Back to basics for secretaries

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ias_amanullahAs per PM Modi’s instruction, very soon eighty-odd secretaries would be giving detail reports to the Prime Minister’s Office on how their first areas of posting fared in development over time. The officers are expected to give their reports by the end of this month. This is part of PM Modi’s initiatives for improving the government’s efficiency. The directive was issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last month.

The idea behind the move to send senior IAS officers to these places is to make a ground assessment of how central schemes are being implemented in the states, and what changes can be made to make them more beneficial. The officers are expected to meet locals as well as officials at the ground level and record their observations in a report.

There are 93 secretaries at the Centre of which Cabinet secretary Ajit Seth (UP), Information & Broadcasting secretary Bimal Julka (Ashok Nagar, MP), Coal Secretary Anil Swarup, (Kushinagar dist, UP),  Vandana Jena Land Resources secretary (Ukhrul, Manipur), and Afzal Amanullah (Musahari, Bihar) have already visited their respective places of first posting.

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