faltu files, lazy lunches, crowded corridors: Chief secy
- Nearly a month after he took over, chief secretary Desamangalam K
Mantralaya's babus have been advised to draft a comprehensive
action plan to dispose of pending files within a fixed timeframe.
As on December 31, 2005 a record number of 1.56 lakh files were pending in Mantralaya and the figure may cross the two lakh mark soon if quick steps are not taken for their speedy disposal.
Surprisingly, when Sankaran asked for the present status of pending files, at least five departments failed to submit even this basic information.
"There should be no reason for such a large number of pending files. I want at least 50 per cent of files to be disposed of in the next three months.'' Sankaran warned.
Alarmed by large-scale complaints, Sankaran asked bureaucrats to set a new example before their junior officers by remaining punctual. Most bureaucrats, a minister said, reach Mantralaya around 11.30 am and then leave for lunch at 1.30 pm, which, on most days extends upto 3.30 pm. "If we can take lunch in Mantralaya, why should the babus take lunch at home?'' the minister asked.
Sankaran has also expressed concern over the lack of neatness in Mantralaya. "All corridors in Mantralaya are flooded with old furniture and thousands of files. The public works department
responsible for maintenance of Mantralaya must swing into action quickly and provide a clean office,'' he said.
Publication:Times Of India Mumbai; Date:Mar 30, 2006; Section:Times City;