Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “minimum government and maximum governance”, the thrust of the state government will be the realization of “Bahujana sukhaya bahujana hitaya”. The Chief Minister said this while speaking as chief guest at the workshop organized for the senior government officers starting from Secretary to the Chief Secretary on “Ways and means to toughen the efficiency of government machinery” at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati on Monday.
All through the workshop, threadbare discussion took place on affairs related to administrative reform, financial reform and implementation of government schemes where in the ministers shared their experience for well intervention.
Addressing the senior officers, the CM said that democracy is the most productive form of government and when people gets frustrated with the system anarchy prevails which in the end results in agitation. Due to this fact, the government machinery must be very cautious and work with utmost commitment for fulfilling the aspirations of the people. He further said that keeping this in view, the workshop used to be organized to usher in systematic reform to take the government closer to people and to verify effective implementation of government schemes.
While outlining the precedence of his government, the Chief Minister said that next 5 years must be the beginning of a new era in Assam. He said that each one senior officers have tremendous potentiality and they must utilize this for the welfare of the people.
He in addition said that government must be citizen-friendly and addressing the needs and concerns of the people must be the prime duty of the government. While performing this duty there must be no delay as delay means denial and citizen must not face any hardship because of negligence of the government servants, the Chief Minister added.
The Chief Minister further said that in the performance index, some departments have moved forward from good to better and now it’s the time to succeed in the most productive. Systematic reforms in governance must be the goal; Dr. Sarma said with a call for procedural simplification in disposing government affairs and urged the officers to get rid of the archaic dossier management system.
The CM directed to get a hold of a roadmap for expeditious disposal of files and bring in a system that effectively eliminates red-tappism. He also asked the officers to take essential steps for framing new rules, whether there is any want to ensure speedy disposal of files.
Further in tandem with the vision of the state government to make Assam one of the vital five best states of the country, the Chief Minister urged all senior officers to work collectively. He also stressed on speedy implementation of e-office management system at Janata Bhawan and at district offices together with developing a better work surroundings.