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‘Share decisions with legislators’

The state government will now keep all political parties and elected representatives clued in on the decisions it takes.

mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2010 01:36 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The state government will now keep all political parties and elected representatives clued in on the decisions it takes.

All government resolutions and circulars will be sent to legislators and political parties, once they are in the public domain.

The General Administration Department (GAD) has issued a fresh government resolution (GR) on July 31 making it compulsory for all government departments and offices to follow the directive else face action.

“In a bid to increase transparency and make citizens and citizens’ representatives and political parties aware about government decisions…this decision was taken. But there were complaints of

non-implementation,” the GR says.

This rule has been in place from 2005 but was not being followed.

“The rule was in place but there was no single directive on how it will be followed. The new resolution collates all the different directives and gives a single line of action to be followed by departments,” said a senior GAD official requesting anonymity.

The new GR says copies of every government decision will be sent to all Members of Legislative Assembly and Council.

Important decisions like packages announced for particular areas or communities or incentives announced should be marked to the respective district collector too, and 10 copies should be sent to the Assembly library, so that they are accessible to all.

Five other copies should be sent to the head offices of all political parties so that they can keep people informed about the changes.

The decisions will be simultaneously uploaded on the government website.

“The inclusion of political party offices is a new and a welcome step,” said Neelam Gorhe, a Member of Legislative Council and spokesperson of the Shiv Sena.

“Our complaints are not just about state circulars but also central government circulars that have implications in the state but never reach us.”

She added: “There should also be a system to do with amendments in resolutions… the old resolution is never sent with the new one.”