governance and bureaucracy — will rewrite the archaic procedures that govern the functioning of officials of the West Bengal government to boost the delivery of services. The state has drafted three dons from Indian Statistical Institute, IIM Kolkata and IIT Kharagpur, among other experts, to work out a thorough overhaul of the bureaucracy and bureaucratic procedures.
The Writer’s Building houses the offices of the chief minister and the West Bengal government secretariat. The three dons, Professor Bhargab B. Bhattacharya of Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit of ISI Professor Raghabendra Chattopadhyay of Business Environment Group of IIM and Dr D. Gunasekaran, registrar of IIT, Kharagpur are part of a ten-member expert committee that will draw up a new plan to turn babus into efficient service providers.
State chief secretary Amit Kiran Deb is the chairman of the 10-member panel. The government issued a notification on the formation of the panel on January 4, 2007.
The committee has its task cut out: speeding up delivery of government services. A seemingly daunting task, given the archaic rules and regulations and the ancient systems in place and sometimes even the stationary is 50 years old.
A government notification issued recently said the primary area of activity of the panel was to work out ways to rationalise staff strength. The panel will carry out a detailed study of manpower requirement, right from the sub-divisional offices, district offices to the state headquarters. It is expected to work out a re-deployment policy that had to be shelved.
The government is also setting up a centre of excellence in public administration to supervise and monitor the citizen-centric good governance measures. The reforms plan also have a human resource development programme to prepare a scientific cadre management. Training for government officials on topics like team building, leadership, ethics in administration and problem solving form part of the expert panel’s job.