New Delhi, September 9, 2014: Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions held an interactive session with the media to highlight the work undertaken by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions in the first three months of his assumption of charge. He mentioned that the Government has made a citizen friendly breakthrough in the field of accepting self certification in place of affidavits and attestation. Dr Jitendra Singh said that necessary amendments of different legislation may be required in this regard but the needful will be done without comprising of any security concern in the legislation. Another break through is in the field of pensioners’ welfare relating to pre-retirement counselling and their post retirement engagement.
Dr. Singh stated that his prime task from the first day of assumption of charge was to simplify governance to enable public service delivery to be citizen centred through a motivated, responsive, efficient and effective workforce.
He informed that his Ministry had taken many initiatives to implement the agenda of good governance simplified. The promotion of self certification in place of affidavits was a significant step towards making life easier for the common man and placing trust in its citizens. He also informed that his Ministry had accelerated the grievance redress mechanism with special focus on pensioners so that they don’t feel forgotten after their retirement. Cognisant of the need of the differently abled children, the Ministry had accorded exemptions to parents of such children from mandatory transfers.
Dr.Singh also stated that his Ministry had shown incredible speed in facilitating the setting up of the State administrative machinery in the newly created state of Telengana. Within five days of assumption of office, Orders were issued to around ten thousand State Government employees for serving in Telengana.
The Minister informed that his Ministry was moving towards reducing the processing time and fast tracking decisions. This year the Ministry had ensured reduction in the processing time in Service and Cadre allocation to 48 days in from 62 days and 12 days in cadre allocation from 148 days in the previous year.
Dr. Jitendra Singh also stated that the Civil Services Examination, which was indeed a very challenging task this year, was conducted peacefully and successfully. He informed that more than four and a half lakhs candidates appeared in the Civil Services Examination at more than two thousand centres all over the country.
The Minister also enumerated that a number of E-Initiatives taken by his Ministry to leverage technology in decision making. These initiatives included the development of customised software to cater to the specific requirements of personnel management like Empanelment and Appraisal System (EASY), Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Window (SPARROW), Property Related Information System (PRISM), E-SERVICE BOOK and maintenance of record in the E – RECORD ROOM.
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