Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said there was a need to redesign the administrative system to avoid piling up of file work.
Gandhi pointed out that a government employee spends a lot of time tying and untying threads to open the outdated cardboard files used in government offices. “On an average, if a officer works on 100 files a day, he spends 25 minutes of his precious time on this,” Gandhi said.
The Central government in India employs 295 people per hundred thousand population, while the US employs 889.
An RTI query by Gandhi revealed that 144 transfers of the IPS officers made during July 2006 to August 2007 were made in months other than April and May, as the law states.
Also, no action was taken against the officers who did not clear files within seven days, flouting the Discharge of Official duties Act 2005.
Gandhi said, “Citizens should take up such issues of misgovernance in various areas.”
He further added: “Liberhan Commission took 17 years to ensure that it could deliver a report that has no impact on any of those who were guilty of criminal acts”.